In the 1900s, there developed a genre of music such as swing, which became a distinctive style in the mid-1940s. Swing is a type of music that applies a strong rhythm piece that includes double bass and drums as the anchor for a guide part of brass instruments, such as trombones and trumpets, woodwinds instruments, such as clarinets and saxophones, stringed instruments, such as the guitar and the violin, application of tempos that are medium to fast, and a lilting swig time rhythm. The name “swig music” originated form the idiom “a swing feel”, whereby there was a stress on the offbeat or weaker beat in this type of music. It totally differed from the qualities of other genres of music such as the classical music (Piero 45). The main objective of this paper is to focus on the differences between the swing revival music and the swing era music, referencing to musicians such as the Brian Seltzer Orchestra Glenn Miller, Squirrel Nut Zippers, and music from the Pan Alley era and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Differences in terms of instrumentation, timbre and groove in music will be looked at as well.
The swing revival music
Swing music that was popular in the late 1990s was led by musicians and bands like the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Royal Crown Revue, and Cherry Poppin' Daddies, etc. It essentially combined the swing jazz with modern styles of music such as Ska, Rockabilly, and Rock music. Bands and musicians like the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy played music that was concentrated, danceable, and bonded with deep-seated soul needs in order make it look modern. The rhythm of the swing revival was generally a mild beat, enabling one to dance.
The grove of almost all the swing revival music entailed the application of instruments such as the electric bass or double bass in order to come up with music that makes a person feel like he/she wants to move. Swing music from the Squirrel Nut Zippers primarily combined instrument that could play chord, such as the guitar and piano. The swing revival music produced a quality sound form the musical instrument so as to bring up rhythmic feeling that makes one feel like swinging. The swing revival’s role as music was to affect modernization and commercialization in the 20th century. However, this music was a bit different from the swing era music (Lewis 78).
The swing era music
The swing era was a jazz inspired style of music that saw the transformation of the American popular music. . Between 1935 and 1945, hundreds of large dance orchestra groups of the swing era music were formed. They included the Tin Pan Alley. The rhythm in the swing era music entailed a bouncy, up-and-down movement by means of more fluid horizontal, which were remarkably smooth. Basically, the rhythmic feeling of the swing era music was uninterrupted and had a sense of flow in it. The timbre of music in the Pan Alley era applied a concept of all the four beats of music in apprise rather than the combination of the third and the fourth beats only. Such a technique was referred to as walking the bass. The swing era music was a sign of sophistication and modernization. Fletcher Henderson’s ‘in the mood’ is a notable instance not only of the rhythmic flow and texture of the swing era music but also of the steadiness between simplicity and complexity that characterizes most of the Tin Pan Alley era music (Thomas 154).
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