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Hotel swing, 1928-1942. When grand hotels owned their own dance bands and broadcast with their own radio towers. When fast-talking came to the movies, the unemployed dreamed of Greta Garbo, and "Ritz" was the electric sound of money.

Sixteen short tracks, announcements and interludes featuring Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, and Xavier Cugat and his Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra.

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3 comments on Grand Hotel

The ending is rather odd, isn't it? Such an excellent flow, and then bam. Then again, it could just be refusal to accept that it had to end.

Two O'Clock Jump and then close the curtains? That's how Count Basie used to close his concerts (his version's called One O'Clock Jump)! Letting the band loose, winding everyone up, and then sending them home. But I guess I was also worried that the whole thing was too long and thought I'd end it there before people got sick of crackly dance band broadcasts.

Good point. It's rather long, and shuffle doesn't do it justice, but I'll definitely abuse these delights in the future with good company. Much obliged!