10 April 1959, Massapequa, New York, USA. Raised on Long Island, Setzer began playing the euphonium at the age of eight but in his late teens switched to electric guitar. At the end of the 70s, he formed a band, the Stray Cats, playing an updated form of rockabilly. The implied interest in the origins of popular music would not be mistaken and by the early 90s, after a couple of minor solo albums away from the Stray Cats, Setzer ventured into other, potentially deeper waters. Although he had by then achieved a good measure of fame, Setzer took a calculated risk and put together a big band with which he began playing swing era-influenced music. Although the instrumental line-up resembled swing era big bands (eight brass, five reeds, plus two basses and drums), the concept was designed as a showcase for Setzers singing and guitar playing. Despite the absence of other instrumental solos, the overall ensemble sound was not too dissimilar to ears unaccustomed to...
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