The Glenn Miller installment of the JAZZ MOODS: HOT series plays like a greatest hits of the early 1940s. Miller's orchestra enjoyed tremendous popularity, and the bandleader's name became virtually synonymous with swing. Even after the advent of funk, disco, and house music, "In the Mood" may still rank as one of the greatest dance songs of all time. With its clarion-call horn lines, bouncing rhythms, and sly refrain, it is impossible to sit still when it plays. Appropriately, the track leads off this set.
The string of Miller classics continues with "String of Pearls," the slowly chugging "Tuxedo Junction," and "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" (the smooth lead vocal and choral back-ups practically invite group sing-alongs). Though there were swing orchestras that hit harder and were more musically adventurous, no one captured the nation's imagination like Glenn Miller. JAZZ MOODS: HOT presents the crisp arrangements and streamlined sound of his orchestra in all its original (but beautifully remastered) glory.