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For Dancers Only! (A Lindy Hop Compilation)

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For Dancers Only! (A Lindy Hop Compilation) album cover
Call it Whatchawanna (Griffin)
Artist: The New Al Grey Quintet
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A letter (Ahlert-Young)
Artist: Jay McShann
Everyday I Have the Blues (Chatman)
Artist: The Clark Terry Quintet Feat. Carrie Smith
My Blue Heaven (Donaldson-Whiting)
Artist: Bob Wilber, Kenny Davern
Blue Mance (Mance)
Artist: The Junior Mance
Four or Five Times (Gay-Hellman)
Artist: Joe Williams
Boss Blues (Clayton)
Artist: Buck Clayton
Undecided (Shavers)
Artist: Bobby Hackett & Vic Dickenson
Bag's Groove (Jackson)
Artist: The Red Holloway Quintet Feat. O.C. Smith
Social Call (Gryce)
Artist: Dave Glasser
I Ain't Got Nobody (Graham-Peyton-Williams)
Artist: Ruby Braff & RalphSutton
Do Wah (McShann)
Artist: The Last Of The Whorehouse Piano Players
For Dancers Only (Oliver)
Artist: The Clark Terry Spacement
Album Information

Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 54:56

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Good melodies, not the right rhythm


Agreed, not true swing as played for the pioneers of Lindy Hop during the 30's. The rhythm causes your dance movements to be staccato and with an up-bounce, rather than free flowing and with a downward pulse.

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Lacks personality.


A Lindy Hop compilation... that is... if you're the kind of person who believes that a swing song is any song in 4/4 time. Sure it does swings a little - a little bit more than a shut door.

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Great mid-tempo swing for dancers


As one of the DJs who helped compile the songs for this album, (naturally) I think it's awesome. I agree that it is not meant to represent swing era music, but rather what most people would dance to at a Lindy exchange (go to lindyexchangedotcom). I use this CD for DJing and teaching regularly. One of the interesting aspects of this CD is that several songs were edited to bring this music to dancers. therefore the music here is unique. Kudos to Manu smith for his editing skills; the flow and rhythm of the music and phrasing is excellent.

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First off, this is a great album. It may not be from the 20-40's swing era times, but as a compilation I know this is definitely a favourite for many DJs including myself. Blues influenced: yes. Very groovy: yes. But the fun in doing slow Lindy to groove drenched, to that down Blues sound is incomparable. Come on, just think of a low light, late night Lindy party. But maybe I speak as a North East US based DJ. We up north are usually being groove-biased in our selections. Of course, not the ultimate compilation, but go explore, eh?

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Compiled by Lindy Hoppers for Lindy Hoppers


Those for whom "the age of Lindy Hop" is in the past may object that the music is not classic 20s-40s Swing, or a slavish imitation thereof. But those who are out dancing Lindy Hop every week will find much to enjoy. The selections included here were chosen from Chiaroscuro's catalog, and in some cases edited, by top Swing dance DJs. I wouldn't play this style of music all night long, but I do use this disc regularly when I DJ. Joe Williams' take on "Four or Five Times" is one of my personal favorites.

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Excellent Swing


I am a lindy dancer and I found several of the songs to be nice to dance to. The whole album is excellent. If you are a swing fan get this!!!!

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Beautiful Music, Definitely for Dancing


The album is not a comprehensive collection meant to satisfy the tastes of all Lindyhoppers, including the remarkably exclusive tastes of traditionalist lindy hoppers. Rather it satisfies the loves of the vast majority of the Lindy Hop public, the weekend warrior exchange and workshop attendees. The selections on this album are a wonderful gateway that can introduce dancers to the world of "musician's" jazz. While the melodies and rhythms remain truly danceable, the depth of music is enough to inspire multiple listenings while seated in a comfy chair sipping a glass of scotch. Musicians and dancers alike will enjoy listening (and dancing) to the riffs and solos presented here with passion and vigor, and exploring further the artists represented.

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Nice, but not really Lindy


I'll let more expert musicians judge the qquality of the music - it sounds reasonably good, but not first rate, to a dancer's ears. BUT be warned that, while if would be possible to Lindy Hop to this music, it is far too blues-influenced to be authentic core Lindy Hop material. If you are an experienced dancer, enjoy playing with it, but if you are just learning, stick to the classics (Basie, Miller, Goodman etc) because this album contains material influenced by things after the age of Lindy Hop, and is also, despite the title, not being played for dancers (it is obvious from the sound that the musicians are having a dialogue only with each other, and not with either dancers or listeners).

They Say All Music Guide

Mike Jones’ first trio outing for Chiaroscuro (after four solo piano releases) doesn’t mean that he is holding back in the least. Accompanied by two talented Chicagoans, bassist Kelly Sill and drummer Tim Davis, for these live sessions at the Green Mill (with whom he regularly works during his annual gig there), Jones’ demanding sets cover a lot of ground. His virtuoso romp through “(There Is) No Greater Love” inserts several amusing quotes, including “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” as do many of his other performances. He also revisits Oscar Peterson’s “Kelly’s Blues” (which Jones covered previously on Live at Steinway Hall) while losing none of his intensity, though he showcases his rhythm section. His impromptu “Green Mill Blues” sounds like a perfect set closer, an extended workout with the trio making a delayed entrance, though it’s possible that the audience wouldn’t let him go. His hilarious take of “Body and Soul” has the buoyancy and playfulness of Erroll Garner, followed by a blues-drenched interpretation of Fats Domino’s “I’m Walkin’.” Beautifully recorded with an attentive and not overly rambunctious audience in attendance, Mike Jones’ visit to the Green Mill proves to be a memorable one. – Ken Dryden

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