I'm just curious really as to everyones opinion on old and new recordings. I've been trawling through my 'old school' big band albums of late, enjoying the lead playing of Benny Bailey, Bud Brisbois, Conrad Gozzo. I have to say that i love the sound of those recordings! Albums like (Buddy Bregman's) Swingin' Kicks, Kenton In High-Fi sound so much more alive than their modern day brothers. At risk of smacking the hornet's nest I think that when you compare them to Phat band, Grp etc recording's (as great as the playing is on them) they sound a bit flat!! Old school kicking new school's arse!!