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very few records even begin to capture what it is like to be in the room with a big band...not these rehearsal bands, but seasoned players who know what it means to play and project without amplification. Those days are probably gone, but still, yeah, section(s), what a great thing to have had, just the sounds and the colors of the different bands.
First time I heard a big band live was Basie on this very tour. "All that air moving around you" is a fine way to put it. IIRC, the first tune they played at that concert was the semi-flagwaver "Stereophonic," and after the trumpets cut in I pretty much had to pick myself up from the floor. Think I was sitting just a few rows from the stage, too. And that sax section!