Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Take the biggest hit songs on the planet, add some rockin' swing, scorching electric guitar, put it into a blender with an 18-piece Big Band and you have something pretty mind-blowing. Classical music is the fertile ground of the greatest melodies ever written, and you will know every single one on this CD (even if you don't recognize the titles). As great as these classical melodies are, however, when presented in their original context among long and drawn out movements, they're often very hard for most people to digest. As a result, the majority of music fans don't own any of it. With Wolfgang's Big Night Out Setzer has embarked on the most ambitious undertaking of his career in re-arranging and orchestrating these classical pieces into streamlined hit melodies that are nothing short of WOW!
No Depression (p.104) - "Here, Setzer shares the glory with his inspired band of mirthmakers who knock out of the park tight arrangements by Frank Comstock, who got his start in the 1940s."
As the man who made rockabilly popular with the big-haired, synth-soaked '80s New Wave crowd, and then helped pioneer a big-band swing revival in the grunge-ridden '90s, Brian Setzer is the Miracle Man of American music. This makes it possible to understand how he can pull off rockin', jump-blues-tinged, big-band versions of famous themes by venerated classical composers on WOLFGANG'S BIG NIGHT OUT. In yet another unprecedented move, Setzer and his orchestra lend big brassy horn riffs, swinging grooves, and of course plenty of death-defying jazz/blues guitar licks to the works of Mozart, Beethoven, et al. Neither classical music nor swing are ever likely to be the same again, and that probably suits Setzer just fine.
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