Metronome, February, 1946

March 17, 2020#1961

Metronome, a monthly magazine, was a must-read publication for big band musicians and their fans. An interesting feature was Letters to the Editor, which gave fans the opportunity to express their opinions about the big band scene of 1946. World War II was over. Musicians who served in the armed forces returned to civilian life and, in many cases, resumed their roles as sidemen with prominent bands that had prospered in the pre-war era. This magazine contained reviews of new record releases, and the editors of the publication didn’t pull their punches when they thought a band didn’t meet their high standards.


Begin the beguine — Artie Shaw

South Rampart Street parade — Kid Ory

Begin the beguine — Eddie Heywood

I only have eyes for you — Boyd Raeburn

Look out — Metronome All-Star Band

Moten swing — Sam Donahue

Borderline — Ray McKinley

Long, long journey — Ellington/Armstrong

Transblucency — Duke Ellington

Riffin’ drill — Duke Ellington

Angry — Tiny Hill

Meandering — Shorty Sherock

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