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TURN-ONS AND TURN-OFFS IN CURRENT HOME ENTERTAIMENT RELEASES : Excellent Good Fair Poor : VIDEOCASSETTES

July 15, 1986|LEONARD FEATHER | Terry Atkinson

"All-Star Swing Festival." Vestron. $29.95. Taped live at Lincoln Center in 1972, this cornucopia brings us a roll call of giants. We are reminded of the many losses: Goodman, Ellington, Basie, Paul Desmond, Gene Krupa, Earl Hines, Barney Bigard, Bobby Hackett, Tyree Glenn. Still with us: Doc Severinsen, who emcees (and plays excellently on the closing Satchmo tribute), Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams, Dave Brubeck, Teddy Wilson, Lionel Hampton, Tommy Flanagan. The tunes are predictable, with one exception, a romping "Ding-Dong Daddy" by the Goodman-Hampton-Wilson-Krupa reunion group. A priceless document. Information: (203) 968-4000.

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