Music: The Swing from Swing

There was considerable evidence last week that big brassy jazz bands would have to pipe down or go away. After twelve years in which swing has been king, the crown is now passing to the sweet.

Said Swingman Charlie Barnet, whose white band had been one of the few wild enough to tickle Harlem's native ear: "Tension music was okay during the war. Now we're done with it." He was about to cut down his 21-piece swing band to a smaller, tamer one because loud music hadn't paid well enough lately. Said he: "I'm one of the worst offenders. I have...

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