One of the handsomest as well as one of the most colorful of modern jazz
maestros, Charlie Barnet was born in Manhattan. His family was wealthy and socially
prominent; Charlie was born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth. By the time
he was sixteen, he had exchanged the spoon for a saxophone. Still in his teens, he
organized a five-piece band, secured a spot on a transatlantic ocean liner and, after
establishing himself in the field, went South for a serious study of jazz in the place of
its origin, New Orleans. Back on the road, Charlie Barnet's interpretation of modern
jazz was revolutionary. The going was rough; he had to fight old routines and older
traditions. However, the young people were with him, and when Charlie appeared at
New York's Famous Door in 1939 he became an overnight sensation.
A veteran of two decades in the band business, Barnet is
almost as well-known as
This album contains some of Charlie Barnet's most
characteristic numbers, "Skyliner,"