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Ah—the Year 2000. The beginning of the a new millennium and a new era of retro music. Y2K didn't bring the colossal meltdowns that were predicted worldwide, but it did bring the return of several classic artists from years gone by. Old friends that you grew up listening to on your parents' radio were suddenly back on the scene with brand new record releases.

Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King returned to the airwaves with Let The Good Times Roll. Bryan Ferry, who made the ladies swoon as frontman for the group Roxy Music, made his foray in to swing with As Time Goes By. The lovely Keely Smith returned from oblivion in an amazing come back tour and revisited her hits from the days when she sang with her husband, Louis Prima.

Boxed set collections and anthologies were also the choice form of record releases. The year 2000 witnessed collective releases from Duke Ellington, Sammy Davis Jr., Billie Holiday, Etta James and Nat King Cole. But don't get me wrong, 2000 wasn't just about the classics: Y2K began the filtering of the retro music world. Modern swing bands were all around in the later part of the 1990s, and in 2000, the cream truly floated to the top. Those that rose above included the likes of Candye Kane, Hawaii's Hula Joe and The Hutjumpers, New York's Josh Max's Outfit and the late, great Peggy Cone.

Y2K Proved to be an exciting year in many respects. Click any of the reviews in the right column for a sample of what kicked off a promising era of 21st Century Swing.



Year 1999 Reviews
Year 2000 Reviews
Year 2001 Reviews
Year 2002 Reviews
Year 2003 Reviews
B.B. King—Let The Good Times Roll
Bellevue Cadillac—Take Out Out Takes
The Blue Dahlia—The Blue Dahlia
Bryan Ferry—As Time Goes By
Candye Kane—The Toughest Girl Alive
City Rhythm—Strikes Again
Dave's True Story—Unauthorized
Dmitri Resnik—It Ain't Rocket Science
Duke Ellington—The Essential Collection
Ernie Krivda—The Band That Swings
Etta James—The Chess Box
Fat Daddy Pussycat—Swing 2000
Flying Neutrinos—Hotel Child
George Gee & The Jump Jive and Wailers—Buddha Boogie
Hollywood Swing & Jazz
Hula Joe & The Hutjumpers—
Hula Joe & The Hutjumpers
Jimmy Nations Combo—Tarheel Boogie
Jimmy Vargas—The Tease, The Torch...
Josh Max's Outfit—Make It Snappy
Keely Smith—Swing Swing Swing
Kim Lenz—The One and Only
Midnight Cool—Jazz Classics Collection
Mora's Modern Rhythmists—
Call of the Freaks
Nat King Cole—Golden Years 1943-1946
The Original Band—
Still Rockin' Around The Clock
Peggy Cone—Bad Girl Shoes
Quinn Lemley—Dance or Die!
Red & The Red Hots—Gettin' Around
Red Peters—The Deacon Moves In
Sammy Davis Jr.—Sammy & Friends
Scrappy Hamilton—At Rock Bottom
Tom Maxwell—Samsara
The Slingshots—Feels So Right
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