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Japanese Girls Swing Band

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  1. K7RQ

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  2. KI6DCB

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    It's OK. I'll take Goodman's "Sing, Sing, Sing/Christopher Columbus" over this one, though. This was "nice...accurate...precise..." but the only thing approaching the soul of the original was the tenor sax lick at just after the three-minute mark.

    Hey, it's a movie, not a concert, so it's acceptable.
     
  3. WF7A

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    It being a staged scene for a movie, can any of you musicians out there tell if the girls are actually playing their instruments or is it all dubbed?
     
  4. N8CPA

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  5. WB2WIK

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    That's not dubbed, and they're really good!

    Not to mention incredibly cute.
     
  6. WB5HQH

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    Watched the whole movie. One of the best I've seen lately.
    Definitely readable er watchable.:D
     
  7. KK4AMP

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    These guys aren't japanese, but they dress the part when they perform:
    http://www.daikaiju.org/
    No, it ain't swing, it's Surf Rock, baby!

    ...ok, so technically it's surf rock with sci-fi song titles. Nevertheless, it's one of those nearly lost forms of music, much like swing. Hope you enjoy it!
     
  8. KI6DCB

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    Some dubbed, some as filmed, but all actually played by the ones shown. Making a movie scene like that is really grueling, and I'd bet that dozens of takes were involved. I should probably watch the movie; I used to be a trumpet player (Of some note, I might add!), and I would like to know what the mouse thing was all about and how she kept it stuck to the bell while playing. Putting tape or glue on a brass instrument, except in the most dire of emergencies (Don't ask...) is anathema.
     
  9. W2ILP

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    One must realize that the Japanese girls were all high school age girls. I dunno if you could get a group of American high school kids to do any better. One of my sons was a trumpet player in an all district musical retreat for high school musicians in New York State. The concerts that they gave were good but not exactly as good as professionals.

    Those girls played a final concert when t hey graduated high school. I dunno how many became professional musicians. See also the humorous videos (some with English subtitles) that can be linked to from the video that started this thread. The personalities and sense of humor and acting of some of the individual girls are refreshing and attractive by any standards.

    Japan is an interesting nation that had completely accepted American culture. No other nation has copied our baseball and music ....and still retained their own as well. Japan still has all male Kabuki, all girl odori, all geisha samesan playing, sumo wrestling and other stuff that is all Japanese.

    Remember too that the JARL not only copied the ARRL...They made world class ham radios.

    When Tokyo Rose broadcasted propaganda to American GIs during WW2, she played the swing era records of the big bands, as well as all the American pop music of the '40s. In my opinion she influenced Japanese musicians and Japanese makers of musical instruments more than the GIs. During the occupation of Japan the Japanese were well prepared to entertain the GIs with not only their own music but with night clubs dedicated to swing, Dixieland, Latin, and country music. They manufacture every type of instrument in Japan...both electronic and accustical...harmonicas, keyboards, guitars, brass, pianos, percussions, strings, reeds...You name it. I doubt if any other single nation can do that. When on tour to China, visiting musicians could not even find a usable piano! I kid you not.

    w2ilp (Imported Large Pianos?) Ein Steinway?
     
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  10. K1DNR

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    For high school age kids, amazing.

    As a great musical performance, I'm sorry. Its awful. It is stiff, and doesn't swing.

    Wanna see a Japanese cutie who knows how to actually swing?
    [video=youtube;02b4u0Sg5KM]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02b4u0Sg5KM[/video]

    [video=youtube;UxqH-rOstcg]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxqH-rOstcg[/video]
     
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2011
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