as far as a total system workout nothing quite asks as much from a system as big band with all those horns at full tilt. if you don't have the urge to get up and dance with this, it will never happen.
and you got to play it loud....
here is a 10 year old thread about the ultimate big band. you likely have it already......and it is an audiophile war horse.....but it's the real deal great big band....'Malletoba Spank' is still the gold standard for system diag. off "Jazz Party In Stereo"
MEP asked me to explain how i use 'Malletoba Spank' from Ellington's 'Jazz Party in Stereo' as a reference cut, and what i listen for here. current available 33rpm pressing; http://store.acousticsounds.com/d/15512/Duke_Ellington-Jazz_Party_in_Stereo-200_Gram_Vinyl_Record coming soon the ORG 2...
another great big band really well recorded and pressed is Harry James on Sheffield;
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I was in VA a few weeks ago. I stopped at a thrift store. Some guy either died or gave up music because there had to be 200 plus big band albums there. All with his name and phone number stamped on the cover. I thought of getting a couple but did not as I was flying.