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Spirits Of RhythmAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 12, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Allegro Corporation
  • ASIN: B000005R4I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,611,515 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Underneath The Harlem Moon
2. How Deep Is The Ocean?
3. Nobody's Sweetheart
4. I Got Rhythm
5. I've Got The World On A String
6. I Got Rhythm
7. Rhythm
8. I'll Be Ready When The Great Day Comes
9. My Old Man
10. 'Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
11. I've Got The World On A String
12. From Monday On
13. As Long As I Live
14. Junk Man
15. Dr. Watson And Mr. Holmes
16. Dr. Watson And Mr. Holmes
17. That's What I Hate About Love
18. Shoutin' In That Amen Corner
19. It's A Long Way To Tipperary
20. I Woke Up With A Teardrop In My Eye
See all 24 tracks on this disc

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spirits of Rhythm 1932-1934 February 25, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This CD has some of the "jazziest" jazz one could imagine. With a couple of tiples, a paper wrapped suitcase for drums (complete with whisk brooms), some wonderful guitar work from the legendary Teddy Bunn and great "scat" singing from Leo Watson, many of these tracks should be considered classics.
The first track "Underneath The Harlem Moon," is five stars plus with Watson at his scat singing best and a surprise change of tempo near the end that would bring an audience at the Apollo to its feet.
"How Deep Is The Ocean" has some great vocal, too, from Watson and banjo struttin' Wilbur Daniels. Great "back and forth" stuff!
"Nobody's Sweetheart", "I Got Rhythm" and "I've Got The World On A String" also rate very highly.
And speaking of "rhythm," the song of that very name is included here...and it's just great!
The classic "My Old Man" is very harmonic with some superior guitar work from Bunn and some excellent tiple work from the Daniels brothers.
"That's What I Hate About Love" is also a "5 star special" with some wonderful back and forth bantering between the Daniels boys.
Red McKenzie and Ella Logan also have stints in this selection of tunes...but it's Watson, Bunn, Daniels and Daniels, Virgil Scroggins and Wilson Myers that make this the worthy addition to any jazz collection. JB.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hella fun. November 2, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Smooth jive vocals, midway between the chaotic hilarity of Slim Gaillard and the swank harmonies of the Mills Brothers. Along with all the hepcat stuff, the Spirits also sang plenty of cornball material, although they always did it with a wink and nod. On several tracks they back Ella Logan, one of the superior blues singers of her time, and those tunes are particularly nice. This Dutch import has since been mirrored by a release on the Classics label... That one probably has even better sound quality, but any way you're able to track this music down, you'll be ever so happy. Fun stuff.
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