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Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra: The Chronological Classics, 1941-1942

Lucky MillinderAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 4, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Classics
  • ASIN: B00007GX8F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1. Trouble In Mind
2. Slide, Mr. Trombone
3. Ride, Red, Ride
4. Rock! Daniel
5. Big Fat Mama
6. Shout, Sister, Shout!
7. Apollo Jump
8. Rock Me
9. Hey Huss!
10. Let Me Off Uptown
11. That's All
12. How About That Mess?
13. Fightin' Doug MacArthur
14. I Want A Tall Skinny Papa
15. We're Gonna Have To Slap The Dirty Little Jap (And Uncle Sam The Guy Who Can Do It)
16. Savoy
17. Are You Ready?
18. Mason Flyer
19. When The Lights Go On Again (All Over The World)
20. Little John Special

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See the 1943-47 CD for a lengthy examination of Lucky and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. This CD has the tracks missing from that one, and great tracks they are: Savoy, Apollo Jump, That's All, I Want A Tall Skinny Papa. These songs move--it is impossible to sit still while they're playing. The horns are sharp, the arrangements snap, Panama Francis on drums is wonderful, and Trevor Bacon, while not much of a singer is yet quite endearing. Sister Rosetta is an extraordinary vocalist--and plays a mean guitar.
There are also some lame songs (e.g. Slide, Mr. Trombone with its vaguely sexual overtones) and some WWII screeds that sound dated, but certainly not heard elsewhere. But overall, a snappy, jaunty collection of material that should not be overlooked for those who like the hopping sound of the early 40s.
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Chronological Classics CDs were a concept of Gilles Pétard of France who set out in 1989 to ambitiously re-release as many of the 78-rpm Jazz/Big Band (Swing) selections as he could, each with detailed and informative inserts. The first volume was Ella Fitzgerald 1935-1937 and, after producing close to 1,000 CDs, the series ceased operations in 2004 after filing for bankruptcy. By that time Pétard had started on some of the earliest 45-rpm/33 1/3-rpm discs, while encompassing many of the top R&B artists of the time.

Some of the artists were featured over more than one CD, and in the case of bandleader and singer Lucius "Lucky" Milinder (born on August 8, 1900 in Anniston, Alabama but raised in Chicago) there are four. He first entered the business with the Mills Blue Rhythm Band in 1934 before moving over to the Bill Doggett orchestra in 1938 and then, in 1940, forming his own orchestra. From there to 1952 his aggregations boasted a veritable Who's-Who of R&B as members included Dizzy Gillespie, Lockjaw Davis, Annisteen Allen, Big John Greer, Wynonie Harris, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Trevor Bacon, Tab Smith, and Bull Moose Jackson, among others.
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Colorful bandleader Lucky Millinder was on top of the world in 1941 and 1942. His multi-talented lineup in those years featured the likes of the noted jazz/R&B pianist and organist Bill Doggett as well as the great Dizzy Gillespie who many consider one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all-time. Add to that gifted vocalists like Trevor Bacon and the legendary Sister Rosetta Tharpe and you have a recipe for some simply incredible music. "Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra: 1941-1942" features all of the great and diverse sounds emanating from the Millinder outfit in those days. This is one highly entertaining disc!
Fans of gospel and R&B will certainly recognize the name of Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Rosetta was an exceptionally talented vocalist and an outstanding guitarist as well. She had launched her career in the 1930's and experienced remarkable success as a solo act. She joined Lucky Millinder's Orchestra in 1941 and the results were simply magic. You can sample a half dozen or so of Rosetta's incredible vocals on this disc including extraordinary tunes like "Rock Me", "I Want A Tall Skinny Papa" and "Shout Sister Shout". This is phenominal stuff folks! Likewise you can enjoy the vocal stylings of Trevor Bacon. His heartfelt rendition of
the definitive World War II era tune "When The Lights Go On Again (All Over The World)" just might bring a tear to your eye. And jazz afficianados will certainly enjoy a pair of tunes featuring Dizzy Gillespie solos namely "Mason Flyer" and "Little John Special". Those who enjoy the swinging sounds of a great big band will find tunes like "Savoy" and "Apollo Jump" highly satisfying indeed! Now this collection features a pair of other World War II numbers.
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