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Complete Recordings 1935-1939 [ORIGINAL RECORDINGS REMASTERED] 2CD SET
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Though he might have been ranked second at any given moment to Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller or Harry James, Tommy Dorsey was overall the most popular bandleader of the swing era who high standards and attention to detail made him a maestro of the swing band. Through his love of Jazz, Tommy Dorsey introduced the concept of what was to be the first 'band-within-a-band' using members of his own orchestra to form a small group to continue his astute mix of sweet and swing. From the lively introduction of "The Music Goes 'Round And Around", we're off and swinging, and with the great musicians throughout this fantastic 2CD set including Sterling Bose, Bud Freeman and of course Dorsey himself you won't be able to switch this off until the group play their last note! Amongst all the fine solo's to be heard in this collection, it is impossible to forget the superb trombone of Tommy Dorsey just listen to the solos on "Sailing At Midnight", "My Own", "You're As Pretty As A Picture" and "Thanks For Everything" if any proof be needed. How about a touch of that sauce!
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Dorsey's recordings with his Clambake Seven are high-quality 1930s jazz, full of originality and room for improvisation. Dorsey's trombone is prominently featured throughout, but the sides include contributions from legendary Dorsey sidemen such as Bud Freeman, Dave Tough, and Sterling Bose. The result is a group of attractive, commercially viable records that ooze with hot, inventive solos. A great deal of the selections are mostly novelty numbers handled with ease by all the participants, who appear to be having a lot of fun playing together in the studio. Unlike Benny Goodman, who was well known for his scorn of vocalists, Dorsey was well aware that records featuring singers were often more likely to sell well, and perhaps for that reason, most of his Clambake Seven cuts include vocals by Edythe Wright and Jack Leonard. Both of them are accomplished vocalists who add to the fun-loving atmosphere of these sessions. Leonard was the featured male singer with the Dorsey band prior to the arrival of stars such as Frank Sinatra and Dick Haymes, and unfortunately his career was not as successful, and he did not record as much, which adds even more value to these tracks.
Sadly, when discussing or anthologizing the career of Tommy Dorsey, his output with the Clambake Seven is often overlooked. For that reason, I believe that Jasmine Records has done yet another magnificent job putting together all these recordings in a definitive set that is essential not only for Dorsey aficionados, but also for collectors of pre-war swing and jazz.
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