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Hollywood Swing & Jazz: Hot Numbers From Classic M-G-M, Warner Bros. & RKO Films

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Say what you will about the state of entertainment-conglomerate megamergers, but this ambitious Rhino compilation of jazz in film--combining music selections from three studios--would have been all but impossible without them. More importantly, this satisfying set serves as a virtual primer of jazz's influence on American films and its rich, multihued heritage and diversity--be it the "race music" of the Mills Brothers' 1933 romp "Congo Fever," Duke Ellington and Hoagy Carmichael's elegant classicism, Louis Armstrong's refined Dixieland, the big-band swing of Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, and Benny Goodman, or even that unlikeliest of jazz chanteuses, Doris Day. Collectors will also be delighted at the generous sampling of stellar outtakes that surface here for the first time, including an Ellington reading of "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm," originally intended for the Marx Brothers' Day at the Races, a smoky Lena Horne rendition of "I'll Get By," originally recorded for Louis B. Mayer's personal collection. And there are no fewer than nine cuts from the 1960 hipster opus The Subterraneans, many featuring Andre Previn, Art Farmer, Gerry Mulligan, and Art Pepper. Painstakingly compiled and lovingly annotated, this set is both great entertainment and joyous history lesson. Regarding history, it bears noting that when much of America's radio and clubs were still strictly segregated, black jazz performers found their broadest public exposure via Hollywood. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Hooray For Love: Living In A Great Big Way - Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson/Thomas 'Fats' Waller/Jeni Le Gon
  2. Operator 13: Congo Fever (Jungle Fever) (Outtake) - The Mills Brothers
  3. Hollywood Hotel: Let That Be A Lesson To You (Alternate Version) - Johnnie 'Scat' Davis/Frances Langford/Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  4. Hollywood Hotel: I've Got A Heartful Of Music - The Benny Goodman Quartet
  5. Freddie Rich And His Orchestra: You're An Education - The Three Symphonettes
  6. A Day At The Races: All God's Chillun Got Rhythm (Partially Unused Version) - Ivie Anderson/Benny & The Chrinoline Choir
  7. Going Places: Jeepers Creepers - Louis Armstrong
  8. Dancing Co-Ed: Nightmare - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
  9. Dancing Co-Ed: Traffic Jam - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
  10. Blues In The Night: Blues In The Night (Outtake) - Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra
  11. Six Hits And A Miss: You've Got To Know How To Dance - Six Hits And A Mmiss
  12. Cairo: Buds Won't Bud - Ethel Waters
  13. Cabin In The Sky: Things Ain't What They Used To Be/Going Up - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  14. Cabin In The Sky: Shine - Buck & Bubbles (Ford Buck & John W. Bubbles)/The Hall Johnson Choir
  15. Higher And Higher: Mrs. Whiffen (Outtake) - Mel Torme/Marcy McGuire/Ivy Scott
  16. I Dood It: One O'Clock Jump - Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  17. Broadway Rhythm: Body And Soul (Outtake) - The Hazel Scott Trio
  18. Bathing Beauty: Toot Suite (Outtake) - Harry James & His Orchestra
  19. To Have And Have Not: Hong Kong Blues - Hoagy Carmichael
  20. To Have And Have Not: Baltimore Oriole - Hoagy Carmichael
  21. Thrill Of A Romance: Please Don't Say No (Outtake) - The King Sisters
  22. Jammin' The Blues: Jammin' The Blues - Lester Young/Harry 'Sweets' Edison/Illinois Jacquet/Marlowe Morris/Garland Finney/John Simmons...
  23. Jammin' The Blues: On The Sunny Side Of The Street - Marie Bryant
  24. Romance On The High Seas: It's You Or No One - Doris Day
  25. Duchess Of Idaho: You Do Something To Me (Outtake) - Lena Horne
  26. I'll Get By (Private Studio Recording) - Lena Horne

Disc: 2

  1. An American In Paris: Do, Do, Do/Bidin' My Time/I've Got A Crush On You/Love Is Here To Stay - Benny Carter & His Orchestra
  2. The Strip: Ain't Misbehavin' (Outtake) - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars
  3. Skirts Ahoy: Hold Me Close To You - Billy Eckstine
  4. Remains To Be Seen: Taking A Chance On Love - Dorothy Dandridge
  5. Small Town Girl: My Flaming Heart - Nat 'King' Cole
  6. High Society: Now You Has Jazz - Bing Crosby/Louis Armstrong
  7. High Society: I Love You Samantha - Bing Crosby/Louis Armstrong
  8. This Could Be The Night: I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good - Julie Wilson
  9. The Subterraneans: Improvisation (Source #1) - Andre Previn Trio
  10. The Subterraneans: Red Drum Blues - Andre Previn Trio
  11. The Subterraneans: Improvisation (Source #2) - Andre Previn Trio
  12. The Subterraneans: Coffee Time - Carmen McRae
  13. The Subterraneans: Spaghetti Fantasy - Russ Freeman/Bill Perkins/Gerry Mulligan/Art Pepper/Art Farmer/Bob Enevoldson/Buddy Clark...
  14. The Subterraneans: Alarm Clock - Russ Freeman/Bill Perkins/Gerry Mulligan/Art Pepper/Art Farmer/Bob Enevoldson/Buddy Clark...
  15. The Subterraneans: Should I? - Andre Previn Trio
  16. The Subterraneans: Things Are Looking Down - Russ Freeman/Bill Perkins/Gerry Mulligan/Art Pepper/Art Farmer/Bob Enevoldson/Buddy Clark...
  17. The Subterraneans: Bread And Wine - Russ Freeman/Bill Perkins/Gerry Mulligan/Art Pepper/Art Farmer/Bob Enevoldson/Buddy Clark...
  18. All The Fine Young Cannibals: God Bless The Child - Pearl Bailey
  19. Two Weeks In Another Town: Don't Blame Me - Leslie Uggams
  20. Sunday In New York: Sunday In New York - Mel Torme
  21. Get Yourself A College Girl: The Girl From Ipanema - Stan Getz/Astrud Gilberto
  22. Made In Paris: Skol Sister - Count Basie & His Octet
  23. Made In Paris: Goof Proof - Count Basie & His Octet
  24. Made In Paris: Lottie - Count Basie & His Octet
  25. When The Boys Meet The Girls: I Got Rhythm - Louis Armstrong

Product details

  • Audio CD (April 25, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: April 25, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00004S825
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,896 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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