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The Post-War Era

The Post-War Era

August 12, 2008
4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 12, 2008
  • Release Date: August 12, 2008
  • Label: RCA Bluebird
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  • Total Length: 1:09:28
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  • ASIN: B001DOOMLA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,698 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By A Customer on January 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Ask most people or musicians about Tommy Dorsey, and you'll usually get an opinion regarding his musical conservatism. Understandable, since his biggest hits were typically not jazz-oriented. This CD proves that you can't judge a musician by sales receipts, however. In the mid to late 40's TD was faced with dwindling popularity, yet had the financial capital to staff an excellent band with musicians he respected along with the new ideas that they possesed. A few names like Charlie Shavers, Louis Bellson, Doc Severinson, Ray Wetzel, Walt Levinsky, and Buddy Rich ensure that the astute jazz listener will be surprised and satisfied. TD himself also demonstrates his musicality as a lead and solo trombonist, and his work wears well by any standard, on I Get a Kick Out of You, I'm in the Mood for Love, and The Song is You especially. The arrangements on this CD are primarily by Bill Finegan. The liner notes on this RCA CD are excellent, written by Loren Schoenberg, an excellent scholar and musician. The recordings are in chronological order, and are rather variable in quality, tending to improve with time. What emerges here in this collection is a musical gem - modern orchestrations without the bombast that often accompanied late 1940's bands. This CD demonstrates that TD is owed a significant musical debt by his support of modern music, rather than another recitation of his earlier (and substantial) efforts of the Swing Era. Even the CD cover is an illustration of TD in the late 40's. I recommend this CD strongly.
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Very enjoyable batch of hits, with a tad better sound than was possible with TD's earlier recordings. Very satisfied and enjoyed the lesser-known tunes, many of which held their own against the oft-recorded biggies. It includes Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton's favorite dance (with lyrics!) 'The Hucklebuck'.
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By Bop Man on September 14, 2011
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Unfortunately, T.D. must have lost the bulk of his fans when "Frankie" left. Despite an almost perfect sounding band that featured Stuart Foster, Lucy Ann Polk (WOW!) and The Sentimentalists vocal group, the great Dorsey band hit the skids and even broke up in December, 1946. But Dorsey was back a few months later determined to produce better music with a new band. Glenn Miller's great arranger, Bill Finegan, who was more than happy to break out of the highly stylized Miller mold, helped push the TD band to its artistic peak. Just listen to "The Continental" (Whew!) Meanwhile, ace drummer Louie Bellson contributes plenty of tub work on "Drumology". Beginning with the 1949 recordings, there's a noticable boost in the fidelity of the tunes because they were now using Ampex tape recorders instead of the wax lathes used earlier. Too bad, Dorsey left RCA in 1950 to record for Decca, (now Universal Music). You know what that means: No CD Reissues.
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By A Customer on January 15, 2001
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Ask most people or musicians about Tommy Dorsey, and you'll usually get an opinion regarding his musical conservatism. Understandable, since his biggest hits were typically not jazz-oriented. This CD proves that you can't judge a musician by sales receipts, however. In the mid to late 40's TD was faced with dwindling popularity, yet had the financial capital to staff an excellent band with musicians he respected along with the new ideas that they possesed. A few names like Charlie Shavers, Louis Bellson, Doc Severinson, Ray Wetzel, Walt Levinsky, and Buddy Rich ensure that the astute jazz listener will be surprised and satisfied. TD himself also demonstrates his musicality as a lead and solo trombonist, and his work wears well by any standard, on I Get a Kick Out of You, I'm in the Mood for Love, and The Song is You especially. The arrangements on this CD are primarily by Bill Finegan. The liner notes on this RCA CD are excellent, written by Loren Schoenberg, an excellent scholar and musician. The recordings are in chronological order, and are rather variable in quality, tending to improve with time. What emerges here in this collection is a musical gem - modern orchestrations without the bombast that often accompanied late 1940's bands. This CD demonstrates that TD is owed a significant musical debt by his support of modern music, rather than another recitation of his earlier (and substantial) efforts of the Swing Era. Even the CD cover is an illustration of TD in the late 40's. I recommend this CD strongly.
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