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Billy May Sorta-May / Jimmie Lunceford In Hi-Fi (2-CD)

Sorta-May / Jimmie Lunceford In Hi-Fi (2-CD)
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2007
  • Label: Collectables Records

Description by OLDIES.com:

Billy May's long and varied career is best known by his walloping arrangements for Frank Sinatra on classic LPs from "Come Fly With Me" to "Trilogy". These two original 1955 LPs feature May's Big Band performing great songs that showcase his popular arrangements. Included are May's big band playing such standards as "You're The Top", "You Go To My Head" and his charts for Jimmie Lunceford's group recordings of "Ain't She Sweet" and "My Blue Heaven".

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Thou Swell
  • 2.Blues In The Night
  • 3.Chicago
  • 4.All You Want To Do Is Dance
  • 5.You Go To My Head
  • 6.Soon
  • 7.In A Persian Market
  • 8.Just One Of Those Things
  • 9.You're The Top
  • 10.The Donkey Serenade
  • 11.Deep Purple
  • 12.They Didn't Believe Me

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.T'Ain't What You Do (Vocal by Trummie Young and the Ensemble)
  • 2.Ain't She Sweet (Lunceford Quartet with Trummie Young)
  • 3.Charmaine (Vocal by Dan Grissom)
  • 4.Uptown Blues
  • 5.Margie (Vocal by Trummie Young)
  • 6.Coquette (Vocal by Dan Grissom)
  • 7.Annie Laurie
  • 8.Well All Right Then (Vocal by The Ensemble)
  • 9.Blues In The Night (Vocal by The Ensemble with Trummie Young)
  • 10.My Blue Heaven (Lunceford Trio featuring Willie Smith)
  • 11.Four Or Five Times (Vocals by Joe Thomas)
  • 12.Walking Through Heaven (Vocals by Dan Grissom)
  • 13.For Dancers Only
  • 14.Cheatin On Me (Lunceford Quartet featuring Trummie Young)
  • 15.Rhythm Is Our Business (Vocals by Willie Smith and The Ensemble)

Product Description:

Personnel: Dan Grissom, Joe Thomas , Willie Smith , Trummy Young (vocals).
Best remembered as the man who crafted spunky arrangements for Frank Sinatra, Billy May (1916-2004) developed his skills during the late 1930s and early '40s as trumpeter and arranger with the Charlie Barnet, Glenn Miller and Les Brown orchestras. During the 1950s, May churned out a series of spiffy big band records for Capitol where he served as staff arranger. Sorta-May, a very popular album from 1954, features one dozen well-loved melodies by great Tin Pan Alley composers including Jerome Kern, Rodgers & Hart, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Rudolf Friml. Note that Sorta-May was reissued on GNP Crescendo in 1996, coupled with May's 1955 Sorta Dixie album. May's Jimmie Lunceford tribute, first issued in 1957 as Great Jimmie Lunceford, is a hi-fidelity salute to the Mississippi-born and Memphis-raised African-American bandleader. May lent authenticity to the project by having ex-Lunceford bandmembers Dan Grissom, Willie Smith, Joe Thomas and Trummy Young stand in as vocalists. ~ arwulf arwulf

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  • UPC: 090431291627
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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