Jack Jenny Stardust
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- by Cab Calloway ~ Volume 1: The Early Years 1930-1934 (4-CD Box Set) ~ $24.26
- Released: March 1, 1996
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Hep Records
- 1.Swingin' the Apach'
- 2.The Night Is Blue
- 3.I've Gone Romantic on You
- 4.In the Shade of the New Apple Tree
- 5.What More Can I Give You?
- 6.Got No Time
- 8.High Society
- 10.What Is There to Say?
- 11.The World Is Waiting For the Sunrise
- 12.I Walk Alone
- 13.City Night
- 14.Cuban Boogie Woogie
- 15.I'll Get By
- 16.If You Knew Susie
- 17.What Can I Say (After I Say I'm Sorry)?
- 18.Since You Came Into My Dreams
- 19.I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise
- 20.Where's My Sweetie Hiding?
- 21.Little Old Lady
- 22.I've Gone Romantic on You
- 24.Cuban Boogie Woogie
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Jack Jenney had a beautiful tone and was one of the most technically skilled trombonists active during the swing era. Unfortunately, he did not have much luck as a bandleader, recording 18 selections with his orchestra during 1938-40 before going bankrupt. All of the numbers are on this CD, plus three alternate takes and three songs made during a small-group date as a sideman with drummer Johnny Williams (a session which also includes trumpeter Charlie Spivak and tenor saxophonist Babe Russin). Jenney is best known for his eight-bar solo on Artie Shaw's famous version of "Stardust," but more notable is his own full-length feature on "Stardust" with his big band (two versions are on this CD), in which his technique is fully displayed. Jenney's orchestra did not have any big names -- best known are pianist Arnold Ross and clarinetist Peanuts Hucko, although drummer Gene Krupa sat in during the first session -- and its recordings alternated between well-played but anonymous swing and some typical vocal ballad features. But this perfectly realized reissue CD is easily recommended to swing collectors wanting to learn about the now-obscure trombone great. ~ Scott Yanow
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