Tommy Dorsey (Trombone): Tommy Dorsey (trombone); Jack Duffy (vocals); Teddy Wilson (piano); Corky Corcoran, Louie Bellson, Lucy Ann Polk, Ziggy Elman, Buddy DeFranco, Buddy Rich, Charlie Shavers.
Personnel: Johnny Amoroso, Ray Wetzel (vocals, trumpet); Denny Dennis, Lucy Ann Polk, Stuart Foster, Town Criers (vocals); Benny Heller, Allan Reuss, Tony Rizzi, Barry Galbraith, Billy Bauer , Bob Bain, Sam Herman (guitar); Jerry Winner, Bill Ainsworth, Walter Levinsky, Buddy DeFranco (clarinet, alto saxophone); Johnny Mince, Peanuts Hucko (clarinet); Bruce Branson, Bob Walters, George Kennon, Lou Prisby, Sid Cooper (alto saxophone); Marty Berman (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Arthur Rollini, Corky Corcoran, Babe Fresk, Boomie Richman, Art Moore, Babe Russin (tenor saxophone); Joe Koch, Sol Schlinger (baritone saxophone); Chris Griffin , Red Solomon, Harold Ableser, Chuck Peterson, Stan Stout, Jack Dougherty, Hugh Brown , George Seaburg, Cappy Lewis, Vern Arslan, Art Depew, Claude Bowen, Ziggy Elman, Billy Butterfield, Mickey Mangano, Bobby Hackett, Charlie Shavers (trumpet); Sonny Russo, Dick Noel, Angie Callea, John Youngman, Sid Harris, Charles LaRue, Nick Dimaio, Will Bradley, Bill Pritchard, Billy Ray Hearn, Walter Benson, Buddy Morrow (trombone); Paul "Scooby" Smith, Rocky "Cole" Coluccio, Lou Levy, Gene Schroeder, George Greeley (piano); Buzzy Drootin, Louie Bellson, Alvin Stoller, Cliff Leeman, Buddy Rich (drums).
Audio Remasterer: John R.T. Davies.
Liner Note Author: Alastair Robertson.
Recording information: Hollywood, CA (02/25/1947-06/13/1950); New York, NY (02/25/1947-06/13/1950).
Photographer: Frank Driggs.
Arrangers: Deane Kincaide; Jerry Fielding; Sy Oliver; Bill Finegan.
Although the swing era was over by 1947, Tommy Dorsey put together a new orchestra and continued playing swing as if the era of the big bands was still in its prime and completely ignoring bebop. Due to TD's celebrity status, he was able to keep his orchestra working and recording pretty regularly during 1947-1950, the period covered by this CD, which includes 24 of his best recordings from the period and emphasizes the more swinging and jazz-oriented performances. The first two numbers feature an all-star octet backing singer Hannah Williams that includes trumpeter Charlie Shavers, clarinetist Johnny Mince, and pianist Teddy Wilson. The final two selections on the CD feature a Dixieland version of the Clambake Seven with cornetist Bobby Hackett and clarinetist Peanuts Hucko; it is a pity that Dorsey did not record in that setting more often. Otherwise, the program features excellent big-band swing with solos from both Shavers and trumpeter Ziggy Elman, tenor saxophonist Corky Corcoran, clarinetist Buddy DeFranco, and Dorsey himself, along with a variety of lesser-known players. Most of the material was formerly rare, making this an excellent acquisition for swing fans. ~ Scott Yanow