Personnel: Artie Shaw (clarinet); Anita Bayer (vocals); Mike Bryan, Al Hendrickson (guitar); T. Klages, Truman Boardman, Morris Kohn, Sam Ross, Eugene Lamas, Bob Morrow, Leo Pevsner, Billy Bower, Leonard Atkins, Alex Beller, Raoul Poliakin (violin); Leonard Posner, Bernie Tinterow, K. Collins, Ehernrantz, Allan Harshman (viola); Fred Goerner, Goerge Poliakin, Eddie Sodero (cello); Charlie DiMaggio, Neely Plumb, Les Robinson (alto saxophone); Bus Bassey, Georgie Auld, Jerry Jerome, Mickey Folus (tenor saxophone); Arthur Baker (baritone saxophone); George Wendt, Steve Lipkins, Hot Lips Page, J. Cathcart, Lee Castle, Max Kaminsky, Billy Butterfield (trumpet); Morey Samuel, Elmer Smithers, Bruce Squires, Ray Conniff, Vernon Brown (trombone); Johnny Guarnieri (piano); Dave Tough, Nick Fatool (drums).
Audio Remixer: John R.T. Davies.
Liner Note Author: Alastair Robertson.
Recording information: 10/26/1940-09/06/1941.
Arrangers: Lombardo; Gray ; O'Flynn; Grant Still; Hayton; Sherwood; Ray Conniff; Artie Shaw.
Although there are many releases featuring radio broadcasts from Artie Shaw's very popular 1939 orchestra, relatively few exist from his next two bands, the outfits from 1940 and 1941. This particular recording shows just how creative the writing was for his string orchestras. Billy Butterfield, Hot Lips Page, Jack Jenney and Georgie Auld are among the many soloists, and there is one rare small-group live version of "Dr. Livingstone I Presume." ~ Scott Yanow