Personnel: Jimmie Lunceford (alto saxophone); Dan Grissom, Joe Thomas (vocals, reeds); Sy Oliver (vocals, trumpet); James "Trummy" Young (vocals, trombone); The Delta Rhythm Boys, Willie "The Lion" Smith (vocals); Eddie Durham (guitar, trombone); Al Norris (guitar); Laforest Dent (reeds, alto saxophone); Ernest Purce, Earl Caruthers, Omer Simeon, Willie Smith, Benny Waters (reeds); Ted Buckner (alto saxophone); Russell Green, Freddy Webster, Gerald Wilson, Harry Jackson , Eddie Tompkins, Melvin Moore, Paul Webster, Tommy Stevenson , Bob Mitchell (trumpet); Fernando Arbello, Russell Bowles, Henry Wells, Earl Hardy, Elmer Crumbley (trombone); Eddie Wilcox (piano, celesta); Jimmy Crawford (vibraphone, drums).
Liner Note Author: George Hulme.
Recording information: Chicago, IL (01/26/1934-08/09/1945); Los Angeles, CA (01/26/1934-08/09/1945); New York, NY (01/26/1934-08/09/1945).
Arrangers: Eddie Durham; Edward Inge; Roger Segure; Eddie Wilcox; Gerald Wilson; Willie "The Lion" Smith Quartet; Jimmie Lunceford; Leon Carr; Sy Oliver; Will Hudson; Billy Moore Jr. .
It's the Way That You Swing It: The Hits of Jimmie captures 48 gems by the big band leader and saxophonist recorded in the heyday of the swing era. These tracks include such Jimmie Lunceford standards as "Rhythm Is Our Business," "Four or Five Times," "For Dancer's Only" and "'Tain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It)." While the Jasmine release is recommended to casual fans, as a first purchase the single-disc Rhythm Is Our Business on ASV/Living Era would also do the trick. ~ Al Campbell