Jimmie Lunceford Anthology 1934-1942 (2-CD)

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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: April 24, 2007
  • Label: Cabu

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Swingin' Uptown
  • 2.Mood Indigo
  • 3.Rose Room
  • 4.Dream of You
  • 5.Stomp It Off
  • 6.Since My Best Gal Turned Me Down
  • 7.Rhythm Is Our Business
  • 8.Sleepy Time Gal
  • 9.Runnin' Wild
  • 10.Four or Five Times
  • 11.Avalon
  • 12.The Melody Man
  • 13.Organ Grinder's Swing
  • 14.Muddy Water
  • 15.He Ain't Got Rhythm
  • 16.For Dancers Only
  • 17.Posin'
  • 18.Put on Your Grey Bonnet
  • 19.Pigeon Walk
  • 20.Annie Laurie
  • 21.Margie
  • 22.By the River Saint Marie

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.'Taint What You Do
  • 2.Cheatin' on Me
  • 3.Jazz Hot, Le
  • 4.Baby, Won't You Please Come Home
  • 5.The Lonesome Road
  • 6.Easter Parade
  • 7.Ain't She Sweet
  • 8.Well, All Right Then
  • 9.I Used to Love You
  • 10.I'm Alone with You
  • 11.Wham
  • 12.Uptown Blues
  • 13.I Wanna Hear Swings Songs
  • 14.Chopin's Prelude No. 7
  • 15.Monotony in Four Flats
  • 16.Okay for Baby
  • 17.Twentyfour Robbers
  • 18.Yard Dog Mazurka
  • 19.Impromptu
  • 20.Blues in the Night, Pt. 1
  • 21.Blues in the Night, Pt. 2
  • 22.Knock Me a Kiss

Product Description:

This best-of captures the Jimmy Lunceford big band in its sparkling mid-1930s heyday, performing arrangements by the trumpeter Sy Oliver of classics such as Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo," the jumping "Rhythm Is Our Business," and the quicksilver "Sleepy-Time Gal," in its inimitable smoothly classy, musically sophisticated style.
Personnel: Jimmie Lunceford (reeds); Willie Smith (vocals, clarinet, reeds, alto saxophone); Joe Thomas (vocals, reeds, tenor saxophone); Dan Grissom (vocals, reeds, unknown instrument); Eddie Tompkins, Sy Oliver (vocals, trumpet, unknown instrument); Trummy Young (vocals, trombone, unknown instrument); Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra (vocals); Eddie Durham (guitar, trombone); Al Norris (guitar, unknown instrument); Ted Buckner (reeds, alto saxophone, unknown instrument); Laforest Dent (reeds, unknown instrument); Earl Carruthers, Benny Waters (reeds); Freddy Webster, Harry Jackson , Paul Webster, Tommy Stevenson , Bob Mitchell (trumpet, unknown instrument); Gerald Wilson, Snooky Young (trumpet); Fernando Arbello, Russell Bowles, Henry Wells, Elmer Crumbley (trombone, unknown instrument); Edwin Wilcox (piano, celesta, unknown instrument); Jimmy Crawford (drums, unknown instrument); Earl Caruthers, Moses Allen, Joe Thomas , Willie "The Lion" Smith (unknown instrument).
Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (03/20/1934-06/26/1942); New York, NY (03/20/1934-06/26/1942).
Director: Jimmie Lunceford.
Arrangers: Sy Oliver; Edwin Wilcox; Eddie Durham; Willie Smith ; Roger Segure; Gerald Wilson; Bud Estes; Elton Hill; Jimmie Lunceford; Billy Moore Jr. .
Jimmie Lunceford's orchestra was one of the definitive swinging big bands of the '30s, in the same league as the bands led by Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Don Redman, Claude Hopkins, Earl Hines, Count Basie and Chick Webb. The Jimmie Lunceford orchestra served as an incubator for jazz talent like trombonist Trummy Young, saxophonist Willie Smith, and trumpeter and future bandleader Gerald Wilson. It was while working with the Jimmie Lunceford orchestra that trumpeter and arranger Sy Oliver got his chops together and prepared himself for his later triumphs in the music industry. Cabu's Jimmie Lunceford Anthology serves up 44 of the best recordings this band ever made, from the exciting early works of 1934 to the wartime swing of 1942. Essentially all of Lunceford's singers were drawn from the ranks of his accomplished instrumentalists. The vocal trio heard throughout this collection was composed of Sy Oliver, Eddie Tompkins and Willie Smith. Saxophonist Joe Thomas and especially trombonist Trummy Young proved to be excellent singers as well. Lunceford's star crooner was saxophonist Dan Grissom (jokingly referred to by some as Dan Gruesome!) Fortunately, the folks at Cabu chose to represent Grissom with one of his most endearing performances, a 1938 recording of "By the River Saint Marie." Cabu's excellent introduction to Lunceford could easily lead to the pursuit of his complete recorded works as reissued by the Classics Chronological Series. ~ arwulf arwulf

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  • UPC: 826596075228
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