Centenary Issue 1904-2004

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
There's such a paucity of legitimate Jimmy Dorsey material out there on CD that this double-disc, 40-song collection of live broadcasts and airchecks dating between 1936 and 1950 is, in effect, a serious contender for the finest best-of on the renowned bandleader and saxman. The selection of tracks showcases both the jazz and pop sides of Dorsey's band, and the evolving sound of that band across almost 15 years, from their beginnings as a cutting-edge swing outfit in 1936 to their latter-day turn toward nostalgia and a traditional Dixieland sound. The quality is astonishingly consistent given the varied venues and sources, and for those who just want a great sounding ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
There's such a paucity of legitimate Jimmy Dorsey material out there on CD that this double-disc, 40-song collection of live broadcasts and airchecks dating between 1936 and 1950 is, in effect, a serious contender for the finest best-of on the renowned bandleader and saxman. The selection of tracks showcases both the jazz and pop sides of Dorsey's band, and the evolving sound of that band across almost 15 years, from their beginnings as a cutting-edge swing outfit in 1936 to their latter-day turn toward nostalgia and a traditional Dixieland sound. The quality is astonishingly consistent given the varied venues and sources, and for those who just want a great sounding collection of Dorsey material to augment the legitimate issues that are out there, or one that can stand on its own, they need look no further than this set. Although Ray McKinley, Kitty Kallen, and Claire Hogan are included on some of the vocal cuts, it's Bob Eberly and Helen O'Connell who are the best represented singers on the pop numbers, which include "All or Nothing at All," "Blueberry Hill," "Imagination," "Green Eyes," "Do It Again," "The Jumping Jive," "Someday Sweetheart," and "I'm Stepping out with a Memory Tonight." There's no real information about the featured soloists, or band lineups, but one can cross-reference membership lists with the dates for each track and make out Charlie Teagarden and Bobby Byrne, among others. And it's amazing to hear even the 1949/1950 version of the Jimmy Dorsey band swing like there was no tomorrow (and there wasn't much of one, commercially speaking, for swing music, but they didn't care). An authorized studio release of the band's recordings would be hard put to outdo the audio quality of this release, which apparently comes courtesy of the West Surrey Big Bands Society in England. It's worth the list price and then some, and the quality of the music is such that jazz listeners will probably like the sweet numbers, and pop fans the swing numbers, and so has a good chance of pleasing anybody who might care to buy it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2004
  • Label: Sounds Of Yesteryear
  • EAN: 5019317600464
  • Catalog Number: 646
  • Sales rank: 388,908

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra Primary Artist
Jimmy Dorsey Indexed Contributor
Ray McKinley Vocals
Charlie Teagarden Vocals
Helen O'Connell Vocals
Kitty Kallen Vocals
Toots Camarata Vocals, Group Member
Bob Eberly Vocals
Claire Hogan Vocals
Beccy Byrne Vocals, Group Member
Bobby Eberly Vocals
Technical Credits
Louis Prima Composer
Cab Calloway Composer
Jan Savitt Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Hal Mooney Arranger
Vernon Duke Composer
Harvey Brooks Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Toots Camarata Arranger
Joe Davis Composer
Gene DePaul Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Jimmy Dorsey Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Will J. Harris Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
I. Jones Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Al Lewis Composer
Herbert Magidson Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Jack Palmer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Eddie Rivera Composer
Vincent Rose Composer
Larry Stock Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Victor Young Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Nora Bayes Composer
Richard March Liner Notes
Nilo Menendez Composer
Eddie Mallory Composer
J. Greer Composer
Joe Young Composer
John Brooks Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Harold Adamson Composer
Arthur Altman Composer
Milton Leeds Composer
Lew Pollack Composer
Benjamin Franklin Spikes Composer
Austen Croom Composer
Percy Venable Composer
Mabel Wayne Composer
Kay Werner Composer
A. Domínguez Composer
Eddie Woods Composer
Nick Kenny Composer
L. Chris Armstrong Composer
Sue Werner Composer
Wheeler Moran Composer
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