Centenary Issue 1904-2004

Centenary Issue 1904-2004

by Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/2004
Label:
Sounds Of Yesteryear
UPC:
5019317600464
catalogNumber:
646
Rank:
231490

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Contrasts and Introduction/Just You Just Me
  2. Begin the Beguine
  3. Someday Sweetheart
  4. Major and Minor Stomp
  5. Dolimite
  6. Sing, Sing, Sing
  7. Chicken Reel
  8. The Jumpin' Jive
  9. Perfidia
  10. Imagination
  11. Shine on Harvest Moon
  12. Julia
  13. Listen to the Mocking Bird
  14. Cowboy from Brooklyn
  15. Mutiny in the Brass Section
  16. Last Night
  17. On the Trail (From the Grand Canyon Suite)
  18. Do It Again
  19. Carolina in the Morning
  20. I'm Stepping Out With a Memory Tonight

Disc 2

  1. Introduction:Three Little Words
  2. All or Nothing at All
  3. That's a Plenty
  4. I Can't Get Started
  5. Never the Less
  6. Green Eyes
  7. On the Alamo
  8. All of Me
  9. In a Little Spanish Town
  10. Star Eyes
  11. Big Butter and Egg Man
  12. Let's Fall in Love
  13. Blueberry Hill
  14. It's a Wonderful World
  15. Out of Nowhere
  16. This Can't Be Love
  17. A Little Bird Told Me
  18. Manhattan
  19. Sweet Sue
  20. Melange

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra   Primary Artist
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
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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