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Cherokee: 1939-1940

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
One of at least five Charlie Barnet albums using the word "Cherokee" in the title, this compilation draws upon recordings made for the Bluebird label between February 24, 1939 and February 16, 1940, beginning with a series of hip performances dating from the summer and autumn of 1939. "Cherokee" was so catchy and successful that it would be closely identified with Barnet for the rest of his career. "The Duke's Idea" and "The Count's Idea" nobly acknowledge Barnet's Afro-American influences; such honesty was all too rare among white bandleaders during the '30s. "The Right Idea" was Barnet's demonstration of how he thought big-band jazz should be performed. It was designed ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
One of at least five Charlie Barnet albums using the word "Cherokee" in the title, this compilation draws upon recordings made for the Bluebird label between February 24, 1939 and February 16, 1940, beginning with a series of hip performances dating from the summer and autumn of 1939. "Cherokee" was so catchy and successful that it would be closely identified with Barnet for the rest of his career. "The Duke's Idea" and "The Count's Idea" nobly acknowledge Barnet's Afro-American influences; such honesty was all too rare among white bandleaders during the '30s. "The Right Idea" was Barnet's demonstration of how he thought big-band jazz should be performed. It was designed as a counterpart to "The Wrong Idea," a scathingly cynical and very funny send-up of commercial dance bands and their respective gimmicks. "Ogoun Badagris" is a dazzling exercise in Caribbean-styled jazz with its roots in Haitian Vodun and the West African Yoruba pantheon. The female vocalists on this collection are Judy Ellington and Mary Ann McCall. Altogether an excellent Barnet sampler, best heard in tandem with his other Giants of Jazz title, Make Believe Ballroom: 1935-1939.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/1998
  • Label: Giants Of Jazz (Ita)
  • UPC: 800488327725
  • Catalog Number: 53277

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charlie Barnet Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Billy May Trumpet, Vocals
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Mary Ann McCall Vocals
Kurt Bloom Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Bob Burnet Trumpet
Judy Ellington Vocals
Bus Etri Guitar
Gene Kinsey Alto Saxophone
James Lamare Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Cliff Leeman Drums
Skip Martin Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Dan McCook Alto Saxophone
Ray Michaels Drums
Claude "Spud" Murphy Trombone
John Owens Trumpet
Bill Robertson Trombone
Don Ruppersberg Trombone
Phil Stevens Bass
Lyman Vunk Trumpet
Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra Track Performer
Nat Jaffe Piano
Bill Miller Piano
Charles Huffine Trumpet
Bob Fishel Trombone
Johnny Mendel Trumpet
Wesley Dean Drums
Don McCook Clarinet
Ben Hall Trombone
Technical Credits
Charlie Barnet Arranger
Billy May Arranger
Andy Gibson Arranger
Skip Martin Arranger
Arthur Johnston Composer
Sam Coslow Composer
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