Feet Draggin' Blues, 1944-1947

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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
Feet Draggin' Blues, 1944-1947 showcases 20 songs by Harry James and his band. The band is occasionally accompanied by a large string section, and the album features several tracks recorded by his small groups. The strings and the accompanying heavy James vibrato is employed for such ballads as the hauntingly beautiful "Stella by Starlight." The hot stuff is seen mostly on tunes arranged and composed with Ray Conniff, like "Friar Rock" where the James vibrato is far less conspicuous. Conniff was doing the bulk of the arranging at this time and there is a hint of the style he later adopted when leading his own band, but fortunately for James, at this point in time, Conniff's...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
Feet Draggin' Blues, 1944-1947 showcases 20 songs by Harry James and his band. The band is occasionally accompanied by a large string section, and the album features several tracks recorded by his small groups. The strings and the accompanying heavy James vibrato is employed for such ballads as the hauntingly beautiful "Stella by Starlight." The hot stuff is seen mostly on tunes arranged and composed with Ray Conniff, like "Friar Rock" where the James vibrato is far less conspicuous. Conniff was doing the bulk of the arranging at this time and there is a hint of the style he later adopted when leading his own band, but fortunately for James, at this point in time, Conniff's arrangements were still interesting. The small group is heard on such numbers as "I'm Confessin." That James had at least a feel for the blues is shown on "East Coast Blues." During this period, James' bands were, as usual, loaded with top-flight musicians and most of them are heard soloing. Willie Smith is not only heard on alto, but he sings on "Who's Sorry Now." Other outstanding individual efforts come from Corky Corcoran, Juan Tizol, Babe Russin, and a rare introduction by guitarist Allan Reuss on "I'm Beginning to See the Light," where Kitty Kallen is featured on vocals. Even in the early 40s there is a premonition of what was to come with the Basie-like "Easy." This album is an excellent cross section of what a very popular band was doing during the middle 1940s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/1999
  • Label: Hep Records
  • UPC: 603366006220
  • Catalog Number: 62
  • Sales rank: 185,773

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Beginning to See the Light - The Music Makers (3:17)
  2. 2 (I'm) Confessin' (That I Love You) - The Music Makers (3:25)
  3. 3 I Wish I Knew - The Music Makers (3:26)
  4. 4 Friar Rock - The Music Makers (3:28)
  5. 5 Who's Sorry Now? - The Music Makers (3:33)
  6. 6 The Beaumont - The Music Makers (3:19)
  7. 7 Do You Love Me? - The Music Makers (2:52)
  8. 8 Easy - The Music Makers (2:48)
  9. 9 Keb-Lah - The Music Makers (3:22)
  10. 10 Moten Swing, Pts. 1 & 2 - The Music Makers (6:21)
  11. 11 Feet Draggin' Blues, Pt. 1 & 2 - The Music Makers (6:28)
  12. 12 Stella by Starlight - The Music Makers (3:12)
  13. 13 East Coast Blues - The Music Makers (3:16)
  14. 14 The Last Mile - The Music Makers (3:25)
  15. 15 Blue Turning Grey over You - The Music Makers (3:00)
  16. 16 Cotton Tail - The Music Makers (2:51)
  17. 17 Pagen Love Song - The Music Makers (3:11)
  18. 18 Vine Street Blues - The Music Makers (6:10)
  19. 19 Redigal Jump - The Music Makers (2:57)
  20. 20 September Song - The Music Makers (3:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harry James Primary Artist, Trumpet
Willie Smith Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Arnold Ross Piano
Kitty Kallen Vocals
Edward Bergman Violin
Artie Bernstein Bass
Harry Bluestone Violin
Nick Buono Trumpet
Buddy Combine Drums
John DeVoogdt Violin
Nick Fatool Drums
Lou Fromm Drums
Jack Gootkin Violin
Herbie Haymer Tenor Saxophone
Manny Klein Trumpet
Eddie Kusby Trombone
Bruce MacDonald Piano
Bob Poland Baritone Saxophone
Al Ramsey Trumpet
Uan Rasey Trumpet
Allan Reuss Guitar
Les Robinson Alto Saxophone
Mischa Russell Violin
Marshall Sosson Violin
David Sterkin Viola
Tiny Timbrell Guitar
Juan Tizol Valve Trombone
Stanley Wrightsman Piano
Alex Beller Violin
Gerald Joyce Violin
Jimmy Cook Tenor Saxophone
Clint Davis Tenor Saxophone
Al Friede Doshpulur
James Grimes Trumpet
Claude Lakey Alto Saxophone
Carl Maus Drums
Edward Mihelich Bass
Nick Pisani Violin
Charles Preble Trombone
Dalton Rizzotto Trombone
James Troutman Trumpet
Corky Corcoran Tenor Saxophone
Sam Freed Viola
Paul Geil Trumpet
Paul Lowenkron Violin
Pinky Savitt Trumpet
Bill Spear Viola
Zeke Zarchy Trumpet
Ziggy Elmer Trombone
Morton Friedman Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Eddie Rosa Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Sam Caplan Violin
Hayden Causey Guitar
Sam Sachelle Tenor Saxophone
Vic Hamann Trombone
Jimmy Campbell Trumpet
Ray Heath Trombone
Ralph Osborn Trumpet
The Music Makers Track Performer
David Amsterdam Viola
Robert Bein Violin
Ernest Karpati Violin
Lenny Atkins Viola
Joe Barbary Violin
Red Berkens Trumpet
Carl Burg Trumpet
Stuart Burner Baritone Saxophone
Lenny Corris Trumpet
Ginnie Powell Vocals
Clifton Jackson Baritone Saxophone
John Santilus Violin
Jerry Reisler Violin
Technical Credits
Ray Conniff Arranger, Composer
Harry James Arranger, Composer
Bennie Moten Composer
Jimmy Mundy Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Cy Bernard Contributor
Arthur Freed Composer
Buster Moten Composer
Al J. Neiburg Composer
Ellis Reynolds Composer
Harry Ruby Composer
Juan Tizol Arranger
Doc Daugherty Composer
David Matthews Arranger
Al Frierde Contributor
Fred Groener Contributor
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