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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
After playing in a few bands in the late '20s and early '30s, clarinetist Artie Shaw formed the first of his several big bands in 1936. This initial group was unique, to say the least: Along with a core jazz band, Shaw also included a string section and a Dixieland-style contingent. In spite of the odd instrumentation, though, Shaw's first band cut many fine sides. This roundup on the Hep label brings together 24 of them, including such highlights as "Japanese Sandman," "Copenhagen," and "Sobbin' Blues." The band might not have been up to the standards of later Shaw groups, but still produced enough in the way of tight ensemble work and topnotch solos (tenor saxophonist ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
After playing in a few bands in the late '20s and early '30s, clarinetist Artie Shaw formed the first of his several big bands in 1936. This initial group was unique, to say the least: Along with a core jazz band, Shaw also included a string section and a Dixieland-style contingent. In spite of the odd instrumentation, though, Shaw's first band cut many fine sides. This roundup on the Hep label brings together 24 of them, including such highlights as "Japanese Sandman," "Copenhagen," and "Sobbin' Blues." The band might not have been up to the standards of later Shaw groups, but still produced enough in the way of tight ensemble work and topnotch solos (tenor saxophonist Tony Pastor, drummer George Wettling, and pianist/arranger Joe Lipman deserve special mention). A disc best suited to Shaw devotees. First-timers will want to get their feet wet with one of the Bluebird compilations covering Shaw's prime 1938-1945 stretch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2004
  • Label: Hep Records
  • UPC: 603366101420
  • Catalog Number: 1024

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Japanese Sandman (2:40)
  2. 2 A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody (2:44)
  3. 3 I Used to Be Above Love (2:54)
  4. 4 No Regrets (2:55)
  5. 5 South Sea Island Magic (3:09)
  6. 6 It Ain't Right (3:03)
  7. 7 Sugar Foot Stomp (3:15)
  8. 8 Thou Swell - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (3:01)
  9. 9 You're Giving Me a Song and Dance (3:22)
  10. 10 Darling, Not Without You (2:53)
  11. 11 One, Two, Button Your Shoe - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (2:45)
  12. 12 Let's Call a Heart a Heart - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (3:21)
  13. 13 The Skeleton in the Closet - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (2:43)
  14. 14 There's Something in the Air (3:16)
  15. 15 Take Another Guess (2:31)
  16. 16 There's Frost on the Moon (2:53)
  17. 17 Love and Learn (2:43)
  18. 18 Moon Face (2:53)
  19. 19 The Same Old Line (2:49)
  20. 20 You Can Tell She Comes from Dixie (2:40)
  21. 21 Sobbin' Blues (3:15)
  22. 22 Copenhagen (2:54)
  23. 23 Cream Puff (2:47)
  24. 24 My Blue Heaven (2:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Artie Shaw Primary Artist, Clarinet, Bandleader
Tony Pastor Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
George Wettling Drums
Mike Michaels Trombone
Gene Stone Guitar
Hank Wayland Bass
Sam Weiss Drums
Sam Rosenblum Violin
Fulton McGrath Piano
Rubin Zarchy Trumpet
Artie Shaw & His Orchestra Track Performer
Joe Lipman Piano
Tony Gottuso Guitar
Bill Schumann Cello
Ben Ginsberg Bass
Mark Bennett Trombone
Peg LaCentra Vocals
Samuel Persoff Viola
Frank Siegried Violin
Wes Vaughn Guitar, Vocals
Tony Zimmers Tenor Saxophone
James Oderich Cello
Julie Schechter Violin
Willis Kelly Trumpet
Technical Credits
King Oliver Composer
Artie Shaw Arranger
Frank Melrose Composer
Charles Davis Composer
Art Kassel Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Milton Ager Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Louis Armstrong Composer
Vic Berton Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Marty Symes Composer
Victor Young Composer
Ronnie Ingraham Composer
Joe Lipman Arranger
John R.T. Davies Producer, Remastering
Alastair Robertson Producer
Vee Lawnhurst Composer
Gerald Marks Composer
Harry Tobias Composer
Tot Seymour Composer
Lyle Tomerlin Composer
Andy Iona Long Composer
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