Shuffle in Style

Shuffle in Style

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by Jan Savitt
     
 
Like Art Hodes and Irving Berlin, Jan Savitt was a Russian immigrant who flourished in the musical environment of North America during the first half of the 20th century. Savitt's dance band was one of the very best on the scene in the late '30s. Decades after his premature death at the age of 35 in 1948,

Overview

Like Art Hodes and Irving Berlin, Jan Savitt was a Russian immigrant who flourished in the musical environment of North America during the first half of the 20th century. Savitt's dance band was one of the very best on the scene in the late '30s. Decades after his premature death at the age of 35 in 1948, several excellent collections appeared, allowing for a reappraisal of his accomplishments. Jasmine's Shuffle in Style is by far the finest Jan Savitt album in his entire posthumous discography. More than half of the tracks are instrumental, and the vocals (by Carlotta Dale, Allan DeWitt, and George "Bon Bon" Tunnell) are evenly distributed throughout. This guarantees a pleasurable listening experience and proves once and for all that Savitt's band was one formidable swing machine. The timeline on this set begins in July 1938 (nobody seems to want to reissue his 1937 recordings) and extends into February 1942. You'll want to listen for tenor saxophonist Georgie Auld, and for Eddie Durham's arrangement on "Blues in the Groove." While both Vintage Music Productions and Flyright have tapped Savitt's legacy with good results, Jasmine's Shuffle in Style should be regarded as the crème de la crème.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/1999
Label:
Jasmine Music
UPC:
0604988255225
catalogNumber:
2552

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jan Savitt   Primary Artist
Gus Bivona   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
George Siravo   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Georgie Auld   Tenor Saxophone
Cutty Cutshall   Trombone
Gene DePaul   Piano
Nick Fatool   Drums
George   Trombone
Frank Langone   Alto Saxophone
Johnny Napton   Trumpet
Fred Ohms   Trombone
Jack Palmer   Trumpet
Danny Perri   Guitar
Jack Pleis   Piano
Morris Rayman   Bass
Buddy Schutz   Drums
Guy Smith   Guitar
Alvin Davis   Trumpet
Sam Weiss   Drums
George Bohn   Alto Saxophone
Jack Hansen   Trumpet
George White   Drums
Johnny Austin   Trumpet
Jack Ferrier   Alto Saxophone
Sam Sachelle   Tenor Saxophone
James Schultz   Saxophone
George "Bon Bon" Tunnell   Track Performer
Bob Spangler   Drums
Ben Pickering   Trombone
Harry Roberts   Saxophone
Gabe Galinas   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Howard Cook   Bass
Leopold   Trombone
Carlotta Dale   Track Performer
Jan Savitt & His Top Hatters   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Georges Bizet   Composer
Jan Savitt   Arranger
Ziggy Elman   Composer
George Siravo   Arranger
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Eddie Durham   Arranger
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Jack Pleis   Arranger
Don Raye   Composer
James Watson   Arranger
Tony Middleton   Liner Notes
Robert Wright   Composer

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Shuffle in Style 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you appreciate big band swing, then this is an album that you need in your collection. Jan Savitt was truly a musical genious, and deserves to be right up there with Goodman, Miller, Shaw and Dorsey, as he was that good. Sadly, he was taken way too soon by a brain aneurysm. The resurgence of swing in the past few years has brought him back, and this collection, "Shuffle In Style", is good from start to finish. Give a listen, and you will see just what a solid outfit the Savitt band really was, and his vocalists, George "Bon Bon" Tunnell and Carlotta Dale, are as good a tandem as any in the Swing Era. Outstanding!