The Complete Bob Cats, Vol. 1: In the Beginning

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Bob Crosby's best and most enjoyable working ensemble was a scaled-down version of his big band. Strongly steeped in traditional jazz and well-stocked with excellent improvisers, they were known to the world as the Bob Cats. Although other reissue labels have tried, Sounds of Yesteryear might have topped them all in 2008 by releasing the complete recordings of this solid little group in three installments. Vol. 1 hunkers down and concentrates upon sessions that took place between November 1937 and June 1939, which was an exceptionally good period for the Bob Cats. Crosby bore no weak links in his lineup. The trumpeters were Sterling Bose, Billy Butterfield, and Yank ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Bob Crosby's best and most enjoyable working ensemble was a scaled-down version of his big band. Strongly steeped in traditional jazz and well-stocked with excellent improvisers, they were known to the world as the Bob Cats. Although other reissue labels have tried, Sounds of Yesteryear might have topped them all in 2008 by releasing the complete recordings of this solid little group in three installments. Vol. 1 hunkers down and concentrates upon sessions that took place between November 1937 and June 1939, which was an exceptionally good period for the Bob Cats. Crosby bore no weak links in his lineup. The trumpeters were Sterling Bose, Billy Butterfield, and Yank Lawson, and Warren Smith blew the trombone. The combined presence of reedmen Irving Fazola, Matty Matlock, and Eddie Miller was particularly rewarding, and certain susceptible old-time jazz heads will probably want to chase this disc down just to have Miller and Fazola on tap. Crosby's rhythm team was justifiably famous from coast to coast: pianist Bob Zurke, guitarist Nappy Lamare who actually sings the words to the pleasingly archaic oriental foxtrot "Palesteena", bassist Bob Haggart, and drummer Ray Bauduc. Special treats on this collection include vocals by Connee Boswell and Marion Mann and two performances "Call Me a Taxi" and "I Hear You Talking" by "Four of the Bob Cats", an offshoot jam band composed of Miller, Zurke, Haggart, and Bauduc. This is extraordinarily friendly, accessible, and uplifting swing music with a staunch traditional jazz foundation. Ideal for gregarious gatherings involving huge quantities of free food and drink, with a separate table just for condiments.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2008
  • Label: Sounds Of Yesteryear
  • EAN: 5019317070502
  • Catalog Number: 750
  • Sales rank: 262,403

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stumbling (3:10)
  2. 2 Who's Sorry Now (2:54)
  3. 3 Coquette (3:02)
  4. 4 Fidgety Feet (2:37)
  5. 5 You're Driving Me Crazy (2:51)
  6. 6 Can't We Be Friends (2:54)
  7. 7 Martha (3:04)
  8. 8 Home on the Range (2:33)
  9. 9 Gypsy Love Song (2:46)
  10. 10 Ah Sweet Mystery of Life (2:55)
  11. 11 March of the Bob Cats (2:33)
  12. 12 Palesteena (2:48)
  13. 13 Slow Mood (3:03)
  14. 14 Big Foot Jump (2:36)
  15. 15 The Big Crash from China (2:42)
  16. 16 Five Point Blues (3:00)
  17. 17 Speak to Me of Love (2:54)
  18. 18 Big Bass Viol (2:34)
  19. 19 I Hear You Talking (2:28)
  20. 20 Call Me a Taxi (3:12)
  21. 21 The Big Noise from Winnetka (2:46)
  22. 22 Loopin' the Loop (2:59)
  23. 23 Begin the Bequine (2:42)
  24. 24 Hindustan (3:06)
  25. 25 Long Time No See (3:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Cats Primary Artist
Bob Crosby Indexed Contributor
Yank Lawson Trumpet
Ray Bauduc Drums
Billy Butterfield Trumpet
Irving Fazola Clarinet
Bob Haggart String Bass
Matty Matlock Clarinet
Warren Smith Trombone
Bob Zurke Piano
Nappy Lamare Guitar
Sterling Bose Trumpet
Marion Mann Vocals
Connie Boswell Vocals
Technical Credits
Yank Lawson Composer
Ray Bauduc Composer
Bob Haggart Composer
Nick LaRocca Composer
Bob Zurke Composer
Friedrich von Flotow Composer
Con Conrad Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Bert Kalmar Composer
Nappy Lamare Composer
Jean Lenoir Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Harry Ruby Composer
Zez Confrey Composer
Carmen Lombardo Composer
Kay Swift Composer
J. Russel Robinson Composer
Dan Kelly Composer
Bruce Siever Composer
Brewster M. Higley Composer
Tony Spargo Composer
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