The Complete Bob Cats, Vol. 2: Jazz Me Blues

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
In 2008, Sounds of Yesteryear reissued 84 sides recorded by Bob Crosby's Bobcats between November 1937 and July 1942. This unprecedented effort shone the retrospective spotlight on an ensemble that was more compact and in many cases jazzier than the Bob Crosby Orchestra. The second volume, entitled Jazz Me Blues, is the most modestly proportioned of the three volumes, with only 20 tracks recorded between February 6, 1939, and February 28, 1940. The delightfully varied song list mingles traditional jazz standards ("Mama's Gone, Goodbye," "Mournin' Blues," and "Jazz Me Blues") with swing arrangements of period pop tunes and four settings of poems by William Shakespeare! ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
In 2008, Sounds of Yesteryear reissued 84 sides recorded by Bob Crosby's Bobcats between November 1937 and July 1942. This unprecedented effort shone the retrospective spotlight on an ensemble that was more compact and in many cases jazzier than the Bob Crosby Orchestra. The second volume, entitled Jazz Me Blues, is the most modestly proportioned of the three volumes, with only 20 tracks recorded between February 6, 1939, and February 28, 1940. The delightfully varied song list mingles traditional jazz standards ("Mama's Gone, Goodbye," "Mournin' Blues," and "Jazz Me Blues") with swing arrangements of period pop tunes and four settings of poems by William Shakespeare! Some of the vocals are credited to Marion Mann. Born and raised in the great Northwest, the five Crosby brothers were christened Larry, Everett, Harry, Ted, and Bob. Most Americans paid close attention to Harry, otherwise known as Bing, but Bob achieved considerable renown over the years and outlived his more famous sibling. A decent vocalist in his own right, he was smart enough to gather in and maintain a team of skilled jazz musicians like clarinetist Irving Fazola, trumpeter Billy Butterfield, bassist Bob Haggart, drummer Ray Bauduc, and a series of excellent pianists who included Joe Sullivan, Jess Stacy, and Bob Zurke. The Sounds of Yesteryear label's triplicate series of Bobcat reissues concludes with a 39-track torpedo-weight double disc that follows the group into the harrowing early months of U.S. involvement in the Second World War.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2008
  • Label: Sounds Of Yesteryear
  • EAN: 5019317070519
  • Catalog Number: 751
  • Sales rank: 259,066

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Cats Primary Artist
Bob Crosby Indexed Contributor, Vocals
The Andrews Sisters Vocals
Bing Crosby Vocals
Ray Bauduc Drums, Group Member
Billy Butterfield Trumpet, Group Member
Irving Fazola Clarinet, Group Member
Bob Haggart Bass Guitar, String Bass, Group Member
Warren Smith Trombone, Group Member
Joe Sullivan Piano, Group Member
Bob Zurke Piano, Group Member
Nappy Lamare Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Jess Stacy Piano, Group Member
The Merry Macs Vocals
Marion Mann Vocals, Group Member
Floyd Bean Piano, Group Member
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Matty Matlock Arranger
Isham Jones Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Tony Sbarbaro Composer
Earl Burtnett & His Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra Composer
William Shakespeare Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
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