by Jimmy Sturr
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When you've already recorded a hundred albums, what to do you do for an encore? In the case of polka meister Jimmy Sturr, you start up the second half of your recording career with an even blend of instrumentals and vocals, including two vocals sung in Polish. This is also the rootsiest album Sturr has recorded in quite some time and, with the exception of guest shots from Flaco Jimenez and polka vet Arlene Crisson, the focus is squarely on Sturr and his topflight outfit, working these old tunes over like a well-oiled, but very swinging, machine. This is not only well-played music, but also music performed with a sincerity and an enthusiasm lacking in other forms of popular music today, which may go a very long way in explaining why this is album number 101 for this bandleader. If anyone has broadened the base of polka music, it's Jimmy Sturr, and here's a dozen sterling examples of how he does it.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/10/1999
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661609228
catalogNumber: 616092
Rank: 183466

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Sturr   Primary Artist
Gene Bartkiewicz   Accordion
Dennis Coyman   Drums
Wally Czerniawski   Accordion
Flaco Jiménez   Accordion
Johnny Karas   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Noble   Trumpet
Louis Dean Nunley   Background Vocals
Eric Parks   Trumpet
Frank Urbanovitch   Fiddle,Vocals
D. Bergen White   Background Vocals
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra   Track Performer
Bill Pernice   Piano
Gerry Stavisky   Clarinet
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Faron Young   Composer
Roy Drusky   Composer
Jimmy Sturr   Arranger
Ray DeBrown   Arranger
Tom Pick   Producer,Engineer
Henry Will   Arranger
Moore Moscowitz   Cover Design
Jon Weisberger   Liner Notes
Doyle Brown   Producer
Ken Morey   Arranger
Lester Vanadore   Composer

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Polkapalooza 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was looking for some upbeat polka music and happened across this CD by Jimmy Sturr. It is such a pleasure to listen to and makes me happy and want to polka!! The musicians on this CD are wonderfully arranged and recorded. My only complaint with this CD is that the twelve selections are quite brief and would love to hear a polka jam!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just love this CD! You're the best Jimmy!