Stop, Look & Listen [BMG Classics]

Stop, Look & Listen [BMG Classics]

by Tommy DorseyTommy Dorsey

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Overview

Having remastered everything that Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra ever cut with Frank Sinatra, BMG now turns its attention to Dorsey's pre-Sinatra catalog, more or less doing with Dorsey's late-'30s catalog what the two-CD Essential Glenn Miller did with Miller's output of hits. The 21 tracks here have been remastered very carefully using the CEDAR system, which run circles around any previous collections of Dorsey's work. The range of sounds among these 64 minutes of music is impressive, from hot swing like Lew Pollack's "That's a Plenty" and jazzed classics like "Mendelssohn's Spring Song" and "Song of India" (from Rimsky-Korsakov) to smooth pop like "After You've Gone," with lots of room in between for hot dance numbers ("Keepin' Out of Mischief Now") and future pop standards (including Irving Berlin's "Marie," sung by Jack Leonard). Regardless of the music, whether pop or jazz, the playing is impeccable -- the singing by Edythe Wright on "The Goona Goo," is forgettable, but there are only three vocal numbers here. It's still not easy to pick out the sound of the rhythm guitar, but boy does the bass bounce here, and the reeds, trumpets (Bunny Berigan excels throughout), and trombones are radiant in their clarity. Berigan's solos of "Song of India" and "Marie" are worth the price of this disc. The notes are a bit of a puzzle, presented as a quotes from opposed legal-style briefs, alternately attacking and defending Dorsey's jazz credentials.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/1999
Label: Rca
UPC: 0078636679228
catalogNumber: 66792

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tommy Dorsey   Primary Artist,Trombone
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Bud Freeman   Clarinet,Reeds,Tenor Saxophone
Max Kaminsky   Trumpet
Lee Castle   Trumpet
Pee Wee Erwin   Trumpet
Johnny Mince   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Babe Russin   Tenor Saxophone
Howard Smith   Piano
Red Bone   Trombone
Bob Cusmano   Trumpet
Mike Doty   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jenkins   Trombone
Dick Jones   Piano
Steve Lipkins   Trumpet
Carmen Mastren   Guitar
Ray McKinney   Trumpet
Clyde Rounds   Reeds,Alto Saxophone
Artie Shapiro   Bass
Fred Stulce   Reeds,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Gene Traxler   Bass
Jim Welch   Trumpet
Elmer Smithers   Trombone
Ward Silloway   Trombone
Joe Bauer   Trumpet
Slats Long   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Edythe Wright   Vocals
Dave Jacobs   Trombone
Bob Bunch   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Frank D'Annolfo   Trombone
Artie Foster   Trombone
Walter Mercurio   Trombone
Ben Pickering   Trombone
Sam Skolnick   Trumpet
Frank Lawson   Trumpet
Joe Dixon   Clarinet,Reeds,Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Franz Liszt   Composer
Felix Mendelssohn   Composer
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov   Composer
Anton Rubinstein   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Scott Joplin   Composer
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Harry Reser   Composer
George Van Eps   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Steve Backer   Executive Producer
Red Bone   Arranger
Henry Creamer   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Tommy Dorsey   Arranger
Will Hudson   Arranger,Composer
Dick Jones   Arranger
Orrin Keepnews   Reissue Producer
Turner Layton   Composer
Paul Mares   Composer
Carmen Mastren   Arranger
Leon Roppolo   Composer
Axel Stordahl   Arranger
Fred Stulce   Arranger
John Van Eps   Composer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Arranger
Joe Young   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
Ralph Freed   Composer
Lew Pollack   Composer
José Padilla   Composer
Harry Ruskin   Composer
Henry Sullivan   Composer
Caroline Ulrich   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer
Major Glenn Miller's American Band of the AEF   Arranger

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