Mills Blue Rhythm Band

1933-1934

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By 1933, the Mills Blue Rhythm Band was entering its prime period. On the third of Classics' five "complete" CDs by the orchestra, the music is excellent, except for four okay vocals by Chuck Richards. Trumpeter Ed Anderson emerged as a strong soloist during the period; trombonist J.C. Higginbottham joined the band for the final 11 of these 23 selections; the great trumpeter Henry "Red" Allen signed up in time for the last nine numbers; tenor saxophonist Joe Garland was featured on some good spots; and the rhythm section proves that it could hold its own with most others of the time. In addition, guest singer Adelaide Hall is heard on two previously unreleased numbers that were previously unreleased. Such charts as "Ridin' In Rhythm," "Harlem After Midnight" (heard in two versions), "The Stuff Is Here (And It's Mellow)," "The Growl" and "Swingin' In E Flat" are quite enjoyable. Recommended.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:12
2 3:12
3 3:19
4 3:03
5 3:04
6 2:56
7 2:43
8 3:05
9 3:23
10 3:15
11 2:46
12
3:01
13 2:57
14 2:56
15 3:00
16 2:54
17 3:03
18 3:00
19 3:03
20 2:47
21 3:01
22 2:52
23 3:07
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