Larry Clinton

1937-1938, Vol. 1: Transcription Sessions

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Arranger Larry Clinton led a first-class jazz-influenced dance orchestra during the swing era. This CD contains two very good sessions from 1937-1938 that were cut as radio transcriptions. Included is the only version of Clinton's most famous composition, "The Dipsy Doodle," which he was able to record during this period with singer Bea Wain; Tommy Dorsey had already had a big hit with that song and the Victor label did not want Clinton to compete with it even though it was his tune! Wain, a top-notch swing singer, is featured on around half of the 26 selections on this 75-minute disc. Clinton did not have any major solos in his group (clarinetist Don Watt and tenor saxophonist Tony Zimmers come closest), but the musicianship in his orchestra was excellent, the ensembles were clean, and the band swung effortlessly through his inventive charts. Since Clinton's studio recordings are mostly unavailable and his orchestra was in top form for the radio transcriptions, this CD is highly recommended.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:04
2 2:49
3 2:57
4 2:51
5 3:10
6
feat: Bea Wain
2:25
7 2:42
8 2:50
9 2:42
10 2:51
11 2:51
12 3:02
13 2:42
14 2:38
15 2:38
16 2:46
17 2:17
18 2:44
19 3:38
20 2:51
21
3:23
22 2:25
23
2:42
24 3:07
25 2:50
26 2:40
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