Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra

1938

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Here's the Berigan band arguably at its peak, taking the music of Bix Beiderbecke to the next level, almost making these sides a case study in "what would Bix have sounded like had he lived and worked with a big band"? Although sides like "The Pied Piper" and "Ten Easy Lessons' feature vocals by Ruth Gaylor (herself a knockoff of Benny Goodman vocalist Helen Ward), instrumentals like "Jelly Roll Blues," "In a Mist," and "Livery Stable Blues," stress the Bix connection and bring these tunes into the big band age. On all but four tracks, the drumming chores are handled by a young Buddy Rich, swinging the band for all he's worth.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:30
2 3:04
3 3:02
4 3:25
5 3:21
6 3:24
7 3:02
8 2:50
9 2:43
10 2:47
11 3:12
12
2:41
13 3:10
14 2:30
15 3:18
16 3:15
17 3:21
18 2:49
19 3:07
20 2:47
21 3:17
22 3:10
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