Jimmie Lunceford

1941-1945

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Jimmie Lunceford's Orchestra was starting to decline during the period covered by this 1996 CD from the European Classics label. There are nine numbers (including a two-part "I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town") that feature the 1941-42 orchestra, which still included trombonist Trummy Young (who has three vocals, including "Easy Street"), altoist Willie Smith, and tenorman Joe Thomas; unfortunately, Dan Grissom takes three dull vocals, and there is only one instrumental, the accurately titled "Strictly Instrumental." The second half of the set is from 1944-45, and although there are a couple worthwhile tracks (most memorably the two-part "Back Door Stuff" and "Jeep Rhythm"), Joe Thomas was the only major soloist remaining. The music overall is historic, but not as essential as Jimmie Lunceford's earlier performances.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:18
2 2:39
3 3:07
4 3:09
5 2:56
6 2:36
7 3:00
8 2:20
9 3:07
10 2:58
11 3:08
12 2:46
13 2:54
14 2:57
15 2:52
16 3:03
17 2:25
18 3:02
19 3:00
20 2:44
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