Various Artists

A Bag of Sleepers, Vol. 2

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The second of three LPs in Arcadia's series of obscure but hot jazz and dance bands from the late '20s has recordings by groups even veteran collectors will most likely be unfamiliar with: Henry Lange's Orchestra, Clarie Hull's Boys, the original Atlanta Footwarmers, Hal Frazer's Georgians, Ruby Green's Manhattan Madcaps, Lew Weimer's Black and Gold Aces, Art Payne's Orchestra, Bob McGowan's Orchestra, Tommy Meyers's Gang, Ducky Yountz's Orchestra, Dick Coy's Racketeers and Dexter's Pennsylvanians. The music from these territory bands (most of whom were recorded in the Midwest) ranges from melodic jazz to hot dance arrangements and this set has more than its share of interesting moments.