Isham Jones

Featuring Woody Herman

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Before 1936 was over, arranger/composer Isham Jones decided to leave the band business, and the nucleus of his orchestra would soon be taken over by the young Woody Herman. On this collector's LP, one has opportunities to hear jazz-oriented radio performances by Jones' big band near its end in the winter of 1936. Among the key players are trumpeter Chelsea Quealey, trombonist Sonny Lee, tenorman Saxie Mansfield, and Herman himself on alto, clarinet and the vocal on "Old Man Mose." Among the other highlights are "Stomping at the Savoy," "You're Driving Me Crazy" and a private record of "Blues" by a small group headed by Herman and taken from Jones' orchestra. Interesting historical music that has its fun moments.