Various Artists

Indiana Jazz 1924-34

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Indiana is not thought of as a major stronghold of jazz but, as with most states, it has always had its own interesting jazz scene; not all important jazz emanates from New York. This LP from the collector's label IAJRC features recordings from Charlie Davis's Orchestra (its most famous member, actor Dick Powell, has two vocals), an obscure version of the Jean Goldkette Orchestra (featuring a pair of vocals by Hoagy Carmichael) and Carmichael's bands from 1929 and 1933 along with his solo version of "Washboard Blues" from 1934; five of the six numbers (including the earliest version of Carmichael's "Rockin' Chair") were previously unissued. This LP has valuable and enjoyable music that is easily recommended to classic jazz fans along with those listeners interested in Hoagy Carmichael's early days.