Harry James

Sharp as a Tack

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Since Columbia has never put out a complete chronological study of Harry James, one has to rely on collections such as this LP to at least gain some of the trumpeter's valuable big-band performances. Sixteen of James's records (dating from 1940-53 and not programmed in chronological order) put an emphasis on the trumpeter's jazz output. Only one song has a vocal and four utilize a string section. Such swinging obscurities as "Prince Charming," "Sharp as a Tack," "Ya Better Stop" and "Circus Days" among many others make this an LP well worth picking up, at least until Columbia starts reissuing this underrated music on CD.