Various Artists

Swingtime in Europe [TOM]

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The LPs released by the TOM label (which is an abbreviation for "The Old Masters") look like bootlegs due to the lack of liner notes and even exact date and personnel information (the back cover is completely blank) but the music is frequently quite valuable and not available elsewhere. This particular release has performances from violinist Eddie South, pianist Freddy Johnson and Willie Lewis' orchestra (which features trumpeter Bill Coleman, Big Boy Goudie on tenor and clarinet and pianist Herman Chittison). All of the swing-oriented sides were recorded in Europe; three previously unreleased alternate takes add to the value of this recommended collectors album.