Barney Bigard / Johnny Mercer / Sister Rosetta Tharpe

The Jubilee Shows, Vol. 10: Nos. 56 & 61

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The tenth CD in this series, as with its nine predecessors, has two complete Jubilee radio programs. With Ernest "Bubbles" Whitman as the MC (and showing off his ability to read jivey tongue twisters with ease and good humor), the shows, made for black servicemen who were mostly stationed overseas, are overflowing with talent. No. 56 has the obscure Noble Sissle Orchestra as the house band, being featured on "Skater's Waltz"; backing several singers; and showcasing its pianist, Harry Brooks, on "Blues in the Night." High points of the show are two numbers ("C Jam Blues" and "I Got Rhythm") featuring clarinetist Barney Bigard in a quintet with the Cootie Williams-influenced trumpeter Red Mack. Also featured along the way are singers Dorothy Webster, Edna Webster (who doubles on trumpet), Phil Moore (on his own "Shoo Shoo Baby," which is given a wistful treatment), and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who is in excellent on "That's All." Show No. 61 has the Cee Pee Johnson Orchestra (a Los Angeles big band best known for its wartime radio broadcasts) in swinging form on "Sherman Shuffle," "Mop Mop," and "Swing Crazy." Also heard from are the Delta Rhythm Boys (a sappy version of "That Old Black Magic"), singer Timmie Rodgers ("Bring Enough Coffee for Three Days"), and singer/lyricist Johnny Mercer (on "G.I. Jive" and "Knock Me a Kiss"). This set is well worth picking up by swing fans, as are the other CDs in this valuable series.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Noble Sissle
1:20
2
feat: Noble Sissle
2:51
3
feat: Noble Sissle
3:21
4 3:45
5
4:05
6
feat: Noble Sissle
4:13
7
feat: Phil Moore
3:03
8 2:35
9
feat: Noble Sissle
3:40
10
feat: Noble Sissle
2:02
11
1:36
12 2:34
13 5:54
14
2:59
15 2:37
16
5:23
17 4:19
18
2:51
19
2:02
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