Various Artists

The Studio Bands

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Although the 16 performances on this collector's LP are played by orchestras listed as being led by Art Kahn, Sleepy Hall, Dan Ritchie, Cliff Martin, Ed Lloyd, Albert Taylor, Bob Causer, Todd Rollins and Ted Wilson, the personnel (other than most of the vocalists) is largely unknown and some of the bandleader's names might be fictional. These are jazz-influenced dance band performances by studio musicians from the worst years of the Depression. The record labels and studios did not always keep proper records as to who was playing what. In any case the swing-oriented dance music, even with a few sappy vocals by Chick Bullock and Dick Robertson, is generally enjoyable.