Bunny Berigan

1909-1942: Flat Foot Floogie

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By the mid-'30s, trumpeter and vocalist Bunny Berigan had gained his reputation playing with, among others, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey. It was only a matter of time before Berigan assembled his own band and struck out on his own. 1909-1942: Flat Foot Floogie covers Berigan as a bandleader in his own right, employing a terrific band that included Buddy Rich, Georgie Auld, and Ray Conniff. "Shanghai Shuffle," "Mahogany Hall Stomp," and "Sing You Sinners," are among the highlights from this 12-song set. While the performances are recommended, this CD isnt. No tune clocks in at over three minutes and 47 seconds, making this a very skimpy disc. The superior set of Berigan material is found on the Bluebird/RCA collection Pied Piper.

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