Jean Goldkette

1924-1929

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Jean Goldkette's best-known big band was the 1926-1927 unit that featured cornetist Bix Beiderbecke and C-melody saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer. However, this very interesting collector's LP (which will hopefully be reissued on CD by the reactivated TOM label) features some of Goldkette's best recordings prior to and right after the Bix era. Unfortunately, no personnel listing or recording dates are given, but the valuable set does span practically Goldkette's entire (if brief) bandleading career. Among the key sidemen on these hot dance band sides are trombonist Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey on clarinet and alto, violinist Joe Venuti, and trumpeters Sterling Bose and Andy Secrest. The versions of "My Blackbirds Are Bluebirds Now" and "Don't Be Like That" utilize the nucleus of McKinney's Cotton Pickers.