The Broadway Bell-Hops

1926-1928 [Classic Jazz Rarities]

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During 1926-1928, a Sam Lanin group called the Broadway Bellhops recorded 80 selections using a variety of top white jazz/dance band musicians of the era, including (on two songs) Bix Beiderbecke. Twenty-four of the best selections are on this CD. The music is hot dance music that is often quite jazz-oriented. Among the key sidemen are cornetist Red Nichols, trombonist Miff Mole, Joe Tarto on tuba, trumpeter Tommy Gott, and Larry Abbott on clarinet and alto sax. This collectors' disc (which has no liner notes but full discographical details) has such enjoyable jazz/pop period numbers as "Let's Talk About My Sweetie," "I Found a Round About Way to Heaven," "Who Could Be More Wonderful Than You," "Don't Take That Black Bottom Away," "It All Depends on You," and "That's Just My Way of Forgetting You." 1920s collectors will want to go out of their way for this fine CD.

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