Mills Blue Rhythm Band

1931-1932

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Although somewhat forgotten, the Mills Blue Rhythm Band was one of the better jazz orchestras of the early 1930s. Classics has reissued all of the big band's recordings over five CDs. In its early days, the band did not have an excess of famous soloists (altoist Charlie Holmes, from the Luis Russell, band was the first "name" to join), but the band improved with time and always featured excellent ensembles (with fine arrangements from trombonist Harry White), along with worthwhile solo statements. The second Classics Blue Rhythm CD is highlighted by "The Scat Song," "Doin' the Shake," "The Growl," "Rhythm Spasm" and "White Lightning."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:10
2 3:16
3 3:01
4 3:00
5
feat: Baron Lee
2:46
6
feat: Baron Lee
3:14
7
feat: Baron Lee
2:37
8
feat: Baron Lee
2:58
9 3:01
10 3:04
11
2:43
12
3:06
13
2:49
14 2:53
15 3:03
16 3:04
17 2:49
18 3:10
19 2:59
20 2:45
21 2:58
22 2:54
blue highlight denotes track pick