Frankie Trumbauer

1932-1936

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The 1930s recordings of C-melody saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer are fairly obscure, particularly compared to his classic 1927-29 collaborations with Bix Beiderbecke. This set starts with a couple sessions from 1932 that feature a large ensemble mostly taken from the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. A couple of interesting medleys benefit from fine arrangements and the band also sounds strong on "Business in Q" and "The Newest St. Louis Blues." There are two sessions from 1934 that feature trumpeter Charlie Teagarden and trombonist Jack Teagarden (who sings "Emaline" and "'Long About Midnight") and includes a version of Beiderbecke's "In a Mist." The other session from 1934 has spots for trumpeter Bunny Berigan and clarinetist Artie Shaw while the numbers from 1936 again include both Charlie and Jack Teagarden. The material is pretty jazz-oriented and some of the other memorable tracks are "China Boy," "Breakin' in a Pair of Shoes" and "Somebody Loves Me." This is excellent music that serves as a transition between the classic jazz of the 1920s and swing.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
4:55
2
4:55
3 3:00
4
2:56
5 2:51
6 2:50
7 3:12
8 3:12
9 2:52
10 2:38
11 2:44
12 2:58
13 3:11
14 2:50
15 3:12
16 3:33
17 2:40
18 2:46
19 2:57
20 3:15
21 2:59
22 3:14
23 3:14
24 3:13
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