Claude Hopkins & His Orchestra

1934-1935

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The second of three CDs documenting the history of the Claude Hopkins Orchestra does not quite reach the heights of the first set (too many Orlando Roberson high-note vocals and some erratic moments by the musicians) but still has many moments of interest. With trumpeter Ovie Alston (who takes four vocals), trombonist Fernando Arbello, clarinetist Edmond Hall (also heard on baritone), and tenorman Bobby Sands sharing the solo space with pianist Hopkins, some of the selections swing quite hard. Best are "Harlem Rhythm Dance," "Everybody Shuffle," "King Porter Stomp," "In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree" and "Zozoi." All of the numbers except for the last three are from 1934.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:27
2 2:49
3 3:02
4 2:43
5 2:58
6 2:38
7 2:46
8 3:09
9 3:08
10 3:08
11 3:10
12 2:44
13 2:22
14 2:40
15 2:43
16 2:41
17 2:40
18 2:51
19 2:56
20 3:00
21 3:01
22 3:19
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