Fans of legendary Chicago drummer Dave Tough will want to listen in on this third installment in the complete recordings of Tommy Dorsey presented in chronological order by Classics. Occurring between sentimental and novelty vocals by sugary Jack Leonard or snappy Edythe Wright, the Dorsey instrumentals of 1936 positively glow with a traditional jazz infusion worthy of Eddie Condon. Indeed, with Dave Tough, trumpeter Max Kaminsky, and tenor sax troubadour Bud Freeman in both the big band and the Clambake Seven, Dorsey was wise to record nice instrumental versions of "Ja-Da," "Royal Garden Blues," "That's a Plenty," "After You've Gone," "Maple Leaf Rag," and "Sleep," a sugary, soporific waltz from the 1920s that by 1936 was taking on new life as an upbeat jazz standard. Spunky Edythe Wright could sing just about anything, even material commonly associated with Shirley Temple. After cordially introducing Bud Freeman, she launches "At the Codfish Ball," a melody lifted directly from an earlier opus, Sam Coslow's "When Erastus Plays His Old Kazoo." As for "You've Gotta Eat Your Spinach, Baby," Wright sings the lyrics with gusto and the band cooks the tune to perfection.
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feat: Tommy Dorsey