Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra

1938-1939

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The second in the Classics label's reissuance of all of trumpeter/bandleader Erskine Hawkins' early recordings features the orchestra in its early prime. Although underrated in the history books, Hawkins led one of the finest big bands of the era. Among the more memorable selections in this consistently exciting set are "Weary Blues," "King Porter Stomp," "Swing Out," "Swingin' On Lenox Avenue," "Gin Mill Special," and the original version of "Tuxedo Junction." All of the CDs in the valuable series are highly recommended to swing collectors.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:22
2 2:40
3 3:15
4 3:27
5 3:17
6 3:17
7 2:40
8 3:20
9
2:30
10
2:23
11 3:20
12 2:58
13 2:35
14 2:36
15 2:37
16 3:12
17 3:09
18 3:10
19 3:16
20 3:14
21 3:00
22 3:23
23
3:26
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