Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra

1938

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1938 Review

by Cub Koda

Here's the Berigan band arguably at its peak, taking the music of Bix Beiderbecke to the next level, almost making these sides a case study in "what would Bix have sounded like had he lived and worked with a big band"? Although sides like "The Pied Piper" and "Ten Easy Lessons' feature vocals by Ruth Gaylor (herself a knockoff of Benny Goodman vocalist Helen Ward), instrumentals like "Jelly Roll Blues," "In a Mist," and "Livery Stable Blues," stress the Bix connection and bring these tunes into the big band age. On all but four tracks, the drumming chores are handled by a young Buddy Rich, swinging the band for all he's worth.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra 03:30 Amazon
2 Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra 03:04 Amazon
3 Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra 03:02 Amazon
4 Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra 03:25 Amazon
5 Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra 03:21 Amazon
6 Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra 03:24 Amazon
7 Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra 03:02 Amazon
8 Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra 02:50 Amazon
9 Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra 02:43 Amazon
10 Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra 02:47 Amazon
11 Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra 03:12 Amazon
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Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra 02:41 Amazon
13 Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra 03:10 Amazon
14 Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra 02:30 Amazon
15 Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra 03:18 Amazon
16 Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra 03:15 Amazon
17 Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra 03:21 Amazon
18 Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra 02:49 Amazon
19 Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra 03:07 Amazon
20 Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra 02:47 Amazon
21 Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra 03:17 Amazon
22 Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra 03:10 Amazon
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