Lucky Millinder

1941-1942

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All 20 of the Lucky Millinder Orchestra's valuable 1941-1942 recordings are on this recommended CD. Millinder himself was not a musician and his only vocal here is mostly shouting on "Ride, Red, Ride," but he was an effective bandleader and frontman. Other than a couple of World War II propaganda songs, the music on these sessions emphasizes swing, and several notable artists are featured. Sister Rosetta Tharpe (who also played excellent guitar) has six rollicking showcases, and among the soloists are clarinetist Buster Bailey, tenorman Stafford Simon, pianist Bill Doggett, and (on the final four songs) altoist Tab Smith and the rapidly emerging trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. On "Little John Special," Dizzy quotes directly from the as-yet-unwritten "Salt Peanuts." Other highlights include "Rock Daniel," "Apollo Jump," "Rock Me," "That's All," and "Mason Flyer."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:33 Amazon
2 03:12 Amazon
3 03:23 Amazon
4 03:00 Amazon
5 03:03 Amazon
6 02:46 Amazon
7 03:24 Amazon
8 02:48 Amazon
9 03:02 Amazon
10 03:08 Amazon
11 02:41 Amazon
12
03:19 Amazon
13 02:29 Amazon
14 02:55 Amazon
15
02:44 Amazon
16 03:07 Amazon
17 03:05 Amazon
18 02:50 Amazon
19 03:16 Amazon
20 03:05 Amazon
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