Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra

1941-1945

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All of the recordings cut by the always-underrated Erskine Hawkins Orchestra during a four-year period are reissued on this Classics CD. Actually there is only one cut from 1941 and seven songs from 1942 so the bulk of the set deals with the 1945 edition of the orchestra. In general the instrumentals are much more rewarding than the vocals, featuring solos by the trumpeter/leader, altoist Bobby Smith (who stars on the hit record of "Tippin' In") and tenor-saxophonist Julian Dash. The vocals by James Mitchelle, Ida James, Carol Tucker and Dolores Brown are harmless if forgettable; pianist Ace Harris fares best singing "Caldonia." In addition to "Tippin' In," highlights include "Lucky Seven," "Bear Mash Blues" (a near-classic by Sammy Lowe), "Caldonia," "Good Dip" and "Holiday for Swing." This is the fifth Erskine Hawkins CD from Classics and, due to the consistency of the band, all are recommended.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:16
2 3:17
3 3:20
4 2:55
5 3:21
6 3:08
7 2:44
8 3:07
9 3:21
10 3:00
11 2:51
12
2:51
13 3:25
14 2:32
15
3:24
16
2:49
17
3:00
18 3:08
19 3:26
20
3:25
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