1941

John Kirby & His Orchestra

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1941 Review

by Scott Yanow

Recorded in 1941 when the John Kirby Sextet was at the height of its powers and popularity, this album consists of 14 mostly brief performances cut as radio transcriptions. Clocking in between 1:47 and 3:05, the selections feature concise solos from trumpeter Charlie Shavers, clarinetist Buster Bailey, altoist Russell Procope and pianist Billy Kyle, plus the group's trademark cool sound and flawless work on some rather tricky arrangements. Among the more memorable numbers are "Ida," "Coquette," "Front and Center," "Dawn on the Desert" and "Original Dixieland One Step."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 John Kirby & His Orchestra feat: John Kirby 01:50 Amazon
2 John Kirby & His Orchestra feat: John Kirby 02:28 Amazon
3 John Kirby & His Orchestra feat: John Kirby 02:48 Amazon
4 John Kirby & His Orchestra feat: John Kirby 02:22 Amazon
5 John Kirby & His Orchestra feat: John Kirby 03:01 Amazon
6 John Kirby & His Orchestra feat: John Kirby 02:57 Amazon
7 John Kirby & His Orchestra feat: John Kirby 03:04 Amazon
8 John Kirby & His Orchestra feat: John Kirby 03:07 Amazon
9 John Kirby & His Orchestra feat: John Kirby 02:37 Amazon
10 John Kirby & His Orchestra feat: John Kirby 02:22 Amazon
11 John Kirby & His Orchestra feat: John Kirby 02:27 Amazon
12 John Kirby & His Orchestra feat: John Kirby 02:43 Amazon
13 John Kirby & His Orchestra feat: John Kirby 02:47 Amazon
14 John Kirby & His Orchestra feat: John Kirby 02:27 Amazon
15 John Kirby & His Orchestra feat: John Kirby 01:48 Amazon
16 John Kirby & His Orchestra feat: John Kirby 01:42 Amazon
17 John Kirby & His Orchestra feat: John Kirby 02:00 Amazon
18 John Kirby & His Orchestra feat: John Kirby 02:29 Amazon
19 John Kirby & His Orchestra feat: John Kirby 02:42 Amazon
20 John Kirby & His Orchestra feat: John Kirby 02:07 Amazon
21 John Kirby & His Orchestra feat: John Kirby 03:04 Amazon
22 John Kirby & His Orchestra feat: John Kirby 01:52 Amazon
23 John Kirby & His Orchestra feat: John Kirby 03:30 Amazon
24 John Kirby & His Orchestra feat: John Kirby 03:47 Amazon
25 John Kirby & His Orchestra feat: John Kirby 02:29 Amazon
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