Harry James

1954

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Quite a few recordings of Harry James from the mid-'50s have been released through the years. This Circle LP alternates heated swing with nostalgia, instrumentals with Paula Gilbert vocals. Certainly nothing much is added by the release of these versions of "Cherry" and "Sleepy Lagoon" but the leader/trumpeter does take some good solos on "Palladium Party" and "Sugar Foot Stomp." Not essential but a worthwhile acquisition for swing fans.