With the exception of 1941's "Jughead," all of the music on this double-LP is from 1945-48 and 1951-54. A few live appearances mix in with studio recordings and all 29 numbers emphasize the jazz side of Harry James's big band performances; there are no vocals. Among the sidemen are tenorman Vido Musso, altoist Willie Smith, Corky Corcoran on tenor, trombonist Ziggy Elmer and pianists Arnold Ross and Bruce McDonald. Few of these recordings have appeared on CD yet and this collectors' two-fer might be available at a budget price; get it. Highlights include "The Great Lie," "East Coast Blues," the two-part "Moten Swing," "In a Mist" and an extended "King Porter Stomp."
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