Ziggy Elman

And the Angels Sing

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While still a regular member of Benny Goodman's orchestra, trumpeter Ziggy Elman had an opportunity to lead five recording sessions during a 12-month period of time (December 1938 to December 1939), resulting in 20 songs. In 1973, 16 of the performances were reissued on this now out of print Sunbeam LP; all have since been collected on a Classics CD. Elman, who had a similar style to Harry James (who overshadowed him with Goodman), is mostly accompanied by Goodman's reed and rhythm sections, appearing as the only brass instrument on the swing-oriented selections. The first song, "Fralich in Swing," would become Elman's big hit, "And the Angels Sing" (with a Martha Tilton vocal), a year later. Other highlights of the fine program include "Sugar," "Zaggin' With Zig," "Deep Night," and "Tootin' My Baby Back Home"; among the other soloists are pianists Jess Stacy and Johnny Guarnieri.