Artie Shaw & His Orchestra

Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 1939-1940

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Pearl Flapper presents a sampler of Artie Shaw's recordings made between January 1939 and January 1941 by Shaw's orchestra (sometimes augmented by a string section) and his magnificently hip Gramercy Five. Highlights include a swell rendering of W.C. Handy's "Chantez Les Bas," the famous "Frenesi," "I Surrender Dear," "One Night Stand" and the Gramercy Five masterworks "Summit Ridge Drive," "Special Delivery Stomp," "Dr. Livingstone, I Presume?" and "When the Quail Come Back to San Quentin." This compilation is presented as part of Pearl Flapper's Cream Series; the name implies that these are some of the very best recordings he made during this time period. And that's no exaggeration. Sound quality retains a certain amount of the original 78 rpm phonograph record surface noise, which some listeners may well value for its organic authenticity.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:05
2 3:08
3 3:16
4 3:25
5 3:08
6 3:38
7 3:40
8 3:24
9 3:05
10 2:43
11 2:55
12 3:21
13 2:35
14 3:23
15 3:27
16 3:18
17 3:40
18 3:07
19 3:06
20 2:38
21 3:14
22 3:10
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