Bert Lown

Bert Lown's Biltmore Hotel Orchestra

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Bert Lown, who co-wrote "Bye Bye Blues," and led a fine orchestra that recorded fairly frequently from 1929-1933. This 1997 CD has 23 of the best selections by Lown's hot dance band. Most tracks have vocals by the Biltmore Rhythm Boys or Elmer Feldkamp. Among the best-known players are the two heard in the bass saxophone slot, Adrian Rollini and Spencer Clark. Each of the selections has its moments of interest (the level of musicianship is quite high), with a small-group romp on "Jazz Me Blues," "Bye Bye Blues," and "Heartaches" (recorded several years before Ted Weems had his hit version) being among the more memorable numbers. Easily recommended to vintage jazz collectors.

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