Bob Crosby & His Orchestra

Big Band Dixieland

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Jasmine presents 24 classic big-band swing performances recorded between June 12, 1936 and September 3, 1940 by Decca recording artists Bob Crosby & His Bobcats. Ace players include trumpeters Yank Lawson, Billy Butterfield and Sterling Bose; trombonists George Brunies, Floyd O'Brien and Ray Conniff; reedmen Hank D'Amico, Irving Fazola, Matty Matlock, Deane Kincaide and Eddie Miller; singing guitarist Nappy Lamare; bassist Bob Haggart, drummer Ray Bauduc and pianists Jess Stacy, Joe Sullivan and Bob Zurke. Someone went through this band's discography and filtered out all of the sweet pop tunes, resulting in one of the jazziest and best Bob Crosby compilations in existence. Not everything played here is Dixieland but with the emphasis upon traditional jazz, boogie woogie and solid swing, even Emile Waldteufel's "Skater's Waltz" and the Parisian pop tune "Vieni, Vieni" are transformed into jitterbugging material. The authentic New Orleans/Chicago styled selections are marvelously well done; high points are "Panama," "Sugar Foot Strut," "Royal Garden Blues," and Kid Ory's "Savoy Blues," taken at exactly the right tempo which in this case is slow and easy but with guts and gumption.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Bob Crosby
2:38 Spotify
2
feat: Bob Crosby
3:18 Spotify
3
feat: Bob Crosby
3:09 Spotify
4
feat: Bob Crosby
3:13 Spotify
5
feat: Bob Crosby
3:02 Spotify
6
feat: Bob Crosby
3:25 Spotify
7
feat: Bob Crosby
2:35 Spotify
8
feat: Bob Crosby
2:59 Spotify
9
feat: Bob Crosby
3:35 Spotify
10
feat: Bob Crosby
2:43 Spotify
11
feat: Bob Crosby
2:58 Spotify
12
feat: Bob Crosby
3:08 Spotify
13
feat: Bob Crosby
3:14 Spotify
14
feat: Bob Crosby
3:01 Spotify
15
feat: Bob Crosby
2:58 Spotify
16
feat: Bob Crosby
3:02 Spotify
17
feat: Bob Crosby
2:57 Spotify
18
feat: Bob Crosby
2:39 Spotify
19
feat: Bob Crosby
2:48 Spotify
20
feat: Bob Crosby
3:16 Spotify
21
feat: Bob Crosby
3:02 Spotify
22
feat: Bob Crosby
2:22 Spotify
23
feat: Bob Crosby
3:05 Spotify
24
feat: Bob Crosby
3:04 Spotify
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