The Boswell Sisters

Brunswick, Vol. 1

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This is a first-rate collection, adapted from an old Columbia Special Products LP, and featuring the sister trio backed by the Dorsey Brothers band, which included, in addition to Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Eddie Lang, Joe Venuti, and Bunny Berigan. That's enough to make these 15 sides, recorded between March 19, 1931, and June 17, 1932, into virtual all-star sessions; even better, the recordings have been mastered extremely well, so that one hears everything right down to Lang's guitar (which is surprisingly prominent on pieces like "It's the Girl") in extremely sharp relief. One is sorry there isn't a producer's credit, but that doesn't limit the enjoyment of this body of material, which includes its share of hits and is never less than first-rate. The annotation is also reasonably thorough, and the whole piece is a delightful glimpse into the Boswells' unique brand of jazz-age pop and Art Deco-era swing.

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