Various Artists

Celebri Complessi, Vol. 2

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The tenth LP released by this Italian subsidiary in the early 1980s documents a variety of small groups that recorded V-Discs in the mid-1940s. Louis Jordan's Tympany Five performs "Deacon Jones" and "I Like 'Em Fat Like That," the Benny Goodman Trio plays a melodic rendition of "I Want to Be Loved," and singer Marie Greene has two features (including a fine version of "I Know That You Know"). The Page Cavanaugh Trio sounds quite boppish on its two complex instrumentals, the Loumell Morgan Trio romps on "Take Me out to the Ballgame" and "Good Enough to Keep," and pianist-singer Harry "The Hipster" Gibson is in excellent form on a pair of numbers that find his trio joined by trumpeter George Jaffe. The only low point to the album are two novelties by Milt Herth that make it clear why it took a long time for the organ to get accepted as a serious instrument in jazz. On a whole, all of the now-rare V-Disc albums are worth picking up; hopefully they will be reissued on CD in coherent order eventually.