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Classic Capitol Jazz Sessions

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Even for the Mosaic label, this limited-edition 12-CD box set is miraculous. Unlike most of their other efforts, this is not a "complete" set, although each of the 65 sessions covered is complete. A collection of mostly formerly rare sessions made for Capitol during its first 11 years, the music ranges from Dixieland in the Bob Crosby Bobcats manner to some swing-oriented big bands and a touch of bop. The quantity (245 selections) and the high quality are both remarkable. Included are exciting sessions by Paul Whiteman, Eddie Miller, Nappy Lamare, Ray Bauduc, Marvin Ash, Wingy Manone, Johnny Mercer, Scatman Crothers, Deane Kincaide, Armand Hug, Frankie Trumbauer (his last recordings), Pud Brown, Bud Freeman, Zutty Singleton, Bobby Hackett, Sid Catlett, Al Casey, the Capitol Jazzmen, Jack Teagarden, Anita O'Day, Ten Cats and a Mouse, the Benny Carter big band, Jess Stacy, Joe Sullivan, Mel Powell, the exciting and very underrated Cootie Williams Orchestra, Murray McEachern, Rex Stewart, Sonny Greer, Louie Bellson, Carl Kress, Kay Starr, Red Norvo and Stan Hasselgard. A remarkable and highly enjoyable set which contains many previously unreleased recordings.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Paul Whiteman 03:19 Amazon
2 Paul Whiteman 03:18 Amazon
3 Paul Whiteman 03:09 Amazon
4 Paul Whiteman 03:14 Amazon
5 Paul Whiteman 02:56 Amazon
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Paul Whiteman 03:23 Amazon
7 Paul Whiteman 03:01 Amazon
8 03:08 Amazon
9 02:52 Amazon
10 The Glenn Miller Orchestra 02:59 Amazon
11 03:00 Amazon
12 02:54 Amazon
13 Eddie Miller 03:07 Amazon
14 02:57 Amazon
15 Jesse Price 02:56 Amazon
16 Jesse Price 02:50 Amazon
17 Jesse Price 02:53 Amazon
18 Jesse Price 03:02 Amazon
19 Jesse Price 02:48 Amazon
20 Jesse Price 02:33 Amazon
21 Jesse Price 02:55 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Nappy Lamare 03:02 Amazon
2 Nappy Lamare 02:45 Amazon
3 Nappy Lamare / Eddie Miller 02:35 Amazon
4
Nappy Lamare 03:00 Amazon
5 Ray Bauduc 02:51 Amazon
6 Ray Bauduc 03:00 Amazon
7 Ray Bauduc 02:34 Amazon
8
Ray Bauduc 02:41 Amazon
9 Nappy Lamare 03:00 Amazon
10 Nappy Lamare 02:41 Amazon
11 Nappy Lamare 03:07 Amazon
12
Nappy Lamare 03:18 Amazon
13 Marvin Ash / Nappy Lamare 03:06 Amazon
14 Marvin Ash / Nappy Lamare 02:42 Amazon
15 Marvin Ash / Nappy Lamare 02:53 Amazon
16 Marvin Ash / Nappy Lamare 02:22 Amazon
17 Marvin Ash / Nappy Lamare 02:29 Amazon
18 Nappy Lamare 02:29 Amazon
19
Nappy Lamare 02:15 Amazon
20 Nappy Lamare 02:22 Amazon
21 Nappy Lamare 02:52 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Wingy Manone 02:57 Amazon
2 Wingy Manone 03:02 Amazon
3 Wingy Manone 02:40 Amazon
4 Wingy Manone 02:49 Amazon
5 Wingy Manone 02:49 Amazon
6 Wingy Manone 02:37 Amazon
7 Wingy Manone 03:03 Amazon
8 Wingy Manone 02:34 Amazon
9 Wingy Manone 02:40 Amazon
10 Johnny Mercer 02:52 Amazon
11 Johnny Mercer 02:41 Amazon
12
Johnny Mercer 02:51 Amazon
13 Johnny Mercer 02:36 Amazon
14 Deane Kincaide 02:48 Amazon
15
Deane Kincaide 02:59 Amazon
16 Deane Kincaide 02:57 Amazon
17
Deane Kincaide 02:45 Amazon
18 Scatman Crothers 02:55 Amazon
19 Scatman Crothers 03:05 Amazon
20 Scatman Crothers 02:39 Amazon
21 Scatman Crothers 03:05 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Armand Hug 02:17 Amazon
2 Armand Hug 02:08 Amazon
3 Armand Hug 02:11 Amazon
4 Armand Hug 02:06 Amazon
5 Armand Hug 02:45 Amazon
6 Armand Hug 02:32 Amazon
7 Armand Hug 02:15 Amazon
8 Armand Hug 02:50 Amazon
9 Armand Hug 03:01 Amazon
10 Frankie Trumbauer 03:00 Amazon
11 Frankie Trumbauer 03:00 Amazon
12 Frankie Trumbauer 03:00 Amazon
13 Pud Brown 02:10 Amazon
14 Pud Brown 03:14 Amazon
15 Bud Freeman 02:38 Amazon
16 Bud Freeman 02:38 Amazon
17 Bud Freeman 02:44 Amazon
18 Bud Freeman 02:40 Amazon
19 Bud Freeman 02:21 Amazon
20 Bud Freeman 02:12 Amazon
21 Bud Freeman 02:43 Amazon
22 Bud Freeman 02:44 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Capitol Jazzmen 02:51 Amazon
2 The Capitol Jazzmen 02:58 Amazon
3 The Capitol Jazzmen 03:06 Amazon
4 The Capitol Jazzmen 03:01 Amazon
5 The Capitol Jazzmen 03:24 Amazon
6 The Capitol Jazzmen 03:00 Amazon
7 The Capitol Jazzmen 02:56 Amazon
8 Jack Teagarden 02:51 Amazon
9 Jack Teagarden 03:01 Amazon
10 Jack Teagarden 02:39 Amazon
11 Jack Teagarden 02:40 Amazon
12 Capitol International Jazzmen 02:40 Amazon
13 Capitol International Jazzmen 02:37 Amazon
14 The Capitol Jazzmen 03:05 Amazon
15 The Capitol Jazzmen 02:57 Amazon
16 The Capitol Jazzmen 02:46 Amazon
17 Anita O'Day 02:41 Amazon
18 Anita O'Day 03:00 Amazon
19 Anita O'Day 02:43 Amazon
20 Anita O'Day 02:48 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Jess Stacy 02:45 Amazon
2 Jess Stacy 03:03 Amazon
3 Jess Stacy 02:29 Amazon
4 Jess Stacy 02:44 Amazon
5 Joe Sullivan 02:51 Amazon
6 Joe Sullivan 03:04 Amazon
7 Joe Sullivan 03:06 Amazon
8 Joe Sullivan 03:04 Amazon
9 Joe Sullivan 03:04 Amazon
10 Joe Sullivan 02:51 Amazon
11 Joe Sullivan 02:36 Amazon
12 Joe Sullivan 03:01 Amazon
13 Joe Sullivan 03:02 Amazon
14 Mel Powell 02:40 Amazon
15 Mel Powell 02:09 Amazon
16 Mel Powell 02:45 Amazon
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Mel Powell 02:49 Amazon
18 Mel Powell 02:30 Amazon
19 Mel Powell 02:54 Amazon
20 Mel Powell 02:07 Amazon
21 Mel Powell 02:35 Amazon
22 Mel Powell 02:03 Amazon
23 Mel Powell 02:30 Amazon
24 Mel Powell 02:51 Amazon
25 Mel Powell 03:07 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Cootie Williams 03:09 Amazon
2 Cootie Williams 02:52 Amazon
3 Cootie Williams 02:41 Amazon
4 Cootie Williams 03:13 Amazon
5 Cootie Williams 03:17 Amazon
6 Cootie Williams 02:55 Amazon
7 Cootie Williams 02:54 Amazon
8 Cootie Williams 02:46 Amazon
9 Cootie Williams 02:46 Amazon
10 Cootie Williams 02:56 Amazon
11 Cootie Williams 03:02 Amazon
12
Cootie Williams 02:56 Amazon
13
Cootie Williams 02:41 Amazon
14 Cootie Williams 03:02 Amazon
15 Cootie Williams 03:01 Amazon
16 Cootie Williams 03:01 Amazon
17 Cootie Williams 03:15 Amazon
18 Cootie Williams 02:48 Amazon
19 Cootie Williams 03:11 Amazon
20 Cootie Williams 03:05 Amazon
21
Cootie Williams 03:08 Amazon
22 Cootie Williams 03:08 Amazon
23 Cootie Williams 02:35 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 10

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Cootie Williams 02:43 Amazon
2 Cootie Williams 03:09 Amazon
3 Cootie Williams 02:49 Amazon
4 Murray McEachern 02:30 Amazon
5 Murray McEachern 03:12 Amazon
6 Rex Stewart 03:03 Amazon
7 Rex Stewart 03:03 Amazon
8 Rex Stewart 02:58 Amazon
9 Rex Stewart 02:53 Amazon
10 Rex Stewart 02:37 Amazon
11 Sonny Greer 02:56 Amazon
12 Sonny Greer 03:02 Amazon
13 Sonny Greer 02:49 Amazon
14 Sonny Greer 03:06 Amazon
15 Sonny Greer 02:57 Amazon
16 Sonny Greer 02:56 Amazon
17 Louie Bellson 03:07 Amazon
18 Louie Bellson 02:46 Amazon
19 Louie Bellson 02:46 Amazon
20 Louie Bellson 03:20 Amazon
21 Louie Bellson 03:21 Amazon
22 Louie Bellson 02:42 Amazon
23 Louie Bellson 02:44 Amazon
24 Louie Bellson 02:30 Amazon
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