Various Artists

Classic Capitol Jazz Sessions

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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 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:45
2 3:03
3 2:29
4 2:44
5 2:51
6 3:04
7 3:06
8 3:04
9 3:04
10 2:51
11 2:36
12 3:01
13 3:02
14 2:40
15 2:09
16 2:45
17
2:49
18 2:30
19 2:54
20 2:07
21 2:35
22 2:03
23 2:30
24 2:51
25 3:07

Track Listing - Disc 9

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