Jimmy Dorsey / Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra

Contrasts [Decca]

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This CD puts the emphasis on the Jimmy Dorsey orchestra's jazz sides rather than the vocal best-sellers. Popular singer Helen O'Connell does make three appearances (including the hit "Tangerine"), but most of these selections are instrumentals, with Dorsey's alto and clarinet in outstanding form (it was easy to forget how talented an instrumentalist he was during these commercial years). Most of the other fine soloists are lesser names, although they include future bandleaders Ray McKinley (on drums) and pianist Freddie Slack. Highlights are "Parade of the Milk Bottle Caps," "I Got Rhythm," "John Silver," "Ducks in Upper Sandusky," "Contrasts" (Dorsey's theme), and "King Porter Stomp," although there isn't a weak track on this release. Recommended -- this is Dorsey's definitive set.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:07 Amazon
2 3:02 Amazon
3 3:10 Amazon
4 3:05 Amazon
5 3:16 Amazon
6 3:00 Amazon
7 4:20 Amazon
8 3:14 Amazon
9 2:27 Amazon
10 2:31 Amazon
11 3:08 Amazon
12 3:02 Amazon
13 3:16 Amazon
14 3:06 Amazon
15 2:26 Amazon
16 3:21 Amazon
17 3:22 Amazon
18 3:12
19 3:24 Amazon
20 2:52 Amazon
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