Sam Donahue & His Orchestra

Dance Date

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AllMusic Review by John Bush

Dance Date reissues 20 tracks from Sam Donahue, a sweet bandleader and tenor saxophonist from the '50s. There are some serious flaws in the recording quality, and though the playing is bright and efficient, Donahue's trad playing hasn't aged well. Somewhat similar to a Lawrence Welk version of Stan Getz, the tenor had the bright tone of Lester Young and the low-throated swing of Coleman Hawkins, but very little to say besides sounding sweet. There are a few highlights, though, including Dorothy Dunn's impressive vocal on "He's Funny That Way."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Sam Donahue & His Orchestra 01:14 Amazon
2 Sam Donahue & His Orchestra 02:50 Amazon
3 Sam Donahue & His Orchestra 03:27 Amazon
4
Sam Donahue & His Orchestra 02:56 Amazon
5 Sam Donahue & His Orchestra 02:51 Amazon
6 Sam Donahue & His Orchestra 02:52 Amazon
7 Sam Donahue & His Orchestra 03:23 Amazon
8 Sam Donahue & His Orchestra 03:28 Amazon
9 Sam Donahue & His Orchestra 02:56 Amazon
10 Sam Donahue & His Orchestra 02:58 Amazon
11 Sam Donahue & His Orchestra 03:13 Amazon
12 Sam Donahue & His Orchestra 02:03 Amazon
13 Sam Donahue & His Orchestra 03:09 Amazon
14 Sam Donahue & His Orchestra 02:22 Amazon
15 Sam Donahue & His Orchestra 02:58 Amazon
16 Sam Donahue & His Orchestra 03:20 Amazon
17 Sam Donahue & His Orchestra 02:58 Amazon
18 Sam Donahue & His Orchestra 02:47 Amazon
19 Sam Donahue & His Orchestra 02:52 Amazon
20 Sam Donahue & His Orchestra 01:10 Amazon
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