Jean Goldkette

Dance Hits of the '20s in Stereo

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Jean Goldkette, whose recording career as a bandleader came to an end in 1929 when he was only 30, was still just 60 when he led his only LP. For this "reunion" date, the only former sideman in the big band is drummer Chauncey Morehouse, but many of the songs (arranged by Sy Oliver) recapture the sound of the legendary orchestra. Best are "Dinah" and "My Pretty Girl," which were transcribed off of the original records. Some of the other tunes (a few of which feature singer Lou Hurst with Debbie and the Diplomats) are a bit too modern in spots, but generally avoid camp or parody in favor of solid swing. An interesting LP which is now a collectors' item.