Teddy Hill & His Orchestra

Dance with His NBC Orchestra

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It would not be an exaggeration to call this French CD "definitive" of Teddy Hill's band, since it includes all 26 of his orchestra's recordings. Hill led an excellent big band during 1935-1937 that, although overshadowed by its competitors, featured such major soloists as trumpeters Roy Eldridge, Frankie Newton, and Dizzy Gillespie (heard on his very first recording date); trombonist Dicky Wells; and tenorman Chu Berry, among others. Although trumpeter Bill Dillard takes nine unfortunate ballad vocals, the other selections are excellent examples of no-nonsense swing. Highlights include "Lookie, Lookie, Lookie, Here Comes Cookie," "Uptown Rhapsody," "At the Rug Cutter's Ball," "China Boy," and "King Porter Stomp." A must for swing collectors.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Teddy Hill
3:00
2
feat: Teddy Hill
2:46
3
feat: Teddy Hill
2:47
4
feat: Teddy Hill
3:01
5
feat: Teddy Hill
2:37
6
feat: Teddy Hill
2:36
7
feat: Teddy Hill
2:52
8
feat: Teddy Hill
2:40
9
feat: Teddy Hill
2:29
10
feat: Teddy Hill
3:30
11
feat: Teddy Hill
2:23
12
feat: Teddy Hill
3:21
13
feat: Teddy Hill
2:04
14
feat: Teddy Hill
2:15
15
feat: Teddy Hill
3:02
16
feat: Teddy Hill
2:33
17
feat: Teddy Hill
2:29
18
feat: Teddy Hill
2:26
19
feat: Teddy Hill
2:28
20
feat: Teddy Hill
2:09
21
feat: Teddy Hill
2:33
22
feat: Teddy Hill
2:47
23
feat: Teddy Hill
2:37
24
feat: Teddy Hill
2:38
25
feat: Teddy Hill
3:30
26
feat: Teddy Hill
2:39
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