San Francisco Starlight Orchestra

Doin' the Racoon

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John Howard's San Francisco Starlight Orchestra is a first-class dance band that performs a variety of material from the 1920s throughout its Stomp Off CD. The soloists are decent and musical if not at all distinctive. The diverse repertoire (ranging from "There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder" and Duke Ellington's "Awful Sad" to such obscurities as "In Old California with You" and "Sax-O-Phun") is the chief reason to acquire this cheerful music which mixes together jazz-oriented tracks with period novelties.