Jimmy Dorsey

"Dorseyland" Dance Parade

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In 1949, with the fortunes of the big bands in decline, Jimmy Dorsey carved out a seven-piece unit from his orchestra, consisting of himself on clarinet and alto saxophone, Charlie Teagarden on trumpet and vocals, Cutty Cutshall on trombone, Frank Mayne on tenor saxophone, Dick Carey on piano, Carl Kress on guitar, Bill Lolatte on bass, and Ray Bauduc on drums, with Claire Hogan contributing occasional vocals, and played old-time Dixieland music with what he called "Jimmy Dorsey & His Original 'Dorseyland' Jazz Band." The group held sessions for Columbia Records on three successive days in November, the first fruits of which were a single combining the 1917 song "Johnson Rag" with the 1924 Eddie Cantor signature tune "Charley, My Boy." The single gave Dorsey his first chart entry in two years and was quickly followed by the album Dixie by Dorsey, also a chart hit. "Dorseyland" Dance Parade was that album's follow-up, another eight-song collection featuring both sides of the hit single and its charting successor, Dorsey's cover of the major novelty hit "Rag Mop." That contemporary song was really the odd man out in a collection of vintage material like "That's a Plenty," rendered in traditional Dixieland fashion with wailing horns and hot solos all around. Dorsey, who had played in this style all the way back in the 1920s with the California Ramblers, was clearly in his element, and so were his cohorts. The new Dixieland fad proved to be a passing one, and Dorsey was soon struggling again, but these are exciting performances in much better fidelity than was available 30 years earlier.

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