Jimmy Mundy

Fiesta in Brass

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Jimmy Mundy was one of the top arrangers of the swing era, contributing music to the bands of Earl Hines, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Gene Krupa, and others. He led a short-lived big band in 1939 and, after serving in the military, made a second attempt in 1946. Mundy's later orchestra (based in Los Angeles) did not last long (only recording a handful of titles), but it was fortunately documented on the radio. This collector's LP is quite significant, for it features the impressive Mundy band performing 13 selections, including his theme, "Hello, Goodbye, Forget It," "Fiesta in Brass," "Airmail Special," "One O'Clock Boogie," "One O'Clock Rhythm," and "One O'Clock Jump." With such musicians as trumpeter Ray Lynn, guitarist Irving Ashby, altoist Willie Smith, and tenors Lucky Thompson and Babe Russin, this was a superior orchestra even if the band was formed too late (right when the swing era was collapsing). This valuable LP is well worth searching for.

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