Eddie Condon

Gershwin Program

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Some of the music on this long out-of-print LP has been reissued on CD but not all of it has reappeared yet. There is a song apiece featuring pianists Joe Sullivan and Jess Stacy along with two numbers ("Embraceable You" and "But Not for Me") from a group headed by cornetist Bobby Hackett but the bulk of the performances of George Gershwin compositions are by Eddie Condon's all-star groups of 1944-45. Trombonist/vocalist Jack Teagarden is showcased on "Somebody Loves Me" and there are two vocals by Lee Wiley; other stars include trumpeters Billy Butterfield, Max Kaminsky and Yank Lawson, trombonist Lou McGarity, clarinetists Pee Wee Russell, Joe Dixon and Edmond Hall and the vastly underrated baritonist Ernie Caceres. This is classic music that deserves to be reissued on CD complete and in chronological order.