Harry James

Harry James at the Hollywood Palladium

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This album, which wsa apparently recorded live -- at least, it doesn't have too much of the obvious fakery of the period -- represents Harry James in his glory in a dance setting, which doesn't mean it's bad listening at all. It's smooth jazz, very much on the pop side of the bygone swing era, with elements of the Dixieland sound that James embraced during the boomlet for that genre. The Harry James band during this period included Buddy Rich in its ranks, who turns in a superb drum solo on "Sugar Foot Stomp," and also sings a slow rendition of "Ain't She Sweet." Coupled with the superb sound, it's all ample reason for fans of James, Rich, or big-band jazz in general to own this record.