Harry's Choice

Harry James

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Harry's Choice Review

by Scott Yanow

By 1958, Harry James was coasting. For this out-of-print Capitol LP, the trumpeter performs six veteran standards and two fairly basic Ernie Wilkins compositions. James is the main soloist although there are spots for altoist Willie Smith, trombonist Ray Sims and pianist Jack Perciful. Not much surprising happens on tunes such as "Blues for Sale," "Moten Swing" and "The New Two O'Clock Jump" but swing fans may want to pick this one up if they run across it.