Bob Crosby & His Orchestra

His Orchestra & Bob Cats: 1937-1939

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Released in 1996, this is a superb collection of vintage swing played by the Bob Crosby Orchestra and his scaled-down Dixieland group, the Bobcats. Crosby's players were well versed in both traditional jazz and pop music suitable for jitterbugging; the recordings assembled here paint a vivid group portrait of a swinging sodality of musicians who bent over backwards to please their listeners. The stars of this group as featured here include pianists Joe Sullivan ("Gin Mill Blues" and "Little Rock Getaway") and Bob Zurke ("Big Foot Jump"), string bassist and famously adept whistler Bob Haggart ("Dogtown Blues" and "Big Noise from Winnetka"), saxophonist Eddie Miller ("I Hear You Talking"), trumpeter Yank Lawson ("Five Point Blues"), and drummer Ray Bauduc ("The Big Crash from China"). This music was designed for partying, relaxing, and fooling around.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Bob Crosby
3:25
2
feat: Bob Crosby
3:15
3
feat: Bob Crosby
2:32
4
feat: Bob Crosby
2:40
5
feat: Bob Crosby
2:52
6
feat: Bob Crosby
3:04
7
feat: Bob Crosby
2:56
8
feat: Bob Crosby
4:13
9
feat: Bob Crosby
3:35
10
feat: Bob Crosby
2:56
11 3:18
12
feat: Bob Crosby
2:34
13
feat: Bob Crosby
2:44
14
feat: Bob Crosby
2:37
15
feat: Bob Crosby
3:03
16
feat: Bob Crosby
2:28
17
feat: Bob Crosby
2:36
18
feat: Bob Crosby
3:14
19
feat: Bob Crosby
3:09
20
feat: Bob Crosby
5:38
21
feat: Bob Crosby
2:57
22
feat: Bob Crosby
3:11
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