In the Beginning: 1936

Artie Shaw

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In the Beginning: 1936 Review

by Stephen Cook

After playing in a few bands in the late '20s and early '30s, clarinetist Artie Shaw formed the first of his several big bands in 1936. This initial group was unique, to say the least: Along with a core jazz band, Shaw also included a string section and a Dixieland-style contingent. In spite of the odd instrumentation, though, Shaw's first band cut many fine sides. This roundup on the Hep label brings together 24 of them, including such highlights as "Japanese Sandman," "Copenhagen," and "Sobbin' Blues." The band might not have been up to the standards of later Shaw groups, but still produced enough in the way of tight ensemble work and topnotch solos (tenor saxophonist Tony Pastor, drummer George Wettling, and pianist/arranger Joe Lipman deserve special mention). A disc best suited to Shaw devotees. First-timers will want to get their feet wet with one of the Bluebird compilations covering Shaw's prime 1938-1945 stretch.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Artie Shaw feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 02:40 Amazon
2 Artie Shaw feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 02:44 Amazon
3 Artie Shaw feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 02:54 Amazon
4 Artie Shaw feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 02:55 Amazon
5 Artie Shaw feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 03:09 Amazon
6 Artie Shaw feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 03:03 Amazon
7 Artie Shaw feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 03:15 Amazon
8 Artie Shaw feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 03:01 Amazon
9 Artie Shaw feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 03:22 Amazon
10 Artie Shaw feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 02:53 Amazon
11 Artie Shaw feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 02:45 Amazon
12 Artie Shaw feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 03:21 Amazon
13 Artie Shaw feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 02:43 Amazon
14 Artie Shaw feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 03:16 Amazon
15 Artie Shaw feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 02:31 Amazon
16 Artie Shaw feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 02:53 Amazon
17 Artie Shaw feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 02:43 Amazon
18 Artie Shaw feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 02:53 Amazon
19 Artie Shaw feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 02:49 Amazon
20 Artie Shaw feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 02:40 Amazon
21 Artie Shaw feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 03:15 Amazon
22 Artie Shaw feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 02:54 Amazon
23 Artie Shaw feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 02:47 Amazon
24 Artie Shaw feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 02:32 Amazon
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