Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra

Instrumentals Never Before on Record

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The exact recording dates (other than ambiguously stating "1941-1943") are not given on this out-of-print LP. "Yesterdays," a rare feature for the ill-fated trumpeter Freddie Webster, seems to be the earliest selection while the other numbers (performed after alto star Willie Smith had left Jimmie Lunceford's Orchestra to join Charlie Spivak and later Harry James) are probably from 1943. Taken from radio broadcasts, the material on the album is somewhat valuable for many of these songs were not recorded commercially by Lunceford and this version of his band is lesser-known. The leader even makes a rare musical appearance on "Holiday for Strings," playing flute. Tenor saxophonist Joe Thomas was still aboard and the other main soloists are trombonist Fernando Arbello, clarinetist Omer Simeon and altoist Kurt Bradford (who is featured on "Alone Together").