Trombonist Jack Teagarden signed a five-year contract with Paul Whiteman in December 1933 that must have seemed a good deal at the time, allowing him to work steadily as a sideman with Whiteman's orchestra during the worst years of the Depression. But after a time, his ties to Whiteman became a hindrance, forcing him to miss opportunities to lead his own big band until 1939. Whiteman did feature Mr. T. fairly often, fortunately, as this LP (a collection of numbers taken from radio broadcasts) shows. Teagarden is heard with the big band and with small groups taken from the orchestra (the Three T's and the Swing Wing), both as a soloist and an occasional vocalist. Other musicians who pop up on some selections include tenor saxophonist Bud Freeman, trumpeter Charlie Teagarden, and C-melody saxophonist Frank Trumbauer, but Teagarden is the main star throughout this album. Highlights include a medley of "Jazz Me Blues" and "'S Wonderful," "Basin Street Blues," "Jeepers Creepers," and "Swingin' the St. Louis Blues."
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow