Various Artists

Jazz Heritage: Swinging Small Bands (1937-1939)

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Two regular swing groups and a pair of pick-up bands are heard on four selections apiece on this LP, one of many released by MCA in the early '80s as part of their Jazz Heritage series. Violinist Stuff Smith's Onyx Club Band (featuring trumpeter Jonah Jones), trumpeter Hot Lips Page's septet, John Kirby's sextet (with trumpeter Charlie Shavers) and Leonard Feather's All Star Jam Band (which features cornetist Bobby Hackett, altoist Pete Brown, clarinetist Joe Marsala and Benny Carter on alto and trumpet) show the great diversity that existed during the swing era. Lots of exciting music.