Casa Loma Orchestra

Jazz Museum, Vol. 4

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This imported LP from Germany has a fine cross-section of some of the better jazz performances of the Casa Loma Orchestra, with all but two songs dating from 1937-41. Kenny Sargent's ballad vocals and most of the big band's hits (other than "No Name Jive" and their second version of "Casa Loma Stomp") are bypassed in favor of hard-swinging obscurities. During this era, such stars as trumpeter Sonny Dunham (who is on the 1937-39 numbers), trombonist Pee Wee Hunt and clarinetist Clarence Hutchenrider were strong assets. Among the highlights are "Chinatown My Chinatown," "Let 'Er Go," "Come and Get It" and "Rock Island Flag Stomp."