Harry James

Jazz Session

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Harry James still led a fine big band throughout the 1950s. No longer using a string section or vocalists, James' orchestra swung in a manner strongly influenced by Count Basie. This obscure LP not only features the trumpeter/leader but altoist Willie Smith, clarinetist Herb Lorden (showcased on "Concerto for Clarinet"), tenorman Pat Chartrand and valve trombonist Juan Tizol. None of the dozen songs are remakes of earlier James hits, and the playing (particularly on "Tenderly," "Stealin' Apples" and "Perdido") is excellent.