Various Artists

Jazzin' Around

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In their 25 or so LPs that were released during the mid-to-late '70s, Harrison specialized in making available rare early jazz performances from the 1925-35 period, mostly by completely obscure orchestras. On this album some bigger names appear since there are four selections from Blanche Calloway's Orchestra of 1934-35, three by Sam Wooding's Chocolate Kiddies in 1929 and a pair from Freddy Taylor's French band of 1935. In addition Billy Banks is heard on his first two vocals (backed by an unidentified perssonel) and there are numbers from Nick Nichols and Eddie Deas's Boston Brownies. Despite a large number of dated vocals, the hot dance music is quite enjoyable and easiy recommended to collectors of early jazz who already own the more significant recordings of the period.