Jimmie Lunceford

Lunceford Special: 1939-1940

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This marvelous collection gathers Lunceford's great Vocalion-Okeh and Columbia sides from 1939 and 1940 (the early war years), with meticulous track-by-track annotation and a concise historical essay by Bob Waldman. The infectious vocal performances of trombonist James "Trummy" Young ("Tain't What You Do," "Ain't She Sweet," "The Lonesome Road," "I Want the Waiter (With the Water)") are classic, as are the airtight arrangements of Sy Oliver, Eddie Durham, Will Hudson, and Billy Moore, Jr. Known for its over-the-top irreverence, versatility, and top-notch musicianship, the Lunceford band was at its peak on ageless tracks like "Le Jazz Hot," "Lunceford Special," "White Heat," "What's Your Story, Morning Glory," "Monotony in Four Flats," and a two-part "Dinah" (recorded in 1940, released in 1941, vocalist uncredited). There's a bit of residual source noise on some tracks, but it's minimal.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:04 Amazon
2 02:41 Amazon
3 02:52 Amazon
4 02:32 Amazon
5 02:50 Amazon
6 02:51 Amazon
7 02:54 Amazon
8 02:28 Amazon
9 02:21 Amazon
10 02:43 Amazon
11 02:44 Amazon
12 02:37 Amazon
13 02:53 Amazon
14 02:57 Amazon
15 02:52 Amazon
16 02:35 Amazon
17 02:54 Amazon
18 03:10 Amazon
19 02:16 Amazon
20 02:13 Amazon
21 02:53 Amazon
22 02:21 Amazon
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