Masters of Regional Jazz, Vol. 3

Various Artists

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Masters of Regional Jazz, Vol. 3 Review

by Scott Yanow

Harrison's series of obscure and mostly unheard hot dance and jazz band recordings from the 1920s and '30s (which numbers around 25 LPs) includes three volumes in a miniseries of Regional Jazz recordings. Nine of the 16 recordings on this LP are by Boots And His Buddies, a spirited if sometimes out-of-tune San Antonio band; all of its music has since been reissued on CD. In addition there are five good numbers from The Original St. Louis Crackerjacks and a song apiece from Leon Rene's Orchestra and Williams's Purple Knights. The overall results are not too essential but collectors of the era's music who do not have The Boots sides elsewhere (and who can locate this hard-to-find album) may want to get the Harrison LP.