Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra

1934-1935

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The second of Classics' reissuance of all the master takes of Jimmie Lunceford's recordings finds the orchestra gaining in popularity and in power. Among the highlights (most of the songs were arranged by Sy Oliver or Ed Wilcox) are "Since My Beat Gal Turned Me Down," "Rhythm Is Our Business," "Shake Your Head," "Sleepy-Time Gal," "Four or Five Times" and "Swanee River." The high musicianship and clean ensembles (along with the showmanship) are most impressive and the concise solos (particularly from altoist Willie Smith, tenor saxophonist Joe Thomas and trumpeter Sy Oliver) are enjoyable and fit in logically as part of the arrangements.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:12
2 3:14
3 3:16
4 3:29
5 3:05
6 3:13
7 3:13
8 2:46
9 3:11
10 3:17
11 3:22
12 3:09
13 3:11
14 3:06
15 3:09
16 2:47
17 3:04
18 3:11
19 2:41
20 3:08
21 2:54
22 3:04
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