Chu Berry

Penguin Swing

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During 1937-1941, Chu Berry was the star soloist of the Cab Calloway Orchestra. One of the top tenor saxophonists of the time (ranking just below Lester Young, Ben Webster, and his main influence, Coleman Hawkins), Berry acted as the unofficial musical director of the orchestra. This European CD (which reissues an American LP) has 16 performances of Berry soloing with the Calloway big band, including six previously unreleased alternate takes and versions of "The Lone Ranger" and "Penguin Swing" that had never been put out before. The young Dizzy Gillespie is heard on a few solos including the "new" take of "Bye Bye Blues." Other highlights include "Bugle Blues," "Calling All Bars," "Cupid's Nightmare," and "Jonah Joins the Cab." A collector's item for swing fans.

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