Various Artists

Pre-Bop

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These often-reissued performances (originally cut for Bob Thiele's Signature label) are worth acquiring in one form or another. This LP has three unrelated sessions: a Fats Waller tribute date by pianist Earl Hines's trio (with guitarist Al Casey and bassist Oscar Pettiford), four numbers from an all-star swing group headed by trumpeter Shorty Sherock and (most memorably) a set in which the eccentric vocalist Leo Watson interacts with trombonist Vic Dickenson; their version of "Jingle Bells" is a classic of its kind.