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RCA Victor 80th Anniversary, Vol. 2: 1930-1939

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The second of eight CDs to trace the label's long association with jazz, this sampling of RCA's jazz recordings of the 1930s ranges from pre-swing and major big-band hits to small-group jams. Along with such familiar pieces as "Minnie the Moocher," "I Can't Get Started," "Don't Be That Way," "Begin the Beguine," "Cherokee," "In the Mood" and "Body and Soul" are items from Fletcher Henderson ("Sugarfoot Stomp"), Mills Blue Rhythm Band, Bennie Moten, Louis Armstrong ("St. Louis Blues"), Jimmie Lunceford, Gene Krupa, Teddy Hill, Tommy Ladnier and Wingy Manone. A highlight is a version of "Honeysuckle Rose" by an all-star quintet that includes Bunny Berigan, Tommy Dorsey and Fats Waller. One of the better of RCA's eight discs put out in 1997 to celebrate the 80th year of jazz on record.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:26
2 3:05
3 3:06
4 3:09
5 2:44
6 2:39
7 3:33
8 2:43
9 2:46
10 2:56
11 3:04
12 3:05
13 2:20
14 4:46
15 3:18
16 3:13
17 3:08
18 3:37
19 2:16
20 3:19
21 3:34
22 2:13
23 3:02
24 3:17
25 3:14
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