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Harrison, in their 25 or so LPs, specialized in putting together compiliations of obscure material from the 1920s and '30s. This particular album has some bigger names than usual including cornetist Jimmy McPartland, trombonists Jack Teagarden (heard soloing on trumpet on "It's So Good") and Tommy Dorsey, tenorman Bud Freeman and clarinetists Pee Wee Russell and Benny Goodman; all of those players are heard with The Whoopee Makers in 1929. In addition there are a pair of early Hal Kemp jazz sides and performances by Van and His Hotel Half Moon Orchestra, the New Yorkers, Ben Bernie, Bert Lown and Henny Hendrickson's Louisville Sereanders. These hot dance band performances are easily recommended to specialists of 1920s jazz although more general listeners will want to get the more famous early recordings by Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and Fletcher Henderson first.