Jan Savitt

Rhapsody in Rhythm

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Rhapsody in Rhythm Review

by William Ruhlmann

Strictly speaking, this budget album should not be credited to Jan Savitt. It contains the second episode of a half-hour radio series called Rhapsody in Rhythm, broadcast June 23, 1946, on which Savitt & His Top Hatters were the featured orchestra, playing songs of their own and supporting guests the Golden Gate Quartet, Skitch Henderson, and Connie Haines. The Savitt band starts things off playing "Paradise" and closes with the same theme song, but their only feature on the program is a swing arrangement of Bach's "Fugue in G Minor." The harmonies of the Golden Gate Quartet are featured on "Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho," "Camptown Races," and "Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy"; pianist Henderson performs "Fascinatin' Rhythm," "Full Moon and Empty Arms" (accompanied by a string quartet drawn from the Savitt band), and "Liza"; Haines sings "I've Got the Sun in the Morning" from the recently opened Broadway musical Annie Get Your Gun and, accompanied by Henderson, "Come Rain or Come Shine"; and the whole cast joins in on "Basin St. Blues." It's a good, varied selection of music by some outstanding 1940s performers, but it isn't really a Jan Savitt album.

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