Mills Blue Rhythm Band

Rhythm Spasm

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The third Hep LP to reissue all of the Mills Blue Rhythm Band's 1931-33 recordings found the orchestra (now being fronted by Baron Lee) growing in strength. Altoist Charlie Holmes, tenor saxophonist Joe Garland, and pianist Edgar Hayes were the strongest individual players; the rhythm section (which includes bassist Hayes Alvis and drummer O'Neil Spencer) swung; and the band was able to fare fairly well against the other orchestras of the pre-swing period. Among the better selections on this 16-song album (five of which have decent vocals by Billy Banks) are "Rhythm Spasm," "White Lightning," "Ridin' In Rhythm" and "Harlem After Midnight." This series has been superseded by Classics' comprehensive Mills Blue Rhythm Band CD program.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: C. Holmes
3:03
2
feat: C. Holmes
3:05
3
feat: C. Holmes
2:44
4
feat: C. Holmes
3:06
5
feat: C. Holmes
2:51
6
feat: C. Holmes
2:55
7
feat: C. Holmes
3:04
8
feat: C. Holmes
3:05
9
feat: C. Holmes
2:50
10
feat: C. Holmes
3:11
11
feat: C. Holmes
3:01
12
feat: C. Holmes
2:47
13
feat: C. Holmes
3:00
14
feat: C. Holmes
2:57
15
feat: C. Holmes
3:17
16
feat: C. Holmes
3:15
17
feat: C. Holmes
3:22
18
feat: C. Holmes
3:05
19
feat: C. Holmes
3:07
20
feat: C. Holmes
2:59
21
feat: C. Holmes
2:48
22
feat: C. Holmes
3:10
23
feat: C. Holmes
3:31
24
feat: C. Holmes
3:18
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