Various Artists

Shuffle Your Feet

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This is one of the better releases of the 25 or so LPs of early jazz and dance-band recordings put out by Harrison in the mid-to-late '70s. The Georgia Cotton Pickers, a talented if no-name unit from 1930, perform four numbers before King Carter's Royal Orchestra (a predecessor of Mills Blue Rhythm Orchestra) is heard on three songs including the earliest recording of Benny Carter's "Blues in My Heart," After a number by Wooding's Grand Central Red Caps, Lew Leslie's Blackbirds Orchestra plays a couple of current show tunes and then Eubie Blake's 1931 big band (with vocals by Dick Robertson) finishes off the album with four songs of their own. A well-rounded set that early jazz collectors will find quite enjoyable.