Harry James / Willie Smith

Snooty Fruity

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Snooty Fruity Review

by Scott Yanow

Although altoist Willie Smith is strangely enough given top billing, all 18 selections in this CD actually feature the great swing trumpeter Harry James and his popular bands (of which Smith was a key sideman). Many of James' most exciting jazz performances are on this set, including the extended "Tuxedo Junction," "Moten Swing," the "New Two O' Clock Jump," "The Great Lie," and "Stompin' at the Savoy." This essential CD is especially recommended to detractors who think that Harry James was overrated.

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