Jack Jenney

Stardust

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Jack Jenney had a beautiful tone and was one of the most technically skilled trombonists active during the swing era. Unfortunately, he did not have much luck as a bandleader, recording 18 selections with his orchestra during 1938-40 before going bankrupt. All of the numbers are on this CD, plus three alternate takes and three songs made during a small-group date as a sideman with drummer Johnny Williams (a session which also includes trumpeter Charlie Spivak and tenor saxophonist Babe Russin). Jenney is best known for his eight-bar solo on Artie Shaw's famous version of "Stardust," but more notable is his own full-length feature on "Stardust" with his big band (two versions are on this CD), in which his technique is fully displayed. Jenney's orchestra did not have any big names -- best known are pianist Arnold Ross and clarinetist Peanuts Hucko, although drummer Gene Krupa sat in during the first session -- and its recordings alternated between well-played but anonymous swing and some typical vocal ballad features. But this perfectly realized reissue CD is easily recommended to swing collectors wanting to learn about the now-obscure trombone great.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:28 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:34 SpotifyAmazon
3 2:27 SpotifyAmazon
4 2:42 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:48 SpotifyAmazon
6 3:04 SpotifyAmazon
7 3:30 SpotifyAmazon
8 3:12 SpotifyAmazon
9 3:20 SpotifyAmazon
10 3:30 SpotifyAmazon
11 2:41 SpotifyAmazon
12 3:13 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:51 SpotifyAmazon
14 3:02 SpotifyAmazon
15 3:08
16 2:43
17 3:27 SpotifyAmazon
18
3:00 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:44 SpotifyAmazon
20 2:52 SpotifyAmazon
21 2:53 SpotifyAmazon
22 2:43 SpotifyAmazon
23 3:23 SpotifyAmazon
24 2:57 SpotifyAmazon
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