This Living Era compilation focuses on Tommy Dorsey's output from 1935 to 1942, the bandleader's most commercially successful period. Though he is sometimes overlooked in favor of Benny Goodman or Glenn Miller, Dorsey was one of the most popular bandleaders of the time, and his fine trombone playing, bandleading skills, and mixture of standards, hot swing, and commercially-geared pop still stand the test of time.
STOP, LOOK & LISTEN contains 23 tracks that represent the range of Dorsey's orchestra. Though he was often associated with vocalists (Frank Sinatra, most notably), this set contains almost all instrumentals, with a handful of performances by singer Edythe Wright being the only exception. Dance numbers and sweet ballads are given equal footing, and there is plenty of powerful soloing from the orchestra's members. Meticulous remastering lends crisp, precise detail to these vintage recordings.