Sunny Side Up features the San Francisco Starlight Orchestra, a 14-piece band with six horns and four violins, performing optimistic and cheerful dance numbers from the 1920s and early '30s. Some of the arrangements are direct transcriptions of records from the 1920s while others are adaptations in the style. Only around four or five of the 22 selections on this CD would be considered standards, so this set is filled with superior obscurities. There are some fine solos along the way, but the emphasis is on the clean and swinging ensembles, with Janine Marie contributing period vocals on seven numbers while Bob Schulz (the best known of the sidemen), Ray Landsberg, and Ed Rosenback take care of the male vocalizing. Overall, Sunny Side Up is full of charm and is easily recommended to nostalgic fans of 1920s music.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow