Various Artists

Swing Street, Vol. 1

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This is the first of three LPs put out by the Swedish label Tax that features groups that appeared regularly on New York's famed 52nd Street in the 1930s. Tenor-saxophonist Gene Sedric (on leave from Fats Waller's band) leads his Honey Bears, a Wallerish octet with singer Myra Johnson. In addition there are four selections apiece from The Three Peppers (an obscure unit which has vocals from Sally Gooding), clarinetist Joe Marsala's Chicagoans (a superior outfit with trumpeter Marty Marsala and drummer Buddy Rich at the beginning of his career) and pianist Billy Kyle's Swing Club Band (which directly preceded John Kirby's Sextet). Most of these performances are still quite rare, making this release (and the following two volumes) well worth picking up.