Casa Loma Orchestra

Swing Tonic

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This LP has a sampling of Glen Gray's Casa Loma Orchestra's recordings from 1938-1940, 1943, and 1946. Most of the selections were cut in the studios, although a few (most notably the pair from 1943) are probably taken from radio airchecks. The Casa Loma Orchestra was most significant in the early '30s, becoming an influence on the Benny Goodman big band. However, by the late '30s, the orchestra had itself become influenced by Goodman and was becoming a bit lost in the crowd. This album has some of the better instrumentals from the Casa Loma's later period (along with two Kenny Sargent ballad vocals), highlighted by such numbers as "Just an Old Manuscript," "Rock Island Flag Stomp," "Hoboken Bucket," "Riverboat Shuffle," and "Boneyard Shuffle." It is not obvious who the soloists are (the complete personnel is listed, but there are no liner notes); however, such players as trumpeters Sonny Dunham and Corky Cornelius, trombonist Pee Wee Hunt, and clarinetist Clarence Hutchenrider are heard in spots.

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