Various Artists

Territory Bands: What Kind of Rhythm Is That

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Subtitled "Territory Bands 1927-31," this superior CD features the complete output of some rather significant bands of the 1920s. George E. Lee's Novelty Singing Orchestra is heard on six numbers (including "Down Home Syncopated Blues," "If I Could Be With You," and "St. James Infirmary"), Lee's sister, vocalist Julia Lee, is showcased on "He's Tall, Dark and Handsome" and "Won't You Come Over to My House," and the only two numbers by Walter Page's Blue Devils (with Jimmy Rushing making his recording debut on "Blue Devil Blues") are also here. In addition, there is the debut of Jimmie Lunceford's Orchestra (the 1927 Chickasaw Syncopators) and numbers by Bill Brown's Brownies, Maynard Baird's Southern Serenaders (including "Postage Stomp!"), Hunter's Serenaders (with singer Victoria Spivey), and Grant Moore's New Orleans Black Devils. This CD overflows with classic music that often gets left out of the jazz history books.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:43
2
3:27
3 3:10
4 2:49
5 2:50
6
3:17
7
3:22
8
3:01
9
2:55
10
3:28
11
2:46
12
3:06
13 3:20
14 3:39
15 3:00
16
2:46
17 3:03
18 2:57
19 2:47
20
2:42
21
2:40
22 3:07
23
3:21
24
3:25
25
2:44
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