During 1919-42, Ben Selvin led more sessions than anyone else, resulting in around 5,000 titles. His busiest period was probably the 1929-33 Depression years, during which he contracted a series of melodic dance band records that featured songs rather than distinctive soloists. Clarinetist Benny Goodman was a regular, if anonymous, member in Selvin's orchestras, as were (to a lesser degree) trombonist Tommy Dorsey and altoist/clarinetist Jimmy Dorsey. This CD reissue from the late 1990s has some of the highlights from Selvin's huge output of 1931-32 (one number is from 1930) with OK vocals from Dick Robertson, Paul Small, Helen Rowland, Eddie Walters, Orlando Roberson (who would become a member of Claude Hopkins' Orchestra), the Wallace Trio, Jack Miller, the Rollickers and even (on "You Can Make My Life a Bed of Roses") Kate Smith. The jazz content is mostly fairly light on these dance band numbers, usually a half-chorus after the vocal, but the ensembles are clean and (for the period) swinging.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow