Artie Shaw

The Early Artie Shaw, Vol. 2

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The second of five LP's in this series from the collector's LP label Ajazz, this set has 14 recordings from Artie Shaw's commercially unsuccessful first orchestra, a unit quite notable for adding a string section to a small swing band instrumentation. Best are the instrumentals, especially two numbers ("Streamline" and "Sweet Lorraine") in which the clarinetist is the only horn. This valuable music has since been reissued on CD.