Jimmy Dorsey

The Early Years

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Jimmy Dorsey was best known during the swing era for leading a rather commercial big band dominated by vocals, so a jazz-oriented retrospective such as this LP was quite welcome. The 16 performances (ten of which are instrumentals) includes many rarities such as "Serenade to Nobody in Particular," "Stop! and Reconsider," "Bar Babble" and "Mutiny in the Brass Section." These selections show that, despite its public image, the older Dorsey's orchestra could be a strong jazz band when called upon.