Ozzie Nelson

The Nelson Touch: 25 Band Hits 1931-1941

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Ozzie Nelson is of course best-known for his acting on the television series Ozzie and Harriet (which earlier had been featured on radio). Few remember that he led an excellent swing band in the '30s and early '40s. Nelson not only played tenor (mostly sticking to section work), but provided many of the swinging arrangements. Twenty-five of the better performances are on this CD, programmed in chronological order but unfortunately not giving information on the personnel. Most prominent among the soloists is baritonist Charlie Buebeck, with some fine spots for trumpeter Bo Ashford and violinist Sid Brokaw, and occasional vocals by Nelson and his wife, Harriet Hillard. Among the highlights are "Yes Suh," "Rigamarole," "Swamp Fire," "Tiger Rag," the humorous "Wave-a-Stick Blues," "Central Avenue Shuffle," and a novelty titled "I'm Looking for a Guy Who Plays Alto and Baritone and Doubles on a Clarinet and Wears a Size 37 Suit." Well worth exploring by swing collectors.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:55
2 3:06
3 2:35
4 3:04
5 3:01
6 2:43
7 2:43
8 3:11
9 2:43
10 3:20
11 2:52
12 2:53
13 2:21
14 3:00
15 2:36
16 3:20
17 2:47
18
2:20
19 3:14
20 3:16
21 2:18
22 2:46
23 2:42
24 3:26
25 2:55
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