Various Artists

The Territory Bands [Classic Jazz Masters]

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The Swedish Classic Jazz Masters label has through the years reissued a great deal of vintage jazz on their LPs. This album has important titles from Zack Whyte's Chocolate Beau Brummels, Syd Valentine's Patent Leather Kids, Ted Smith's Rhythm Aces, the Dixie Seranaders, Red Perkins's Dixie Ramblers and Alphonse Trent. Although the leaders of these territory bands (mostly pre-swing jazz orchestras) are not too famous, the sidemen include such future stars as trumpeter Sy Oliver, Al Sears on tenor, pianist Herman Chittison, trumpeter Peanuts Holland and violinist Stuff Smith. The highly enjoyable performances on this particular LP will be hard to find though.