Harry James

The Uncollected Harry James & His Orchestra, Vol. 3 (1948-1949)

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Of the six Harry James LPs released by Hindsight in their very interesting series of radio performances, this volume is the most unusual. During the 1948-49 era the trumpeter/leader and his band were somewhat influenced by bebop (even when playing swing standards) and they had their own sound before slipping back into nostalgia in the 1950s. As usual the main soloists (along with James) are trombonist Ziggy Elmer, altoist Willie Smith and tenor-saxophonist Corky Corcoran along with clarinetist Eddie Rosa and pianist Bruce MacDonald. With modern arrangements provided by Neal Hefti, Johnny Richards and Frank Devenport, the Harry James Orchestra sounds in peak form throughout this highly recommended set.