Harry James

The Uncollected Harry James & His Orchestra, Vol. 5 (1943-1953)

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The fifth of six LPs of radio performances by Harry James's Orchestra features his big band during three different periods. The first eight numbers (including such songs as "If I Had You," "What Is This Thing Called Love" and "Blue Skies") is from the 1943-46 era when James was at the height of his popularity. Helen Forrest and Buddy Di Vito have a vocal apiece and there are individual features for Willie Smith and Corky Corcoran. There are also seven selections from 1948-49 that are sometimes bop-oriented; singers Gilda Macon and guest Johnny Mercer ("Sugar Blues") are heard on one tune apiece. This fine LP wraps up with a 1953 rendition of "Don't Get Around Much Anymore." All six of the albums in the series are easily recommended to swing collectors.