Various Artists

Thesaurus of Classic Jazz

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In the early '60s, Columbia started digging into its vaults and coming out with box sets of valuable music from the 1920s. This four-LP set has 13 selections from Miff Mole's Molers, a dozen by The Charleston Chasers, eight apiece from the Redheads and The Arkansas Travellers, two by The Dorsey Brothers, three from Frankie Trumbauer, one apiece from The Goofus Five and Joe Venuti and four featuring Eddie Lang's Orchestra. Overall this superior collection gives one a large sampling of the White small groups of the era with plenty of solos from cornetists Red Nichols and (on three songs) Bix Beiderbecke, trombonists Tommy Dorsey and Miff Mole, Jimmy Dorsey on clarinet and alto and clarinetist Pee Wee Russell among others. The accompanying booklet is quite informative too. Recommended but this will be a hard set to find.