Of all of Artie Shaw's orchestras (not counting his Army band, he had six significant ones), his second was by far the most popular. During 1938-39, Shaw's ensemble was way ahead of the competition, dethroning Benny Goodman's orchestra and not fully surpassed by Glenn Miller until the clarinetist's sudden decision to flee to Mexico to escape the pressure. Traffic Jam contains lively radio performances from this era with many fine moments from Tony Pastor, tenor saxophonist Georgie Auld, singer Helen Forrest, a young but powerful Buddy Rich and the leader/clarinetist. An excellent sampling of Artie Shaw's most famous band.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow