Frankie Trumbauer

Tram!, Vol. 3: Frank Trumbauer's Legacy to American Jazz

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Due to an excess of routine appearances by a vocal group called "the King's Jesters," this CD is not quite as essential to early jazz collectors as the first two in this series, but it is worth picking up. C-melody saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer finally received his due in TOM's series, which reissued not only all of his early sessions as a leader (other than the very familiar selections with cornetist Bix Beiderbecke), but his features with Paul Whiteman's Orchestra and other groups. Despite all of the vocals, Trumbauer has plenty of solo space on these cuts from 1931-32, plus five from 1934. Bing Crosby drops by for "Love Me Tonight" and "Some of These Days," a young Johnny Mercer is excellent on "Sizzling One-Step Medley," and the later tracks find trombonist-singer Jack Teagarden as Tram's co-star (including two versions of "China Boy").

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