Various Artists

Twin Cities Shuffle

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The collector's label Arcadia in the early '80s put out a series of very interesting LPs featuring lesser-known jazz-oriented bands from the 1920s and early '30s that were centered in cities outside of New York and Chicago. This particular album has such forgotten groups from Minnesota as Eddie Carlew's Baby Aristocrats Orchestra, Tom Gates, Walter Anderson's Golden Pheasant Hoodlums, George Osborn, Arnold Frank and his Rogers' Cafe Orchestra, the Marigold Entertainers, Wally Erickson's Coliseum Orchestra and the best one, the group led by Slatz Randall (their version of "Skirts" is a classic). Much of the music is closer to hot dance music than to jazz but the rare recordings will be quite enjoyable for fans of the era.