Various Artists

V Disc Stomp

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Between August 1941 and May 1948 the Army and Air Force radio service, with the help of George Simon, Tony Janak, and others, recorded and issued more than 900 unbreakable 12" V-Discs. Virtually every well-known jazz and pop star was included in this amazing series. "Unbreakable" is a key word as selections from these discs have been reissued many times by a variety of record companies, both large and small. The International Association of Jazz Record Collectors has issued an LP with 19 tracks of previously unissued or rarely heard V-Disc sessions from this period. They run the gamut from the boogie-woogie piano of Meade Lux Lewis to the modernistic (for those times) Boyd Raeburn orchestra with Harry James, Duke Ellington, Art Tatum, Bob Haggart, and other well known jazz players in between. One track features 17-year old Andre Previn showing early talent which would eventually mature to make him a presence in both the world of jazz and classical music. "Sioux City Sue" is given a working over by a revived and reconstructed Original Dixieland Band. An eclectic set of performances to be sure. Despite the age of these recordings, the sound is more than passable due to the mastering wizardry of Jack Towers. Although hard to get, for those interested in the V-Discs program, this album is a must have if you can locate a copy.

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