Artie Shaw

With Strings

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By the end of 1945, Shaw was ready to leave the big-band business and become semi-retired musically. He recorded his fifth big band (which by this time no longer had trumpeter Roy Eldridge) and then broke it up. This Musicraft LP, the first of two, features Shaw with his modern swing band of 1945 (Ray Linn takes the trumpet solos) and then on some less significant dance sides from 1946. A young Mel Torme sings two numbers, his Mel-Tones romp on "I Got the Sun in the Morning" and the clarinetist himself is in generally good form, but one senses by the later sessions that his heart was not always in the music anymore.