Ziggy Elman

Zaggin' with Zig

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This collectors LP has some of trumpeter Ziggy Elman's best jazz recordings with his short-lived big band of 1947-52. The personnel is not given (other than the band's occasional vocalist Virginia Maxey) but Elman is generally the main star anyway. "Boppin' with Zig" (a successor to "Zaggin' with Zig" and "Samba with Zig") is quite interesting as Elman tries to adapt to a boppish arrangement worthy of Dizzy Gillespie's big band. Otherwise the music (which includes "I Found a New Baby," "Birth of the Blues," "Hup-Je-De-Bee" and "I'll Get By") is solid swing. Worth searching for by big-band fans.

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