This CD puts the emphasis on the Jimmy Dorsey
orchestra's jazz sides rather than the vocal best-sellers. Popular singer Helen O'Connell
does make three appearances (including the hit "Tangerine"), but most of these selections are instrumentals, with Dorsey
's alto and clarinet in outstanding form (it was easy to forget how talented an instrumentalist he was during these commercial years). Most of the other fine soloists are lesser names, although they include future bandleaders Ray McKinley
(on drums) and pianist Freddie Slack
. Highlights are "Parade of the Milk Bottle Caps," "I Got Rhythm," "John Silver," "Ducks in Upper Sandusky," "Contrasts" (Dorsey
's theme), and "King Porter Stomp," although there isn't a weak track on this release. Recommended -- this is Dorsey
's definitive set.