Universal Division Jazz
Jazz, Big Band, Swing, Sweet Bands

Album Review

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.
Scott Yanow, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Parade of the Milk Bottle Caps
  2. In a Sentimental Mood
  3. Stompin' at the Savoy
  4. I Got Rhythm
  5. I Can't Face the Music (Without Singing the Blues)
  6. Don't Be That Way
  7. I Cried for You
  8. John Silver
  9. The Darktown Strutters' Ball
  10. Dusk in Upper Sandusky
  11. All of Me
  12. Contrasts
  13. Dolemite
  14. Turn Left
  15. Turn Right
  16. When the Sun Comes Out
  17. Charleston Alley
  18. Tangerine
  19. Sorghum Switch
  20. King Porter Stomp
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