The Alternative Takes series is of immense value to consumers of the "French Classics" CD series. These are alternate takes in chronological order of historic jazz (and some blues) with a strong representation of the swing era. The Alternative Takes, Vol. 2: 1926-1936
contains 22 Fletcher Henderson
tracks on a single disc including "Clarinet Marmalade," "Jackass Blues," "You Rascal, You," "King Porter Stomp," and multiple takes of "St. Louis Shuffle" and "Variety Stomp." While the disc is definitely directed toward collectors, anyone with an interest in this period of jazz will also enjoy it.