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Harry James - 1937-1939 (1996) [Big Band, Swing]; FLAC (tracks+.cue)

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Harry James - 1937-1939 (1996) [Big Band, Swing]; FLAC (tracks+.cue)

Unread postby Mike1985 » 25 Mar 2021, 16:40

Artist: Harry James
Album: 1937-1939
Genre: Big Band, Swing
Label: Classics
Released: 1996
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
  1. Jubilee (2:51)
  2. When We're Alone (2:40)
  3. (I Can Dream) Can't I? (3:02)
  4. Life Goes to a Party (2:57)
  5. Texas Chatter (2:56)
  6. Song of the Wanderer (3:06)
  7. It's the Dreamer in Me (2:58)
  8. One O'Clock Jump (3:00)
  9. Out of Nowhere (2:54)
  10. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (3:02)
  11. Lullaby in Rhythm (2:44)
  12. Little White Lies (2:21)
  13. Boo Woo (3:02)
  14. Woo Woo (3:16)
  15. Home James (2:38)
  16. Jesse (2:46)
  17. Ciribiribin (2:33)
  18. Sweet Georgia Brown (2:37)
  19. Blame It on My Last Affair (3:02)
  20. Love's a Necessary Thing (2:54)
  21. 'Tain't What You Do (2:49)
  22. Two O'Clock Jump (3:16)


Trumpeter Harry James was very consistent in his musical tastes throughout his career. This CD, which has the first 22 selections that James recorded as a leader, starts off with eight numbers in which the trumpeter (still a Benny Goodman sideman at the time) uses many of Count Basie's top sidemen (including trombonist-arranger Eddie Durham, tenor saxophonist Herschel Evans and singer Helen Humes) for swinging performances highlighted by "Life Goes to a Party" and "One O'Clock Jump"; James' bands (particularly from the 1950s on) would often sound like a duplicate of Basie's. In addition, this CD has four tunes from 1938 in which James mostly uses Goodman players (plus baritonist Harry Carney), and he is also heard on the first six numbers by his big band (including "Two O'Clock Jump" and his earliest recording of his theme "Ciribiribin"). However, the hottest performances are four numbers in which James is backed by a boogie-woogie trio featuring either Pete Johnson or Albert Ammons on piano. This enjoyable CD is full of many examples of James' hot swing trumpet and is easily recommended to swing fans.
Review by Scott Yanow

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