Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra

There are two million Jimmy Dorsey compilations out there, but no-one has so far produced a comprehensive, high-quality boxed set of his best work, neither on LP or CD. Ajax has issued the complete recordings on a series of 26(!) LPs, but they are so poor that they are almost unlistenable. And that's a shame, because there are still good, swinging Jimmy Dorsey tracks out there, waiting for a proper reissue.

The Bandstand LP that I feature here has a very interesting track listing, but unfortunately the sound quality is a bit disappointing. 'Mutiny in the Brass Section' from 1936 has some strong, repetitive riffing going on. 'Bar Babble' from 1941 seems to be the rarest recording on the LP. The same song is also featured in a 16 mm Soundie that was produced the following year.

Discographical data from The Jazz Discography by Tom Lord:

Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra: Toots Camarata, George Thow (tp) Bobby Byrne, Joe Yukl, Don Matteson (tb) Jimmy Dorsey, Dave Matthews, Fud Livingston (cl,as) Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt, Jack Stacey (ts) Bobby Van Eps (p) Roc Hillman (g) Slim Jim Taft (b) Ray McKinley (d)

Los Angeles, July 23, 1936
DLA-457-A    Mutiny in the Brass Section (tc arr)    De 1256

Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra: Nate Kazebier, Jimmy Campbell, Shorty Solomson (tp) Al Jordan, Sonny Lee, Phil Washburne (tb) Jimmy Dorsey (cl,as) Milt Yaner, Frank Langone (as) Don Hammond (ts) Charlie Frazier (ts,fl) Joe Lippman (p) Guy Smith (g) Jack Ryan (b) Buddy Schutz (d) Pat McCarthy (arr)

New York, April 29, 1941
69093-A    Bar Babble (pmc arr)    De 3772

LP source: Jimmy Dorsey - The Early Years - 1936–1941 (Bandstand BSR 7104)

1 comment:

  1. Awful sound or not I'd do almost anything for those in disco order lps!