Harrison Records has issued a dozen or so LPs with rare 20s and 30s jazz, including two LPs worth of "regional jazz", also known as territory bands. The LP featured here, Masters of Regional Jazz – Volume 2, has seven titles each with two Houston, Texas bands: the KXYZ Novelty Band and Joe Kennedy and His Rhythm Orchestra. The former can be safely ignored, while Joe Kennedy has a few swinging tracks. The songs were recorded at Victor's recording facility in San Antonio with quite primitive equipment. The band was normally a trio – three more musicians were added to this session. Rhythm Is Our Business had been a recent hit record with Jimmie Lunceford's orchestra and was a fitting song given the band's name. The jazz standard (I'm) Confessin' (That I Love You) is performed in a very laid back but still swinging style.
Discographical data from The Jazz Discography by Tom Lord:
Joe Kennedy and His Rhythm Orchestra: Joe Lube (tp) Jimmy Bruton (as,ts,cl) Joe Kennedy (p,vcl,ldr) Carl ... (g) unknown (b) and (d)
San Antonio, Texas, August 14, 1935
94513-1 Rhythm Is Our Business (jk vcl) Bluebird B6233
94519-1 Confessin' (jk vcl) Bluebird B6245, B6447
LP source: Masters of Regional Jazz – Volume 2 (Harrison LP-J)