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Harry James The Music Maker - A Centenary Tribute, His 50 Finest - Double CD

Harry James The Music Maker - A Centenary Tribute, His 50 Finest - Double CD
CD / Product Number: RTS4281

Celebrating the centenary on 15th March of Harry James (1915-1983), this Retrospective compilation of 50 classics throws renewed light on a trumpeter who belongs amongst the very greatest in all of jazz music. The survey covers every aspect of his fabulous career, from his first recording sessions as a 21-year-old with Ben Pollack’s band Spreadin’ Knowledge Around – already with a salvo-level solo), through to joyful examples of 'Double Dixie' from 1962 with Matty Matlock Weather Bird Rag. And all steps in between. These include his breakthrough as a member of Benny Goodman’s Orchestra Sugar Foot Stomp, and with Teddy Wilson Just A Mood. He formed his own orchestra in 1939, and thereafter every track has his dominant leadership stamped upon it. You Made Me Love You made him a household name in 1942, revealing the schmaltz that was an essential part of his repertoire – as was the staggering virtuosity displayed in such non-jazz items as The Flight Of The Bumble Bee. Then there was a certain 1939 recording made with a young Frank Sinatra that suddenly became a smash in 1943, All Or Nothing At All. Harry, of course, always had a superior cast of vocalists, and there are prime examples here of Dick Haymes, Helen Forrest, Kitty Kallen, Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney . . . and even wife No.2, Betty Grable. But, above all, Harry James was a hot jazz player par excellence, and the two discs are full of superlative examples of his artistry. Harry James – Retrospective salutes you!


Disc 1: 1936-1941

The Dean and his Kids
1. Spreadin' Knowledge Around
Teddy Wilson and his Orcheatra
2. I'm Coming, Virginia
Benny Goodman and his Orchestra
3. Peckin'
Harry James and his Orchestra
4. Just a Mood
5. Sugarfoot Stomp
6. Jubilee
7. Life Goes to a Party
8. Texas Chatter
9. One O'clock Jump
10. Out of Nowhere
Benny Goodman and his Orchestra
11. Big John's Special
Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra
12. I'm in the Mood for Swing
Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra
13. They Say (with Billie Holiday)
Harry James and the Boogie Woogie Trio
14. Boo-Woo
15. Woo-Woo
Harry James and his Orchestra
16. Ciribiribin
17. Two O'clock Jump
18. I've Found a New Baby
19. Feet Draggin' Blues
20. All or Nothing at All (with Frank Sinatra)
21. Sleepy Time Gal
22. Flash
23. Concerto for Trumpet
24. Back Beat Boogie
25. The Flight of the Bumble Bee
26. I'll Get By (with Dick Hymes)

Disc 2: 1942-1962

1. You Made Me Love You
2. Yes, Indeed! (with Dick Hymes)
3. I Don't Want to Walk Without You (with Helen Forrest)
4. Strictly Instrumental
5. By the Sleepy Lagoon
6. Trumpet Blues and Cantabile
7. Easter Parade
8. Crazy Rhythm
9. Cherry
10. I Had the Craziest Dream
11. I've Heard That Song Before
12. I'm Beginning to See the Light
Harry James and Sextet
13. I'm Confessin'
Harry James and his Orchestra
14. It's Been a Long, Long Time
15. I Can't Begin to Tell You
Harry James and Octet
16. Cotton Tail
Harry James and his Septet
17. Tuxedo Junction
Harry James and his Orchestra
18. Would I Love You, Love You, Love You? (with Doris Day)
19. You'll Never Know (with Rosemary Clooney)
20. Lush Life
21. Ring for Porter
22. Harry, Not Jesse
23. My Inspiration
24. Weather Bird Rag