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Harry James - The Chronological Classics 1942 (2001)

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1    By the Sleepy Lagoon (3:02)
2    Trumpet Blues and Cantabile (3:03)
3    Easter Parade (3:28)
4    Crazy Rhythm (3:46)
5    One Dozen Roses (3:06)
6    When You're a Long, Long Way from Home (3:16)
7    You're Too Good for Good-For-Nothing Me (3:10)
8    Estrellita (2:53)
9    You're in Love with Someone Else (3:13)
10    James Session (3:00)
11    He's My Guy (3:24)
12    I Cried for You (3:11)
13    Let Me Up (3:03)
14    That Soldier of Mine (3:03)
15    Moonlight Becomes You (3:24)
16    I Heard You Cried Last Night (3:03)
17    Manhattan Serenade (2:55)
18    My Beloved Is Rugged (3:19)
19    Cherry (3:15)
20    Prince Charming (2:41)
21    Jump Town (3:22)
22    A Poem Set to Music (3:11)
23    I Had the Craziest Dream (3:30)
24   Daybreak (3:09)
  
Harry James & His Orchestra:
Hoyt Bohannon 	Trombone
Claude Bowen 	Trumpet
Nick Buono 	Trumpet
Samuel Caplan 	Violin
Gene Corcoran 	Sax (Tenor)
Willard Culley 	Flugelhorn
Al Cuozzo 	Trumpet
Clint Davis 	Sax (Baritone)
John DeVoogdt 	Violin
Elia Friede 	Vocals
Benny Heller 	Guitar
Abraham Hochstein 	Violin
Harry James 	Director, Trumpet
Harry James & His Orchestra 
Kitty Kallen 	Vocals
Claude Lakey 	Sax (Alto)
Jack Lee 	Violin
Al Lerner 	Piano
Johnny MacAfee 	Sax (Alto), Sax (Baritone)
Sam Marowitz 	Sax (Alto)
Ray Martinez 	Violin
Dalton Rizzotto 	Trombone
Harry Rodgers 	Trombone
Jimmy Saunders 	Vocals
Micky Scrima 	Drums
Bill Spears 	Viola
Thurman Teague 	Bass
Cyril Towbin 	Violin
Leo Zorn 	Violin 

 

This eighth installment in the Classics Harry James chronology assembles all of his Columbia studio recordings made between February 24 and July 22, 1942, beginning with four superb instrumentals. "By the Sleepy Lagoon," a pretty tone poem later parodied by Spike Jones as "Sloppy Lagoon," is followed with the boogie-woogie-based "Trumpet Blues and Cantabile," a slow sweet "Easter Parade," and an eminently danceable version of "Crazy Rhythm." One change that occurred in 1941 was the departure of tenor saxophonist Vido Musso and the arrival of young Gene "Corky" Corcoran. Much more noticeably, James was continuing to modify the sound of his band with instrumentation most often associated with European classical music. By now the string quartet (first added in January 1941) had expanded into a quintet with the addition of a third violin; Willard Culley began blowing French horn with the Harry James Orchestra on the session of June 5th, and by July 15th the string section had swollen to six fiddles and a cello. There are quite a number of delectable vocals by Helen Forrest (as well as a handful of less substantial ones by Jimmy Saunders) but the most useful and enduring tracks are the instrumentals, during which the interplay of rhythm, reeds, brass, and strings works uncommonly well. ---arwulf arwulf, AllMusic Review

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