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Album Review

On this Sunbeam LP, trumpeter Harry James and his 1954 orchestra are heard during three radio broadcasts. At the time the main soloists other than the leader were his longtime sidemen altoist Willie Smith and tenor-saxophonist Corky Corcoran; in addition Buddy Rich was propelling the band on drums and is heard singing "Stomp and Whistle." Swing fans should delight in this set which finds Harry James indulging in much less nostalgia than usual and jamming in particularly fine form on "Jackpot," "Stealing Apples," "Blue Skies" and an extended version of "Roll 'Em."


Born: 15 March 1916 in Albany, GA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Harry James was one of the most outstanding instrumentalists of the swing era, employing a bravura playing style that made his trumpet work instantly identifiable. He was also one of the most popular bandleaders of the first half of the 1940s, and he continued to lead his band until just before his death, 40 years later. James was the child of circus performers. His father, Everette Robert James, was the bandleader and trumpet player in the orchestra for the Mighty Haag Circus, and his mother, Maybelle...
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