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This out-of-print two-LP set only has 20 performances and does not list the personnel or recording dates, but it does contain several fine pictures and offers one a good all-around overview of Jimmy Dorsey's commercial recordings. Of the 20 songs, all but four have vocals, mostly by Helen O'Connell and Bob Eberly, with five being vocal duets. Not much is heard from the leader, but it was the singers that made Jimmy Dorsey's Orchestra one of the most popular in the early '40s, so those listeners who enjoyed the hits should pick this one up; it includes "Tangerine," "Brazil," "Green Eyes" and "Besame Mucho."


Born: 29 February 1904 in Shenandoah, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s

Jimmy Dorsey was both an accomplished reed player, specializing in alto saxophone and clarinet, and one of the top bandleaders of the swing era. In the early and late periods of his career, he co-led bands with his younger brother Tommy; in between, he scored a series of Latin-tinged hits that established his orchestra as one of the most successful recording and performing units of the early '40s. And despite some lean years in the late '40s and the first half of the '50s, he managed to score a major...
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