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The fourth of five Nostalgia Arts CDs that reissue all of the Boswell Sisters' studio recordings starts out with a couple alternate takes taken from medleys ("California Medley" and "O.K. America") that have guest appearances by vocalists Chick Bullock, Sid Gary, Fran Frey, and the Mills Brothers. Then, after three classic performances from 1932 ("We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye," "Sleep, Come on and Take Me," and "Down Among the Sheltering Palms"), this CD concentrates on the Boswell's records of 1933-1934. With fine backing on various tracks by the Dorsey Brothers, trumpeters Bunny Berigan and Manny Klein, Benny Goodman, and Jimmie Greer's Orchestra, the premiere jazz vocal group of the era swings on memorable versions of "Forty-Second Street," "That's How Rhythm Was Born," "If I Had a Million Dollars," and "Dinah." Not all of the selections are gems ("It's Sunday Down in Caroline" and "Swanee Mammy," to name two), but Connie, Martha, and Vet Boswell are heard throughout in prime form.


Formed: 1925 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Vocal

Years Active: '20s, '30s

Definitely the most talented and arguably the all-around best jazz vocal group of all time, the Boswell Sisters parlayed their New Orleans upbringing into a swinging delivery that featured not only impossibly close harmonies, but countless maneuvers of vocal gymnastics rarely equalled on record. Connee (sometimes Connie), Helvetia (Vet), and Martha Boswell grew up singing together, soaking up Southern gospel and blues through close contact with the black community. They first performed at vaudeville...
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