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1943-45 Broadcasts (Live)

Jimmie Lunceford

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Jimmie Lunceford's wartime orchestra is featured on selections from eight different radio broadcasts on this CD, including five appearances from the Jubilee series. The band's sound was basically unchanged from the late '30s, except that altoist Willie Smith had departed. Tenor saxophonist Joe Thomas (who also sings), clarinetist Omer Simeon, and trombonist/singer Trummy Young have their spots, while Lunceford (who rarely actually played with his band) is showcased on flute during "Holiday for Strings." Fine music that will be enjoyed by Lunceford's fans; highlights include "Hallelujah," "Pistol Packin' Mama," a fairly lengthy "Yesterdays," "For Dancers Only," and "'Tain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It)."

Biography

Born: June 6, 1902 in Fulton, MS

Genre: Jazz

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

The Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra has always been a bit difficult to evaluate. Contemporary observers rated Lunceford's big band at the top with Duke Ellington and Count Basie but, when judging the music solely on their records (and not taking into account their visual show, appearance, and showmanship), Lunceford's ensemble has to be placed on the second tier. His orchestra lacked any really classic soloists (altoist Willie Smith and trombonist Trummy Young came the closest), and a large portion of...
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