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Stardust

Jack Jenney

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Jack Jenney had a beautiful tone and was one of the most technically skilled trombonists active during the swing era. Unfortunately, he did not have much luck as a bandleader, recording 18 selections with his orchestra during 1938-40 before going bankrupt. All of the numbers are on this CD, plus three alternate takes and three songs made during a small-group date as a sideman with drummer Johnny Williams (a session which also includes trumpeter Charlie Spivak and tenor saxophonist Babe Russin). Jenney is best known for his eight-bar solo on Artie Shaw's famous version of "Stardust," but more notable is his own full-length feature on "Stardust" with his big band (two versions are on this CD), in which his technique is fully displayed. Jenney's orchestra did not have any big names — best known are pianist Arnold Ross and clarinetist Peanuts Hucko, although drummer Gene Krupa sat in during the first session — and its recordings alternated between well-played but anonymous swing and some typical vocal ballad features. But this perfectly realized reissue CD is easily recommended to swing collectors wanting to learn about the now-obscure trombone great.

Biography

Born: May 12, 1910 in Mason City, IA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s

Jack Jenney was one of the top trombonists of the swing era but, because his big band did not last long and he died when he was only 35, he is largely forgotten today. Jenney, the son of a music teacher, learned both trumpet and trombone, starting when he was eight. He played gigs with his father's band when he was 11. Jenney's first professional job was with Austin Wylie in 1928 and he also had stints with Isham Jones (recording with the latter) and Mal Hallett (1933). A brilliant technician with...
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