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This CD puts the emphasis on the Jimmy Dorsey orchestra's jazz sides rather than the vocal best-sellers. Popular singer Helen O'Connell does make three appearances (including the hit "Tangerine"), but most of these selections are instrumentals, with Dorsey's alto and clarinet in outstanding form (it was easy to forget how talented an instrumentalist he was during these commercial years). Most of the other fine soloists are lesser names, although they include future bandleaders Ray McKinley (on drums) and pianist Freddie Slack. Highlights are "Parade of the Milk Bottle Caps," "I Got Rhythm," "John Silver," "Ducks in Upper Sandusky," "Contrasts" (Dorsey's theme), and "King Porter Stomp," although there isn't a weak track on this release. Recommended -- this is Dorsey's definitive set.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/1993
Label: Verve
UPC: 0011105062626
catalogNumber: 626
Rank: 161633


  1. Parade of the Milk Bottle Caps
  2. In a Sentimental Mood
  3. Stompin' at the Savoy
  4. I Got Rhythm
  5. I Can't Face the Music (Without Singing the Blues)
  6. Don't Be That Way
  7. I Cried for You
  8. John Silver
  9. The Darktown Strutters' Ball
  10. Dusk in Upper Sandusky
  11. All of Me
  12. Contrasts
  13. Dolemite
  14. Turn Left
  15. Turn Right
  16. When the Sun Comes Out
  17. Charleston Alley
  18. Tangerine
  19. Sorghum Switch
  20. King Porter Stomp

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra   Primary Artist
David Mann   Piano
Bobby Byrne   Trombone
Jimmy Campbell   Trumpet
Phil Napoleon   Trumpet
Johnny Guarnieri   Piano
Ray Linn   Trumpet
Ray McKinley   Drums
Babe Russin   Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Slack   Piano
Tutti Camarata   Trumpet
Helen O'Connell   Vocals
Dave Matthew   Alto Saxophone
Bill Pritchard   Trombone
Bob Alexy   Trumpet
Noni Bernardi   Alto Saxophone
W.C. Clark   Trumpet
Bill Covey   Alto Saxophone
Nick Dimaio   Trombone
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Chuck Gentry   Baritone Saxophone
Don Hammond   Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Herbie Haymer   Tenor Saxophone
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Tenor Saxophone
Roc Hillman   Guitar
Tommy Kay   Guitar
Nate Kazebier   Trumpet
Frank Langone   Alto Saxophone
Bob Lawson   Baritone Saxophone
Fud Livingston   Alto Saxophone
Nat Lobovsky   Trombone
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz   Trumpet
Don Mattison   Trombone
Paul McCoy   Trumpet
Joe Meyer   Trumpet
Ralph Muzillo   Trumpet
Johnny Napton   Trumpet
Bill Oblak   Trumpet
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Jerry Rosa   Trombone
Sam Rubinwich   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Andy Russo   Trombone
Jack Ryan   Bass
Buddy Schutz   Drums
Shorty Sherock   Trumpet
Guy Smith   Guitar
Kazebier Solomson   Trumpet
Shorty Solomson   Trumpet
Bruce Squires   Trombone
Jack Stacey   Tenor Saxophone
Slim Taft   Bass
George Thow   Trumpet
Bobby Van Eps   Piano
Phil Washburn   Trombone
Leonard Whitney   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Milt Yaner   Alto Saxophone
June Richmond   Vocals
William Pritchard   Trombone
Joe Yukl   Trombone
Bob Eberly   Vocals
Joe Lipman   Piano
Dave Mann   Piano
Mick Dimaio   Trombone
Joe Lipmer   Piano
Bill Miller   Bass
Jordan   Trombone
Sonny Lee   Trombone

Technical Credits

Dave Grusin   Executive Producer
Jimmy Dorsey   Composer
Altb Jordan   Contributor
Orrin Keepnews   Producer
Sonny Mediana   Production Director
Larry Rosen   Executive Producer
Jesse Stone   Composer
Phil Washburn   Contributor
Dan Serrano   Art Direction
Joe Lipman   Composer
John Lissner   Liner Notes
Scott Johnson   Art Direction

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