Jumping With the Big Swing Bands collects various swing-era tracks by such popular dance band leaders as Louis Prima, Jimmie Lunceford, and Harry James. Included here are such rare cuts as Lunceford's "Sit Back and Ree-Lax" and "Shut Out."
Today, nearly after fifty years after his death, Django Reinhardt's guitar artistry continues to amaze both fans and fellow musician's. This box give 103 reasons for this continuous adulation. Spanning 1934-1952, we include legendary sessions with the Quintets du Hot Club de France along with tracks from dates with Coleman Hawkins' All Star Jam Band, Bill Coleman and his orchestra, his involvement with the Glenn Miller All Stars and of course many with Stephane Grappelli with and without the Quintets. This 4 CD set shows what a giant he was and why he is such a huge influence on all guitarists playing whatever style.
This is the Reinhardt mother lode – a six-disc collection of the Gypsy legend's oeuvre stretching from just before to just after World War II. Disc one includes several infectious cuts with vocalist Freddy Taylor, beginning with Stuff Smith's "I'se a Muggin'." Disc six closes with one of Reinhardt and Grappelli's last recording sessions together, which included an unusually dark reading of "Oh Lady Be Good" and a revisitation of the obscure "Bricktop" (the first version appears on disc two). In between are well over 100 marvelous tracks, with sound quality up to Mosaic's (and Michael Cuscuna's) impeccable standards. The booklet contains a learned essay and annotation by Mike Peters, as well as an impressive gallery of photographs, concert posters, and news clippings. Extraordinary, and for Reinhardt's most devoted fans, entirely worth the investment.
This 101 track, 4 CD survey reveals the importance of the contribution the accordion made to the history of jazz. Distinguished jazz artists such as George Shearing, Harry James and Bennie Moten either played or included an accordion player in their orchestras.