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Review by Scott Yanow: Unissued On 78s Hot Dance Bands 1924 - 1932


This is the third CD in a series by the Retrieval label that consists of recordings from the classic jazz era (1924-32) that were never released on 78s. Some came out on Lps or on very obscure CDs but they were formerly quite scarce. As can be ascertained by listening to the 24 performances, they went unreleased for many decades for nonmusical reasons. The playing is certainly quite worthwhile and enjoyable.

Featured along the way are such groups as Fred Waring (long before he had his famous glee club), Charles Dornberger, Roger Wolfe Kahn (“Rhythm Of The Day”) which has a nice spot by Joe Venuti, Art Landry, Ted Weems (five songs including the joyful “Miss Annabelle Lee”), Paul Whiteman featuring the Rhythm Boys (“The Five Step” and “It Won’t Be Long Now”), Slim Lamar, Mart Britt, the Memphis Stompers, Sunny Clapp, Ben Pollack (“Yellow Dog Blues”), the High Hatters, Bert Lown, and Gus Arnheim with Bing Crosby.

Some of these selections were alternate takes while others were simply lost along the way. Now, up to 90 years later, they are being rediscovered and finally released properly. The mixture of hot jazz, first-class dance music, heated and concise solos and charming period vocals makes this a must for 1920s collectors along with the other two CDs in this valuable series.
Scott Yanow

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