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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby

Crotchet Superbudget

Bob Crosby

‘Dixieland Shuffle’

NAXOS Jazz Legends 8.120652

 

 

1 Summertime 11 Swingin’ At The Sugar Bowl
2 Beale Street Blues 12 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
3 Muscrat Ramble 13 Dixieland Shuffle
4 No Other One 14 I’m Free
5 Pagan Love Song 15 I Never Knew Heaven Could Speak
6 Sugar Foot Strut 16 South Rampart Street Parade
7 Savoy Blues 17 Tea For Two
8 Louise, Louise 18 Dogtown Blues
9 Gin Mill Blues 19 Blue Orchids
10 Come Back, Sweet Papa 20 Day In – Day Out
 

For the last five years of the 1930s the Bob Crosby Orchestra enjoyed immense popularity. This all-white Dixieland band devoted most of its efforts to reproducing Chicago and New Orleans jazz from the previous decade.

The arrangements are executed with great accuracy and feature such luminaries as Yank Lawson, Bob Haggart, Charlie Spivak and Billy Butterfield. Over the last few years there has been a mass of similar compilations issued and the collector of jazz from the 1930s and 40s has been spoilt for choice. In the case of ‘Dixieland Shuffle’ whilst it is a satisfying performance, obviously heavy on vocals, I feel the main interest it generates will come from specialized collectors. Having said that the quality of recording is excellent and as the notes say ‘Naxos employed a number of respected restorers’ and their expertise has paid off. That alone may encourage a wider audience to listen to cleaned-up versions of such crowd pleasers as ‘South Rampart Street Parade’ and Savoy Blues to name but two of the variety of titles included.

Jack Ashby

 

 



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