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THE ESSENCE OF TOMMY DORSEY

Delta 33327

 

 


CD1

1. The Hucklebuck
2. Until
3. I Dream of You
4. Opus No.1
5. Cheek to Cheek
6. They Didnít Believe Me
7. The Girl Friend
8. Taking a Chance on Love
9. The Honeydripper
10. I Get a Kick Out of You
11. Opus No.2
12. On the Sunny Side of the Street
13. Iíll Be Seeing You
14. There Are Such Things
15. It Started Over Again
16. In the Blue of the Evening
17. Itís Always You
18. Manhattan Serenade
19. Take Me
20. How About You?
21. Just As Though You Were Here
22. Stardust
23. Do I Worry?
24. Everything Happens to Me
25. Dolores
 
CD2

1. Oh! Look at Me Now
2. Yes Indeed
3. Our Love Affair
4. We Three
5. I Could Make You Care
6. Iíll Never Smile Again
7. Youíre Lonely and Iím Lonely
8. Imagination
9. Our Love
10. All the Things You Are
11. Indian Summer
12. Music Maestro Please
13. Stop Beatiní Around the Mulberry Bush
14. Boogie Woogie
15. Posiní
16. The Big Apple
17. Satan Takes a Holiday
18. Song of India
19. Who?
20. The Dipsy Doodle
21. In the Still of the Night
22. Marie
23. Alone
24. On Treasure Island
25. The Music Goes Round & Round
 

Tommy Dorseyís band was mostly in competition with that of Glenn Miller. Many thought that Dorsey had the better band for dancing. Both were of course very successful, so much so that they were the "Pop" bands of their time. It is a tribute to both bands that their arrangements are still played today, so many years later. Do not let anybody tell you that their arrangements are easy to play. They are easy to play badly, but difficult to play well. Tommy Dorsey was very competitive and went to endless lengths to get the very best musicians and singers to work with his band. 

For a time he worked with brother Jimmy in the band, but they were not compatible, both having very different temperaments. They both started out as trumpet players, but Tommy migrated to the trombone and Jimmy to the saxophone and clarinet. By all accounts Tommy was not an easy man to work for; one of his sidemen said that he was only pleasant when drunk! 

These two CDs give excellent examples of the band's work and both have guest appearances from Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra to further enhance the proceedings. The arrangers who Tommy employed, which included Glenn Miller, produced many classics for the band. Opus No.1, On the Sunny Side of the Street and Song of India are just three of many great arrangements. 

The Clambake Seven were a band within a band, very popular with the audiences for their bright Dixieland style.  

When you consider that Tommy accidentally choked to death in 1956 at the age of 51, most of this music does not sound dated, which shows the quality of the arrangements and the calibre of the musicians who played them. It is just a pity that the personnel of the band is not given, because there are some fine solos, many from the leader. There is of course quite a lot of 'schmaltz', but trying to be popular with the general public made this necessary. 

If you donít have anything by the Tommy Dorsey Band in your collection, I recommend this double CD as an excellent example of their work. If you are already a fan, this is for you.

Don Mather



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