Catalogue: JASCD 375
Price Code: B
Release Date: 01/09/2001
Bar Code: 604988 03752 4
Harry JAMES & His Orch.
I've Heard That Song Before - The Hits Of Harry James
Featuring: Helen Forrest, Dick Haymes & Kitty Kallen
Harry James was, along with many other more well
known artists of the WWII era, (Ie. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey) a pioneer of
swing in it's rawest form. The basic foundations of his blues inspired
compositions have been the baseboard of jump jivin' dancehall swing that we here
all over the radio today and emulated by modern artists such as the Stray Cats
and a myriad of Rockabilly groups heretofore and everything in between. James
took this genre to the nth degree, and went all over the map with it, but never
becoming blasé or redundant. He had an inimitable knack for composing low-slung
bluesy trumpet laden instrumentals right alongside jazz infused swinging jump
jive and on into Doris Day backed vocal ballads, as can be heard on the
wonderful soundtrack to the movie Young Man with a Horn which featured James'
Orchestra and the man's wildly talented trumpet virtuoso. James' music inspired
more than this wonderful musician was ever given credit for, and any lover of
the swing era would be amiss to not listen to, and discover what this awesome
musician gave to us.
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