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This 1994 release comes from the Jazz label GRP Records (Grusen/Rosen Productions), founded in 1978 by keyboardist Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen (after they sold it to the Universal Music Group, GRP became an abbreviation for Great Records Period). With one exception, the opening track by Cab Calloway which was recorded in 1931 on the Brunswick label, it covers a wide range of Decca recordings artists from 1936 to 1951, some of the tracks quite rare, with decent-to-very-good sound quality. Unfortunately, there is no information regarding the musicians involved.
The contents are repeated below showing artists and bands concerned as well as original label numbers, years of release and, where applicable, chart details. Among the rare cuts is the one at track 18, I Wish I Knew, by the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. Dating from 1950, it features the vocal talents of Little Jimmy Scott whose voice at that time was so feminine-sounding that he was often accused - and harassed - as being a woman in disguise.
Well worth a purchase if you enjoy vintage Jazz.
1. Minnie The Moocher - Cab Calloway & His Orch - Brunswick 4936 - # 1 April 1931; 2. Thanks a Million - Louis Armstrong & His Orch - Decca 666 - # 17 Feb 1936; 3. The Melody Man - Jimmie Lunceford & His Orch, Sy Oliver vocal - Decca 805 - 1936; 4. Until The Real Thing Comes Along - Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds Of Joy, Pha Terrell vocal - Decca 809 - # 1 for 2 weeks July/Aug 1936; 5. Wham (Re-Bop-Boom-Bam!) - Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds Of Joy, June Richmond vocal - Decca 2962 - 1940; 6. Sent For You Yesterday (And Here You Come Today) - Count Basie & His Orch, Jimmy Rushing vocal - Decca 1880 - # 18 July 1938; 7. Sing For Your Supper - Count Basie & His Orch, Helen Humes vocal - Decca 2249 - 1939; 8. Vol Vistdu Gaily Star - Jan Savitt & His Top Hatters, George "Bon Bon" Tunnell vocal - Decca 2739 - 1939; 9. Blues To The Lonely - Jack Teagarden & His Orch - Decca 3642 - 1941; 10. Green Eyes - Jimmy Dorsey & His Orch, Ray Eberle & Helen O'Connell, vocal - Decca 3698 - # 1 for 4 weeks summer 1941; 11. Hootie Blues - Jay Mcshann & His Orch, Walter Brown vocal - Decca 8559 - 1941; 12. Trouble In Mind - Lucky Milinder & His Orch, (Sister) Rosetta Tharpe vocal - Decca 4041 - 1941; 13. When My Sugar Walks Down The Street - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orch - Decca 18587 - # 27 March 1944; 14. Blues In The Night - Woody Herman & His Orch - Decca 4030 - # 1 for 4 weeks Dec 1941/Jan 1942; 15. You Always Hurt The One You Love - Charlie Barnet & His Orch, Kay Starr vocal - Decca 18638 - 1944; 16. Blow Top Blues - Lionel Hampton & His Orch, Dinah Washington vocal - Decca 23792 - # 21 May 1947; 17. Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop - Lionel Hampton & His Orch - Decca18754 - # 9 March 1946; 18. I Wish I Knew - Lionel Hampton & His Orch, Little Jimmy Scott vocal - Decca 28711 - 1950; 19. Since I Fell For You - Buddy Johnson & His Orch, Ella Johnson vocal - Decca 48016 - 1948; 20. What Will I Tell My Heart? - Buddy Johnson & His Orch, Arthur Prysock vocal - Decca 27486 - 1950/51.