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John Kirby: The Complete Columbia & RCA Victor Recordings

Read "The Complete Columbia & RCA Victor Recordings" reviewed by Craig Jolley


There were only about four good bass players during the 1930's, and John Kirby wasn't one. Still, he somehow made his name (in part because of connections and good looks), and he led one of the most popular small bands of the time. Pete Brown (alto) and Frank Newton (trumpet), both magnificent blues players, began as the primary soloists, and the band (originally a coop) began recording in 1937 under the name of whoever got the gig: Newton, Buster Bailey, ...


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