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Ray Anthony & His Orchestra: The Navy Show Broadcasts

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Trumpeter Ray Anthony, a bandleader for more than half a century, led his first ensemble for the U.S. Navy during World War II, and performed a number of times on behalf of the Navy recruiting service from 1946–54, broadcasts from which the selections on this disc were taken. This is exclusively standard fare designed for dancing, some of which sounds quite dated (“Wheel of Fortune,” “Bermuda,” “Blacksmith’s Blues,” for example). Solos are entrusted almost exclusively to the leader’s emphatic trumpet ...

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Ray Anthony: The Early Years

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The Early Years encompasses three sessions by trumpeter Ray Anthony’s dance–oriented orchestras. The plural is used because the first of these bands, which Anthony led for a time, was the U.S. Navy’s “Dolphins,” based first in Hawaii and later, at the end of World War II, on Okinawa. Tracks 1–10, by the Navy band, were recorded at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu in 1945; tracks 11–14 were recorded by Anthony’s post–war band at New York’s Roseland Ballroom in 1946, ...

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Main Stream Power Band: A Date with Swing

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With swing making a mini–comeback in the States and abroad, here’s a high–quality band from Germany that powers its way through no less than 24 well–crafted charts that should have most lovers of swing on their feet and dancing before you can say “Tommy Dorsey.” While many of the songs on the band’s second release, A Date with Swing, are relatively unknown, there are four by Neal Hefti, three of which (“Whirlybird,” “Cute,” “Pony Tail”) are from the Basie book; ...


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