Bob Crosby - South Rampart Street Parade: A Centenary Tribute - His 52 Finest

Bing Crosby’s younger brother Bob has earned himself a secure place in the pantheon of great jazz artists – without playing a note! He had a pleasant crooning voice (if no match for big brother) but that wouldn’t have set him above hundreds of others. The reason he is still revered in this his centenary year is because of the band he fronted during the late 30s and early 40s, which produced a unique brand of organized Dixieland that remains, quite simply, unsurpassed. Rarely has there been such a collection of brilliant front-line jazz musicians, among them Billy Butterfield, Yank Lawson, Irving Fazola and Eddie Miller, propelled by the wonderful rhythm section of Bob Zurke (later Joe Sullivan or Jess Stacy), Nappy Lamare, Bob Haggart and Ray Bauduc. Retrospective’s centenary tribute, South Rampart Street Parade (their most popular number) is the finest double-album Bob Crosby survey available, collecting together all the 52 finest recordings by the Crosby Orchestra and the superb band-within-a-band, The Bob Cats. Bing himself drops in for a No.1 hit (You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby), as do The Andrews Sisters, Connee Boswell, Helen Ward and a 14-year-old Judy Garland making her debut. This is white jazz of the Thirties at its hottest.
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“This is a centenary tribute to Bing's younger brother… Anyone who relishes the Dixieland style cannot fail to be captivated by the swinging style and innate musicianship on offer in these 52 tracks, which cover Bob's reign from 1935 to 1942…  judged solely on its merits, it's probably the best introduction to Bob Crosby available. Whilst mainly instrumental, it includes vocals by a very young Judy Garland, Connee Boswell, Nappy Lamare, big brother Bing, Marion Mann, The Andrews Sisters, and Helen Ward. The relaxed air of the proceedings belies the power of the music, which has a timeless quality about it.” Barry McCanna

"On these CDs we hear some of the most popular and evocative jazz and popular music from the heyday of Swing. Unforgettable!" Barry Clare, Just Jazz

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