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The Harry James Sessions 1976 & 1979

Harry James

Sheffield Lab Recordings has released a new Harry James CD set with all their original direct to disk recordings. This is a great opportunity for audiophiles and trumpet fans to have a collection of one of the trumpet greats, Harry James, recorded at the highest standards. At the time, Harry James said, "In 36 years of recording, I have never been so pleased with the sound."

The CD set is a reissue of a historic recording: The Harry James Sessions. Consisting of three albums originally recorded direct-to-disc by Sheffield in 1976 and 1979, and now spectacularly re-mastered by Seth Winner from analog disc originals, this program of music from the height of the swing era is a vital representation of one of the great big bands of the 20th century. To hear this music recorded by Sheffield from the perspective of a single stereo microphone, is to hear this magnificent band as dancers heard it in front of the bandstand, with the impact and energy that we don't associate with historic recordings of another era. Pretty thrilling stuff!

Count Basie 1. Corner Pocket (4:10)

Maurice Jarre 2. Lara's Theme (3:40)

Ray Noble 3. Cherokee (2:18)
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Thad Jones 4. More Splutie, Please (4:58)
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Buddy Buie 5. Traces (2:48)

Goodman- Sampson-Parish 6. Don't Be That Way (2:48)
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Bernie-Casey-Pinkard 7. Sweet Georgia Brown (2:58)

Frank Foster 8. Shiny Silk Stockings (2:04)

Demore, Raney, Delmore and Glover 9. Blues Stay Away From Me (3:54)

Harry James 10. The Foot Stomper (5:14)
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Mack Gordon 11. You'll Never Know (3:51)

Benny Moten 12. Moten Swing (4:14)
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Harry James 13. Two O'Clock Jump (2:22)

Michel LeGrand B1. Watch What Happens (2:48)
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Feyne-Hawkins-Johnson-Dash B2. Tuxedo Junction (3:05)

Sy Oliver B3. Opus Number One (2:14)
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Hank Cochran B4. Make The World Go Away (2:19)

Harry James B5. Blues For Sale (3:58)
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Duke Ellington B6. Caravan (3:39)

Ellington-Mercer-Strayhorn B7. Satin Doll (3:45)

Jule Styne B8. Roll Em (2:29)

Quincy Jones B9. Sanford and Son (2:06)

Hudson-DeLange-Mills B10. Moonglow/Theme From "Picnic" (3:54)

Billy Strayhorn B11. Take The A Train (3:02)
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Charles Shavers B12. Undecided (4:26)

Harry James B13. Ciao (3:45)

Paul Jabara B14. Dance (2:47)

Kris Kristofferson B15. Help Me Make It Through The Night (2:19)

Burton Lane B16. On A Clear Day (1:57)