Glen Gray Vol. 2


The music on this CD is a more polished (and polite) version of hot Kansas City big band swing jazz. The 25 tunes (74 minutes!) are from CBS radio broadcasts between Feb. 1935 and Feb. 1936, and were aimed at the young music market. The music features intricate phrasing and complex arrangements, yet sounds very relaxed and smooth. The repertoire consists mainly of popular tunes of the period. Glen Grays Casa Loma Band was the key white precursor to the swing era and Benny Goodman. The band was at the height of its popularity at the time of these recordings, just before Benny Goodman became “the king of swing”. In 1936, Downbeat wrote that the band was “nothing short of sensational…a solid brand of swing”.

Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra

Should I
Ol’ Man River
I May Be Wrong
Ballin’ the Jack
Linger Awhile
The Devil Is Afraid of Music
Mad About the Boy
One Night in Monte Carlo
Yankee Doodle Never Went to Town
Loveless Love
Stop, Look and Listen
Avalon Town
Can’t We Be Friends?
Black and Blue
Dixieland Band
The Man I Love
Without a Word of Warning
It Takes Two to Make a Bargain
Will Love Find a Way
Blue Again
Ev’rytime I Look at You
Dancing Feet
That Never-To-Be-Forgotten Night
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
Spain/The Hour of Parting

No review info available