Feet Draggin' Blues, 1944-1947

Feet Draggin' Blues, 1944-1947

by Harry James


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Feet Draggin' Blues, 1944-1947 showcases 20 songs by Harry James and his band. The band is occasionally accompanied by a large string section, and the album features several tracks recorded by his small groups. The strings and the accompanying heavy James vibrato is employed for such ballads as the hauntingly beautiful "Stella by Starlight." The hot stuff is seen mostly on tunes arranged and composed with Ray Conniff, like "Friar Rock" where the James vibrato is far less conspicuous. Conniff was doing the bulk of the arranging at this time and there is a hint of the style he later adopted when leading his own band, but fortunately for James, at this point in time, Conniff's arrangements were still interesting. The small group is heard on such numbers as "I'm Confessin." That James had at least a feel for the blues is shown on "East Coast Blues." During this period, James' bands were, as usual, loaded with top-flight musicians and most of them are heard soloing. Willie Smith is not only heard on alto, but he sings on "Who's Sorry Now." Other outstanding individual efforts come from Corky Corcoran, Juan Tizol, Babe Russin, and a rare introduction by guitarist Allan Reuss on "I'm Beginning to See the Light," where Kitty Kallen is featured on vocals. Even in the early 40s there is a premonition of what was to come with the Basie-like "Easy." This album is an excellent cross section of what a very popular band was doing during the middle 1940s.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/22/1999
Label: Hep Records
UPC: 0603366006220
catalogNumber: 62
Rank: 243323

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harry James   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Willie Smith   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Arnold Ross   Piano
Kitty Kallen   Vocals
Edward Bergman   Violin
Artie Bernstein   Bass
Harry Bluestone   Violin
Nick Buono   Trumpet
Buddy Combine   Drums
John DeVoogdt   Violin
Nick Fatool   Drums
Lou Fromm   Drums
Jack Gootkin   Violin
Herbie Haymer   Tenor Saxophone
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Eddie Kusby   Trombone
Bruce MacDonald   Piano
Bob Poland   Baritone Saxophone
Ramsey   Trumpet
Uan Rasey   Trumpet
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Robinson   Alto Saxophone
Mischa Russell   Violin
Marshall Sosson   Violin
David Sterkin   Viola
Tiny Timbrell   Guitar
Juan Tizol   Valve Trombone
Stanley Wrightsman   Piano
Alex Beller   Violin
Gerald Joyce   Violin
Jimmy Cook   Tenor Saxophone
Clint Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Friede   Doshpulur
James Grimes   Trumpet
Claude Lakey   Alto Saxophone
Carl Maus   Drums
Edward Mihelich   Bass
Nick Pisani   Violin
Charles Preble   Trombone
Dalton Rizzotto   Trombone
James Troutman   Trumpet
Corky Corcoran   Tenor Saxophone
Sam Freed   Viola
Paul Geil   Trumpet
Paul Lowenkron   Violin
Pinky Savitt   Trumpet
Bill Spear   Viola
Zeke Zarchy   Trumpet
Ziggy Elmer   Trombone
Morton Friedman   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Eddie Rosa   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Sam Caplan   Violin
Hayden Causey   Guitar
Sam Sachelle   Tenor Saxophone
Vic Hamann   Trombone
Jimmy Campbell   Trumpet
Ray Heath   Trombone
Ralph Osborn   Trumpet
Music Makers   Track Performer
David Amsterdam   Viola
Robert Bein   Violin
Ernest Karpati   Violin
Lenny Atkins   Viola
Joe Barbary   Violin
Red Berkens   Trumpet
Carl Burg   Trumpet
Stuart Burner   Baritone Saxophone
Lenny Corris   Trumpet
Ginnie Powell   Vocals
Clifton Jackson   Baritone Saxophone
John Santilus   Violin
Jerry Reisler   Violin

Technical Credits

Ray Conniff   Arranger,Composer
Harry James   Arranger,Composer
Bennie Moten   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Cy Bernard   Contributor
Arthur Freed   Composer
Buster Moten   Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Ellis Reynolds   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Juan Tizol   Arranger
Doc Daugherty   Composer
David Matthews   Arranger
Frierde   Contributor
Fred Groener   Contributor

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