The Complete Bob Cats, Vol. 2: Jazz Me Blues

The Complete Bob Cats, Vol. 2: Jazz Me Blues

by Bob Cats


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In 2008, Sounds of Yesteryear reissued 84 sides recorded by Bob Crosby's Bobcats between November 1937 and July 1942. This unprecedented effort shone the retrospective spotlight on an ensemble that was more compact and in many cases jazzier than the Bob Crosby Orchestra. The second volume, entitled Jazz Me Blues, is the most modestly proportioned of the three volumes, with only 20 tracks recorded between February 6, 1939, and February 28, 1940. The delightfully varied song list mingles traditional jazz standards ("Mama's Gone, Goodbye," "Mournin' Blues," and "Jazz Me Blues") with swing arrangements of period pop tunes and four settings of poems by William Shakespeare! Some of the vocals are credited to Marion Mann. Born and raised in the great Northwest, the five Crosby brothers were christened Larry, Everett, Harry, Ted, and Bob. Most Americans paid close attention to Harry, otherwise known as Bing, but Bob achieved considerable renown over the years and outlived his more famous sibling. A decent vocalist in his own right, he was smart enough to gather in and maintain a team of skilled jazz musicians like clarinetist Irving Fazola, trumpeter Billy Butterfield, bassist Bob Haggart, drummer Ray Bauduc, and a series of excellent pianists who included Joe Sullivan, Jess Stacy, and Bob Zurke. The Sounds of Yesteryear label's triplicate series of Bobcat reissues concludes with a 39-track torpedo-weight double disc that follows the group into the harrowing early months of U.S. involvement in the Second World War.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/18/2008
Label: Sounds Of Yesteryear
UPC: 5019317070519
catalogNumber: 751
Rank: 147324

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Cats   Primary Artist
Andrews Sisters   Vocals
Bing Crosby   Vocals
Bob Crosby   Vocals
Ray Bauduc   Drums,Group Member
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet,Group Member
Irving Fazola   Clarinet,Group Member
Bob Haggart   Bass Guitar,String Bass,Group Member
Warren Smith   Trombone,Group Member
Joe Sullivan   Piano,Group Member
Bob Zurke   Piano,Group Member
Nappy Lamare   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Jess Stacy   Piano,Group Member
Merry Macs   Vocals
Marion Mann   Vocals,Group Member
Floyd Bean   Piano,Group Member

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Matty Matlock   Arranger
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Earl Burtnett & His Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra   Composer
William Shakespeare   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer

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