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Sy Oliver

Sy Oliver's melodic yet sophisticated arrangements helped define the Jimmy Lunceford sound in the 1930s and modernized Tommy Dorsey's band in the '40s. A fine trumpeter (excellent with a mute) and a likable vocalist, Oliver made his recording debut with Zack Whyte's Chocolate Beau Brummels in the late '20s and also worked with Alphonse Trent. Joining Lunceford in 1933, Oliver was responsible for such memorable charts as "My Blue Heaven," "Ain't She Sweet," "Organ Grinder's Swing," and "'Tain't What You Do," among many others. It was a major blow to Lunceford when Oliver jumped at the chance to make a lot more money arranging and occasionally singing for Tommy Dorsey. The hiring of Sy Oliver was a major help for T.D. in getting Buddy Rich to join his band. Oliver's arrangement of "On the Sunny Side of the Street" was his biggest hit for Dorsey. After a brief attempt at leading his own orchestra in 1946, Oliver became a freelance arranger and producer for the remainder of his long career. As late as 1975-1980, he was regularly leading a band but Sy Oliver will always be best known for his classic Lunceford charts. ~ Scott Yanow
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Track List: Black Legends Of Jazz

Disc 1

1. Somewhere Along The Way

2. Mahogany Hall Stomp

3. Solitude

4. Jumpin' At The Woodside

5. When The Sun Sets Down South

6. Night Hop

7. Blues In The Dark

8. Sweet Lorraine

9. Melancholy

10. After You've Gone

11. Mood Indigo

12. Lullaby Of Birdland

13. Midnight Sun

14. Body And Soul

15. Down South Camp Meetin'

16. Cavernism

17. Good Morning Heartache

18. Flying Home

19. Tishomingo Blues

20. Snowy Morning Blues

Disc 2

1. Yancey Special

2. Coquette

3. Something To Live For

4. Sepian Bounce

5. King Porter Stomp

6. Bump It

7. Sugar Foot Stomp

8. For Dancers Only

9. I Won't Be There Long

10. Chant Of The Weed

11. Good Morning Blues

12. Passionette

13. Blue Serge

14. Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away)

15. Rebecca

16. Blow Top Blues

17. Clap Hands! Here Comes Charlie

18. Keep It (In The Groove)

19. One O'clock Jump

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Track List: The Legendary Big Band Singers

1. Minnie The Moocher

2. Thanks A Million

4. Until The Real Thing Comes Along

6. Sent For You Yesterday

7. Sing For Your Supper

12. Trouble In Mind

13. When My Sugar Walks Down The Street

14. Blues In The Night

16. Blow Top Blues

17. Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop

18. I Wish I Knew

20. What Will I Tell My Heart?

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