Cotton Club 1935 Live Ny

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Review Text Although the packaging on this very enjoyable album of vintage Harlem swing gives the impression that the contents were somehow recorded live on location at the Cotton Club, what you actually get are 16 studio transcription recordings made by Claude Hopkins & His Orchestra on October 18, 1935. Hopkins and company were first booked into the famous nightclub in November 1934 and spent most of 1935 as the house band. Whereas during 1934 Hopkins cut a good number of titles for Brunswick, Decca, and Columbia, most of his recording activity during the following year produced records exclusively intended for radio station airplay rather than being sold to the public in record stores. It just so happens that the 1935 recordings often capture the Hopkins band at its very finest. Vocals are by trumpeter Ovie Alston and trombonist Fred Norman. Note that "Sweet Horn" is an alternate title for "Chasing My Blues Away," one of the Claude Hopkins Orchestra's very best numbers. This excellent material was reissued on LP in 1976 by Jazz Archives as Singin' in the Rain. It was also included in the Hep label's heftier and more comprehensive Transcriptions Performances, which is still the best option for anyone seeking the sounds of the Hopkins band of the ‘30s at the peak of its powers. ~ arwulf arwulf

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