Bluebird, 2005, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Swing
O’s Notes: We know Artie Shaw was among the best to play jazz clarinet. These two discs capture thirty-eight of his best all recorded prior to 1972. He performed to the point of exhaustion and took many breaks during his career to regain strength and motivation. Even after his final retirement in 1954, his organized a band that would be lead by Dick Johnson (also reviewed here). But Shaw’s mark on jazz is indelible and this essential collection is a nice take along with great liner notes.
Publicist: SONY BMG Music Entertainment