by Peter Aaron
With 27 alternately rollicking and dreamlike cuts, the sonically stunning comp shows the rich, full color of this peak period of popular music, covering dance bands (a scarce 1933 radio remote by Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra), hot jazz (Jack Pettis and His Pets, Don Redman and His Orchestra), piano soloists (Lee Sims), suave crooners (Nick Lucas), novelty singers (Billy Costello), and hot-cha flapper gal vocalists (Ruth Etting). And, as if that’s not enough, the release is packaged with a second disc of sample cuts from the Rivermont catalog. YouTube digging doesn’t yield any tracks from the newest CD, so feast your ears on this on this 1930s humdinger by Jack Shilkret and His Orchestra from The Big Broadcast, Volume 5:
The Big Broadcast, Volume 8 is available from Rivermont Records. Tracks can be heard at http://www.rivermontrecords.com/. “The Big Broadcast” airs from 8pm to midnight Sundays on WFUV, and streams live at www.wfuv.org.