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78 rpm special: Jazz Is Our Business

78 rpm special: Jazz Is Our Business

Playing tracks by

Jimmy Lunceford and his Orchestra, Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five, Charlie Barnet and his Orchestra, Al Cooper’s Savoy Sultans, Nellie Lutcher and her Rhythm and more.

Chart positions

This show was 5th in the global swing chart.

Vintage disc records with a coarse groove and standardized speed of 78 revolutions per minute were made roughly from late 1920’s to 1961 (or in some countries even later) and were the primary medium for music reproduction before microgroove vinyl records with speeds of 45 and 33 rpm slowly began to replace them during 1950’s. The majority of 78 rpm records were made of shellac mixed with various other compounds. Today, these records can be well played with e.g. modern DJ-turntables with 78 rpm speed selection and special coarse-groove needles. This was my first 78 rpm mix I recorded in March 2011 for Samurai FM, which does not exist anymore - and now you have a chance to listen to this again via Mixcloud. The emphasis in this mix is on jazz rhythms recorded between 1935 and 1959. Some of the records in this selection had survived with us as long as 75 years so have to respect them even with slight background noises and other marks of time. See the track list in the comments section.

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1. Jimmy Lunceford and his Orchestra ‘Rhythm Is Our Business’ – Decca, 1935
2. Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five ‘Chicky-Mo Craney Crow’ – Brunswick, 1947
3. Jimmy Lunceford and his Orchestra ‘Frisco Fog’ – Decca, 1937
4. Charlie Barnet and his Orchestra ‘Claude Reigns’ – Capitol, 1949
5. Al Cooper’s Savoy Sultans ‘Frenzy’ – Decca, 1940
6. Nellie Lutcher and her Rhythm ‘Lake Charles Boogie’ – Capitol, 1948
7. Ella Fitzgerald with Orchestra conducted by Benny Carter ’Lover, Come Back To Me’ – Rhythm, 1956
8. Charlie Parker Septet ’Ornithology’ – Cupol, 1946
9. Illinois Jacquet and his Orchestra ‘Cottontail’ – Karusell, 1953
10. Arnold Ross Sextet ‘The Champ’ – Modern Music, 1959
11. Chubby Jackson and his Fifth Dimensional Jazzgroup ‘Crown Pilots’ – Cupol, 1947
12. Terry Gibbs’ New Jazz Stars ‘Terry’s Tune’ – Gazell, 1949
13. Claude Hopkins and his Orchestra (vocal chorus by Baby White) ‘Sunday’ – Decca, 1938
14. Chubby Jackson and his Orchestra ‘Mom Jackson’ – Parlophone, 1941
15. Rytmi’s Swing Band ‘Caravan’ – Rytmi, 1948
16. Duke Ellington ‘B Sharp Boston’ – Columbia, 1949
17. Earl Hines and his Orchestra ‘Space Ship’ – King, 1953
18. Nick Esposito and his Orchestra ‘Love Is Just Around The Corner’ – Karusell, 1954
19. Ella Fitzgerald with Chorus and Orchestra directed by Sy Oliver ‘Lullaby Of Birdland’ – Rhythm, 1955
20. Seija Lampila & Erik Lindström’s Orchestra ‘Broadwayn rytmi’ – Blue Master, 1957
21. Chick Webb and his Orchestra (vocal chorus by Ella Fitzgerald) ‘Cryin’ Mood’ –Brunswick, 1937
22. Buddy Johnson and his Orchestra (vocal by Ella Johnson) ‘(Gotta Go) Upside Your Head’ – Mercury, 1954
23. Earl Hines and his Orchestra ‘A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody’ – King, 1953
24. Peanuts Holland, tp & vo with Onni Gideon and his Quintet ‘Star Dust’ – Finnish Rhythm Clubs Federation, 1950
25. Stan Kenton and his Orchestra ’It’s A Pity To Say Goodnight’ - Capitol, 1946