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Tommy Dorsey: The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing (3-CD set) by Tommy Dorsey

This three CD set is the centennial music collection of the great Tommy Dorsey. Dorsey was oftentimes thought of as the sentimental gentleman of swing and big band with his top-notch recordings. His music captured the imagination of his generation, and he continues to be popular years after his death.

CD1 contains the sideman aspects of Tommy Dorsey. CD2 contains the leader aspects of Tommy Dorsey, and CD3 focuses on the air checks performances. There is a total of seventy songs.

As a reviewer who enjoys big band and swing music, it is a pleasure and delight to review this outstanding collection. For those new to the Tommy Dorsey sound, or for those who have followed his music over the decades, this collection is of great enjoyment and a perfect reference set to have in the home library. This collection would also make a great gift for a lover or a friend, and to have placed in the local public library for jazz patrons.

A memorable listening collection, there are many songs that will stir the memories of those hearing the performances. Among the many performers who appear, you will find Henry "Red" Allen, Elvis Presley, Mildred Bailey, Buddy Rich, Bunny Berigan, Gene Krupa, Jack Leonard, Red Nichols, Connie Haines, Bing Crosby, Paul Whiteman, Jimmy Dorsey, Edythe Wright, Frank Sinatra, Connie Boswell, Jo Stafford, The Boswell Sisters, Fats Waller, Eddie Condon, Ethel Waters, Duke Ellington, Ziggy Elman, Benny Goodman and Dick Haymes, among others.

As a performer with other groups, Tommy Dorsey played trombone in such songs as "Dusting The Donkey" (1925) with the Golden Gate Orchestra, "It Won't Be Long Now" (1927) with Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra. "My Melancholy Baby" (1928) with The Dorsey Brothers, "Bugle Call Rag" (1929) with Ed Lang & His Orchestra, "I Got Rhythm" (1930) with Harold Lem & His Orchestra, and "How Deep Is The Ocean (1932) with Bing Crosby. As a leader, Tommy Dorsey is found with his own orchestra in such songs as "Marie" (1932), "Song of India" (1937), "Boogie Woogie" (1938), "Pussy Willow" (1949), and "Dippermouth Blues" (1955). With the air check performances, Tommy Dorsey has "Star Dust" (1940), and "Heartbreak Hotel" (1956), among others. This is only a sampling of the fine selections you will discover when listening to the CDs. Each song performed gives information where it was recorded and the year in which it was recorded.

For those interested in the life and times of Tommy Dorsey, there is an honest and straight-forward biography published in 2005. The book, written by Peter J. Levinson, gives an in-depth look at Tommy Dorsey and Dorsey's unusual death. A review of this fine book is found at

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Tommy Dorsey
  • CD Title: Tommy Dorsey: The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing (3-CD set)
  • Genre: Big Band / Swing
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Bluebird/Legacy
  • Musicians: Tommy Dorsey, trombone. Numerous guest artists.
  • Rating: Five Stars
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