Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
NBC's Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Dinah, Lena, and "Hot Lips" Henry Levine really swinging.
Dr. Robert Hackler | Orlando, Fl. USA | 05/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The radio program "NBC's Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street" did a series of radio programs, which introduced some outstanding jazz arrangements and relatively new vocalists, such as Lena Horne and Dinah Shore. Unfortunately, much of Levine's music on 78's never made it to 33's and some of his LPs have not made it to CDs; but this is at least a sample of what good radio provided in the l940's. Hopefully, more will be forthcoming!"
MORE WOULD BE BETTER
judy a. hopper | COLUMBIA, SC United States | 01/08/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I bought the first CD of the Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street and enjoyed not only the music but the commentary. Unfortunately the 2nd CD did not include the commentary. Although, the music is great on this one also I really missed the tounge-in-cheek dialog and "high-brow" references from the program."
Nicely remastered Victor sides
Robert English | Independence, OR USA | 12/08/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've had the 78 rpm versions of about half of these sides for many years; it's nice to hear them without scratches, finally, as well as being (as far as I can tell) a complete collection.Dinah Shore never sang sweeter than on these earlier sides, the only possible exception being in the "Up In Arms" movie soundtrack from 1944. Her style was somewhat out of place with the predominantly 2-beat Dixieland style that these bands played, but they made room for her and she shines. Lena Horne was singing a softer style here than the charismatic belting that she became known for in later years, but she is more at home with the Dixie stylings than Dinah.This is a slice of history nicely preserved."