All or Nothing at All

All or Nothing at All

by Harry James & His Orchestra



This 17-track, 53-and-a-half-minute disc of air checks chronicles the first year of the Harry James band, when a 23-year-old Frank Sinatra was its featured male vocalist. Sinatra is heard on nine tracks, eight of which are also heard in their studio versions on Legacy/Columbia's The Complete Recordings, also released on CD in 1995, and thus make an interesting contrast. The title track, which was the biggest song James and Sinatra enjoyed (albeit not until years later), was even recorded on the same day (Aug. 31, 1939) in the studio for Columbia and at the World's Fair in Flushing, NY, for radio. The set includes one song, "Let's Disappear," and that James and Sinatra did not cut for Columbia. Sinatra sounds typically assured, and the arrangements lean more to the "hot" side of swing than those of Tommy Dorsey on which Sinatra would be featured from 1940 to 1942. Eight songs are James band instrumentals, including their theme, "Ciribirin," and such standards as "Avalon" and "Sweet Georgia Brown." Led by James's bravura playing, the orchestra is in fine form, belying their relative lack of success during this period.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/14/1995
Label: Hindsight Records
UPC: 0014921026322
catalogNumber: 263

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harry James & His Orchestra   Primary Artist
Frank Sinatra   Vocals
Harry James   Trumpet
Drew Page   Tenor Saxophone
Claude Bowen   Trumpet
Jack Palmer   Trumpet
Jack Schaeffer   Trumpet
Bruce Squires   Trombone
Claude Lakey   Alto Saxophone
Dalton Rizzotto   Trombone
Micky Scrima   Drums
Thurman Teague   Bass
Bill Luther   Tenor Saxophone
Truett Jones   Trombone
Bryan "Red" Kent   Guitar
Jack Gardner   Piano
Dave Matthews   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Billy Hill   Composer
Harry James   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Ben Bernie   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Tommy Dorsey   Composer
Pete Kline   Producer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Fred Hall   Liner Notes
Tom Gramuglia   Executive Producer
Ted Shapiro   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Kenneth Casey   Composer
Benny Davis   Composer
Carl Hohenberger   Composer
H. Edelstein   Composer
Alberto Pestalozza   Composer

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