Photos by Nick Tomecek
This is not a holiday album, but it is jolly.
“The Fabulous Jimmy Dorsey” is a blend of Dorsey’s saxophone skills, a multitude of horn and rhythm musicians and vocals from classical chorus singers. It’s a big band record I highly recommend you add to your collection.
It starts with “Contrasts,” a short introduction, and continues on with an upbeat track, “Jay-Dee’s Boogie Woogie.” It makes me wish I could swing dance.
Just after wishing I could swing dance, “Mambo En Sax” brings in an ethnic flavor that makes me wish I could dance mambo or salsa. I love the variation in this album.
“Maria Elena” is a sweet love song perfect for date night. It’s the romantic music you want to hear during an ocean-side dinner just before turning in for a night cap.
“Speak Low” and “It’s The Dreamer In Me” are also soft tracks. Listening to them makes transforms my world into a black-and-white film.
This is no surprise, as Dorsey recorded the songs on this record during the 1950s.
Side 2 differs in that the vocals stand out a little more. Classical female voices accompany the quick-paced horns.
My favorite thing about this record is the case. The photo of Jimmy Dorsey in a tuxedo with his saxophone and a red backdrop is likely the reason I purchased it.
But, that’s not on all.
The back of the case holds a piece Earl Wilson, a journalist and columnist, wrote about Dorsey.
It’s a charming narrative that ends with the following statement:
“Goodness! I notice I’ve written several pages about Jimmy Dorsey. I must have liked him.”
When you see Dorsey’s expression on the album cover, it’s easy to see why Wilson’s article describes him as soft-spoken and well-liked. Read the text if you get a chance.
Also, listen to the album when you get a chance. It’s fabulous.
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