Tommy Dorsey: Song of India
Song of India
Tommy Dorsey (trombone)
The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing: Centennial Collection (Bluebird/Legacy 711672)
BJimmy Welch, Joe Bauer, Bob Cusumano (trumpet); Les Jenkins, Red Bone (trombone); Joe Dixon (clarinet, alto sax), Fred Stulce, Clyde Rounds (alto sax), Dick Jones (piano), Carmen Mastren (guitar), Gene Traxler (bass).
Composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Arranged by Tommy Dorsey & Red Bone.
Recorded: New York, January 29, 1937
Rating: 73/100 (learn more)
Rimsky-Korsakov's 1898 opera Sadko depicts a Russian harpist who deserts wife and home for foreign adventure. During his travels he acquires Wife #2 and a fortune. When he returns, everyone rejoices, including Wife #1, who's retained a shrewd divorce lawyer and reduces hapless Harpo to his musical souvenirs, notably the "Song of India." Plugged with a Solotone mute to render this melody in a freakish sopranino register approximating a muted trumpet, TD's trombone is as pretty and as phony as the fixed smiles at a debutante ball. The only jazz here is Berigan's real trumpet, standing out grandly like a moonlit Taj Mahal.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz