Artie Shaw: Sweet Lorraine
Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
The Chant (HEP Records)
Lee Castaldo, Zeke Zarchey (trumpet); Jerry Gray, Frank Siegfield (violin), Sam Persoff (viola), Bill Schumann (cello), Tony Pastor (tenor sax), Joe Lippman (piano), Tony Gattuso (guitar), Ben Ginsberg (bass).
Composed by Cliff Burwell and Mitchell Parish.
Recorded: December 23, 1936
Rating: 79/100 (learn more)
This Lorraine is too sweet for my taste. The string arrangement creates a genteel, afternoon-tea type of mood. Listening to this tepid chart, one could easily forget that the Swing Era had kicked the previous year. There is not much swing on this track. Shaw offers a melodic solo, and when he gets a two-bar break with 25 seconds left in the performance, he tiptoes across it like he is carrying grandma's precious china. Shaw could be a compelling soloist when he was so inclined. But on this date, he never worked up a sweat.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia