In 1939, pianist Bob Zurke
formed a big band that recorded 30 selections during a ten-month period, and 28 songs (all but two vocals) are on this generous single CD. Although four veterans from the 1920s (trumpeters Chelsea Quealey
and Sterling Bose
, tenor saxophonist Larry Binyon
, and drummer Stan King
) were in the band, Zurke
is the group's only significant soloist. Despite some excellent recordings (including "Southern Exposure," "Hobson Street Blues," "Honky Tonk Train Blues," "I've Found a New Baby," and a classic rendition of "Tea for Two"), the Bob Zurke Orchestra
only lasted a year before breaking up, but its music still sounds swinging and lively today.