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Maniac's Ball ()


During a period of time when few jazz-oriented big bands existed outside of Harlem, the Casa Loma Orchestra helped set the stage for the swing era. Gene Gifford's arrangements for the ensemble during 1929-1935 were later criticized for using some staccato phrasing and an excess of riffs, but the music still sounds quite exciting today. Maniac's Ball mostly dates from 1931-1932, with one song from 1933, three from 1934, Larry Clinton's "A Study in Brown" from 1937, and a five-song session from 1936. In addition to a few ...

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  1. Alexander's Ragtime Band
  2. Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet
  3. I Wanna Be Around My Baby All the Time
  4. I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby (And My Baby's Crazy 'Bout Me)
  5. White Jazz
  6. Black Jazz
  7. Maniac's Ball
  8. Clarinet Marmalade
  9. I Never Knew I Could Love Anybody (Like I'm Loving You)
  10. (Back Home Again In) Indiana
  11. Blue Jazz
  12. Thanksgivin'
  13. The Lady from St. Paul
  14. The Dance of the Lame Duck
  15. Rhythm Man
  16. New Orleans
  17. Wild Goose Chase
  18. Moon Country
  19. Milenberg Joys
  20. Out of Space
  21. Copenhagen
  22. Royal Garden Blues
  23. Rose of the Rio Grande
  24. Jungle Jitters
  25. Bugle Call Rag
  26. A Study in Brown
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