More Harry James in Hi-Fi

September 3, 2012

I recently had the opportunity to purchase a stand alone unit that converts cassette tapes to digital files (Encore #5500) at 256kps which translates into good quality radio sound. One of the first things I discovered was a really nice arrangement of “Street Scene” composed by Alfred Newman. Harry James combined jazz with a classical sound that made this one really special. Harry James Street Scene

Click on the Street Scene to hear the entire track also known as the Sentimental Rhapsody, a name I’d never heard being associated with the Newman classic before. The cassette also includes the following selections: The Mole, Autumn Serenade, Sleepy Time Gal, Crazy Rhythm, Melancholy Rhapsody, September Song, Carnival, Strictly Instrumental, Blue Again, Don Cha Go Away Mad, These Foolish Things, and Somebody Loves Me. 

This LP goes back to 1955 and is a mono recording. I was expecting a sweet band style and was presently surprised at the quality of the recording, band and arrangements. As is sometimes the case with cassettes there was no band member listings or arrangement credit.

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