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Skeets Tolbert: 1931-1940

You’ve got to love a label (Classics) that issues the complete works of unjustly forgotten alto saxophonist/ clarinetist Tolbert, whose groups, called the Gentlemen of Swing, usually containing, beyond himself, a trumpet, tenor sax, piano, bass, and drums, were quite popular in the late 1930s and early ’40s. Aside from two hot 1931 territory band selections on which Tolbert appears, these tracks were cut from 1939-42.

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