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Stuff Smith: The Complete 1936-1937 Sessions

The Hep label from Scotland has long compiled not only new bop-oriented sessions but important reissues. Stuff Smith’s The Complete 1936-1937 Sessions has the studio sides and a few broadcast appearances by the great band that violinist Smith led at the Onyx Club co-starring trumpeter Jonah Jones. The heated swing group, which had a hit with “I’se A Muggin’,” is heard at its best on such numbers as “I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music,” “Old Joe’s Hittin’ the Jug” and the classic “Here Comes the Man With the Jive.”

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