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Paul Whiteman "From Monday On"
Paul Whiteman: “From Monday On” (Victor, 1928)

Today, the idea of Whiteman as “the King of Jazz” (as he was billed) is laughable, but in the 1920s his was the most popular band in the country. And at times he came close to the real deal, most especially on “From Monday On.” Get past the barbershop opening, and you reach a flawless scat passage; a solo from the legendary Bix Beiderbecke; and a truly swinging and inventive lead vocal from 25-year-old Bing Crosby. It ain’t Pops, but it’s got some real magic. MICHAEL J. WEST