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Vitaphone jazz short from the '30s features Don Redman's orchestra...
Little can be said about this early Vitaphone short featuring Don Redman and His Orchestra. The musical segment is comprised of three numbers, none of which have much distinction and are certainly not well known standards today.
Best of the lot is "An Ill Wind Blows Nobody No Good" which gets a nice jazz treatment and even has a scene segment of its own featuring a couple of black singer/dancers. Not bad is the opening number, "Did You Hear That Trombone Swing?" But this is a trifle that amounts to little more than watching how a little known black band got its start in the thirties (from '31 to '34) with jazz numbers featuring singers like Harlan Lattimore, who does a nice job on his vocals, and novelty dancers like Red and Struggie, who barely seemed of professional caliber.
Summing up: An easy to forget item from TCM's collection of Vitaphone shorts.
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