Although there are twenty-one titles sandwiched between "Sweet and Hot" and "Sweet Music", there is more, much more 'hot' to be enjoyed than 'sweet'. The opening title is Jimmy Harrison's last recording with the band (he would die in july of that year), where he plays a typical trombone solo and takes a pleasant Teagarden-like vocal (or did Teagarden sing like Harrison?). The arrangements, by Bill Challis, Benny Carter, bro Horace and Fletcher himself, are mostly swinging affairs that provide ample space for a great roster of soloists such as Benny Morton on trombone, Rex Stewart on cornet, Russel Procope and Coleman Hawkins on reeds. The excellent rhythm section is made up of a.o. John Kirby (mostly on brass bass) and the great drummer Walter Johnson (whose deft use of the hi-hat is years ahead of its time).
Many of the titles are well known jazz warhorses: "Clarinet Marmalade", "Sugar Foot Stomp" (thrice), "After You've Gone", "Tiger Rag" (which gets a typical virtuoso treatment without however being over arranged), "Somebody Stole My Gal", "Stardust" (played at a medium tempo) and the first few bars of what would ultimately become "In the Mood" on "Hot and Anxious" etc. There are just nine vocal tracks (and limited to the ubiqitous "vocal refrain"); there's only one really disappointing title (with a Dick Robertson vocal; Robertson is quite a pleasant vocalist, it's just the tune that stinks).
All in all a very worth while disc that I can recommend without reservation.