There were many sweet bands of the thirties that had their roots in hot bands of the twenties. Ted Weems, like the Lombardo brothers and Fred Waring, spent the twenties recording the kind of hot kicking psuedo-jazz pop that was typical of the period.
The first disc of this set is solidly in that era. Weems was never as hard-edged as the "real" jazz groups like Jean Goldkette, and never as musically serious as guys like Paul Whiteman. But he had a good ear for nice little tunes with cute lyrics-- how can anyone resist a classic like "My Cutie's Due at Two to Two Today"? Some of the recordings, like "Somebody Stole My Gal" preserve songs that were almost-standards (and still are standards to those of us who love this period).
By the late twenties, bands were starting to head down several different roads. Not everyone heard the siren call of swing, but the hot jazz style was becoming old-fashioned and corny. Weems added some sweetener and kept his pep and reeeeally white vocalists. "Piccolo Pete" captures Weems on his way to what would keep him busy and working in the thirties. More tightly arranged but still jaunty, these are fun tunes to listen to and good pop music of the era-- be warned that many of these will stick in your head for weeks.
This is a generous collection stuffed with many great recordings of danceable roaring twenties fun.