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This review is from: Hot Lips Page: 1938-1940 (MP3 Download)
Not as good as his post war playing. This collection of tracks as 4 or 5 tracks that were produced for the white pop charts of the time which have asinine lyrics and lack jazz. However that is only 20 to 25% of the CD, the rest his good honest jazz with some mean trumpet blowing by Hot Lips.
If you have not listened to Hot Lips before the two post war CDs in this series (46-50 & 50-52) are a better introduction to his work.
I use to buy this series on CD and although MP3 purchases are a lot cheaper and don't fill up the house I do miss the comprehensive album notes that were provided with the CDs.