Lionel Hampton, "Calling Dr. Mancuso" 1948

This is a good example of a song title that gets me excited.  When browsing through LPs or 78s from this era, you come across a lot of yawn-inducing stuff like "I'll Be Yours Forever" or "Take Me In Your Arms."  Now, I'm as much a fan of the great Tin Pan Alley songs as anyone, but I get a special tingle in my toes when I stumble on a "Calling Dr. Mancuso" among the moons and Junes.  This track is a hard-swinging number recorded live during the musicians' recording strike of 1948.  Hampton's instrumental sides of this period are particularly invigorating and this one is no exception.


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