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On this 2 disc album, Charlie Barnet is at his best. These recordings feature some of the most noted studio performances of his biggest hits. Charlie Barnet was born on Oct.26, 1913, in New York, NY and died on Sept. 4, 1991, in San Diego, CA. His main instrument was the Tenor Sax and his playing was greatly influenced by Coleman Hawkins. He also played Alto Sax and his style was based on that of Johnny Hodges. Charlie Barnett was also, along with the great Sidney Bechet, one of the few of that period (the 30 s and 40 s) to play the Soprano Sax. Charlie Barnet was born into a wealthy family and, although his parents preferred that he become a lawyer, was a professional musician by the age of sixteen. Arriving in New York in 1932, he began recording as a bandleader a year later. His 1939 recording of Cherokee was a big hit and he became quite famous. His career was at its apex from 1939 1949. After disbanding his regular group in 1949, which included a great Trumpet section consisting of Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen, Ray Wetzel, and Rolf Ericson, Charlie Barnet continued to tour occasionally.