Ben Selvin‘s recording career began in l9l9 and ended in 1934. The tracks on this album have been chosen from the great years between 1929 and 1932, when jazz also reached its development peak, and almost every band boasted a nucleus of talent able to play improvised solos at will. Thus in the personnel we find the Dorsey Brothers, Benny Goodman, Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang, Stan King and many more. Ben Selvin, a formally trained violinist with no pretention to being a jazz musician, nevertheless had a deep respect and admiration for the great men he employed if they could produce even half a chorus of quality jazz.
Their sheer technical ability, which in those days was rarely abused, set them apart from their less distinguished colleagues and drew as Ben Selvin himself said half a century later. “It is a fact that symphony players simply cannot fit into a dance band, but many jazz players have played in symphony orchestras”, and he went on to instance, among others, Benny Goodman, who can be heard on at least five of the tracks on this album.