Hot music, plus a little vaudevillian hokum from Billy Murray and some good old-fashioned song-belting from Sophie Tucker. Also of interest are the two equally great but very different renditions of "China Boy" made twelve years apart, which really show how much the style of jazz had changed (or evolved) over that time. By the way, it's just as well that they're both instrumentals, because the lyrics of that tune would definitely fail any modern "political correctness" test.
The August Picks are a day early, because the ol' Panther is so swamped at work that he figured that he'd better get the playlist up today rather than trying to do it tomorrow when he'd probably be too exhausted to even change the Victrola needle, much less turn the crank. Enjoy!