1928-1930

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Even as the Joe Venuti/Eddie Lang instrumentals from the late '20s are worth their weight in gold, more than half of the fun in listening to an overview of this section of their complete recorded works is derivable from the often silly vocalists. Pianist Rube Bloom had a charmingly wobbly voice, preferable perhaps to the too-perfect, painfully innocent, but nevertheless endearing efforts of Smith Ballew. "Sensation," in addition to proving that Jimmy Dorsey could play the hell out of the baritone sax, contains Bloom's wildest vocal, consisting of bursts of scat singing mingled with dramatic moans and pleas for medical/musical assistance in what was apparently intended as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Even as the Joe Venuti/Eddie Lang instrumentals from the late '20s are worth their weight in gold, more than half of the fun in listening to an overview of this section of their complete recorded works is derivable from the often silly vocalists. Pianist Rube Bloom had a charmingly wobbly voice, preferable perhaps to the too-perfect, painfully innocent, but nevertheless endearing efforts of Smith Ballew. "Sensation," in addition to proving that Jimmy Dorsey could play the hell out of the baritone sax, contains Bloom's wildest vocal, consisting of bursts of scat singing mingled with dramatic moans and pleas for medical/musical assistance in what was apparently intended as a steamy sequel to "Hello Central Give Me Doctor Jazz." The delightful wordless vocal on the marvelous "I Must Have That Man" has often been attributed to Venuti himself. This CD's discography assigns it to drummer Chauncey Morehouse. Everyone agrees that the tuba solo is by the mighty Joe Tarto. Scrappy Lambert squeezes out two hilariously enigmatic love songs, "I Am Only Human After All" and "Out of Breath and Scared to Death of You." The last three tracks on this volume of the Classics Joe Venuti chronology are not so well known, probably because of the comparatively glib vocalists. Back to the instrumentals -- there are only five, but each one is a masterpiece. A 1928 remake of "Doin' Things," recorded with a smaller group the previous year, is refreshing. "Runnin' Ragged," recorded in October of 1929, features Frankie Trumbauer on bassoon. The idyllic "Apple Blossoms," a collectively composed serenade, is a study in perfect peace. Adrian Rollini, armed with bass sax, goofus, and hot fountain pen, enlivened the next Blue Four session, which took place during the spring of the following year. The musicianship on this collection is often astonishing, and the effect upon the central nervous system is known to be beneficial. Everything heard here is priceless for the fact that it is possible to derive from each performance a completely unfounded sense of well-being. In a jaded, postmodern world, that is a precious thing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2002
  • Label: Melodie Jazz Classic
  • EAN: 3307517124623
  • Catalog Number: 1246
  • Sales rank: 350,456

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Blue Room (3:19)
  2. 2 Sensation (2:55)
  3. 3 Doin' Things - Joe Venuti & His New Yorkers (3:19)
  4. 4 I Must Have That Man! - Joe Venuti & His New Yorkers (3:14)
  5. 5 My Honey's Lovin' Arms (3:12)
  6. 6 Goin' Home (3:24)
  7. 7 That's the Good Old Sunny South - Joe Venuti & His New Yorkers (3:04)
  8. 8 Weary River - Joe Venuti & His New Yorkers (3:07)
  9. 9 I'm in the Seventh Heaven - Joe Venuti & His New Yorkers (3:10)
  10. 10 Little Pal - Joe Venuti & His New Yorkers (3:06)
  11. 11 Chant of the Jungle - Joe Venuti & His New Yorkers (3:28)
  12. 12 That Wonderful Something - Joe Venuti & His New Yorkers (3:12)
  13. 13 Running Ragged (3:12)
  14. 14 Apple Blossoms (3:32)
  15. 15 Raggin' the Scale (3:17)
  16. 16 Put and Take (3:19)
  17. 17 Promises - Joe Venuti & His New Yorkers (3:29)
  18. 18 Dancing With Tears in My Eyes - Joe Venuti & His New Yorkers (3:09)
  19. 19 I Am Only Human After All - Joe Venuti & His New Yorkers (3:14)
  20. 20 Out of Breath - Joe Venuti & His New Yorkers (3:37)
  21. 21 Wasting My Love on You - Joe Venuti & His Orchestra (3:31)
  22. 22 My Man from Caroline - Joe Venuti & His Orchestra (3:14)
  23. 23 I Like a Little Girl Like That - Joe Venuti & His Orchestra (3:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Venuti Primary Artist, Violin
Eddie Lang Guitar
Jack Teagarden Trombone
Phil Napoleon Trumpet
Adrian Rollini Goofus, Harp, Bass Saxophone
Frankie Trumbauer Bassoon, C-Melody Saxophone
Rube Bloom Piano, Vocals
Arnold Brillhardt Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Dorsey Clarinet, Trumpet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Lennie Hayton Piano, Cello
Stan King Drums
Manny Klein Trumpet
Fud Livingston Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Chauncey Morehouse Drums, Vocals
Bill Rank Trombone
Arthur Schutt Piano
Frank Signorelli Piano
Frank Luther Vocals
Max Farley Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Tarto Bass, Double Bass
Fuzzy Farrar Trumpet
Pete Pumiglio Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Itzy Riskin Piano
Harry Goldfield Trumpet
Min Leibrook Bass Saxophone
Andy Secrest Trumpet
Charles Strickfaden Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Smith Ballew Vocals
Charlie Margulis Trumpet
Alfie Evans Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Ray Lodwig Trumpet
Herb Quigley Drums, Vibes
Izzy Friedman Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Rube Crozier Oboe, Tenor Saxophone
Leo McConville Trumpet
Joe Raymond Violin
Bernie Daly Tenor Saxophone
Paul Graselli Drums
Jim Crossan Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Irene Beasley Vocals
Harold "Scrappy" Lambert Vocals
Technical Credits
Al Jolson Composer
Eddie Lang Composer
Joe Venuti Composer
Eddie Edwards Composer
Frankie Trumbauer Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Milton Ager Composer
Rube Bloom Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Al Dubin Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Arthur Freed Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Lennie Hayton Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Herman Ruby Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Jack Yellen Composer
Joseph Meyer Composer
Joe Tarto Arranger
Charles Henderson Composer
Anatol Schenker Liner Notes
Louis Silvers Composer
Edgar Leslie Composer
Grant Clarke Composer
Ed Claypoole Composer
Joe Burke Composer
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