1928-1930

1928-1930

by Joe Venuti
     
 

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,See more details below

Overview

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:
10/02/2002
Label:
Melodie Jazz Classic
UPC:
3307517124623
catalogNumber:
1246
Rank:
314391

Tracks

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

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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

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
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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