1935-1937

1935-1937

by Teddy Hill & His Orchestra
     
 
Saxophonist, bandleader and entrepreneur Teddy Hill is often remembered mainly as the organizer of informal after-hours jam sessions at Minton's Playhouse in Harlem during the early '40s. Those who delve a bit more assiduously into the history of jazz eventually learn that Teddy Hill led an excellent big band during the '30s. He started out playing drums and trumpet,

Overview

Saxophonist, bandleader and entrepreneur Teddy Hill is often remembered mainly as the organizer of informal after-hours jam sessions at Minton's Playhouse in Harlem during the early '40s. Those who delve a bit more assiduously into the history of jazz eventually learn that Teddy Hill led an excellent big band during the '30s. He started out playing drums and trumpet, then took up clarinet, soprano and tenor saxophones. Hill developed his chops during the '20s accompanying the Whitman Sisters then worked with George Howe, Frank Bunch & His Fuzzy Wuzzies and the Luis Russell orchestra, a fine band in which he nevertheless found few opportunities to solo (this almost certainly inspired his later decision to organize open-ended blowing sessions at Minton's). Hill put together his own band in 1934; this group secured steady employment broadcasting over the NBC radio network. All of their 1935 and 1936 recordings were derived from their radio work; they began making records in the Victor studios in 1937. Some of the singing may seem quaint or even saccharine; "Big Boy Blue," however, is full of pep and the stylized group vocal on "The Love Bug Will Bite You if You Don't Watch Out" is a bubbly delight. Note the inclusion of several Hill originals and a perfectly matched pair of atmospheric novelties: Larry Clinton's "Study in Brown" and Raymond Scott's "Twilight in Turkey." Some of Hill's players have become jazz legends -- Roy Eldridge, Bill Coleman, Frankie Newton, Shad Collins, Dicky Wells, Russell Procope and Chu Berry. Yet some folks will consider the presence of young Dizzy Gillespie on the session of May 17, 1937 as the main attraction; "King Porter Stomp" contains his very first recorded solo. Teddy Hill's entire recorded output fits neatly onto one compact disc. While this exact body of work has also been reissued on the Hep and Jazz Archives labels, the easy-to-consult layout of the Classics discography speaks strongly in its favor.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/1996
Label:
Classics France
UPC:
3307517064523
catalogNumber:
645
Rank:
161081

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Tracks

  1. (Lookie, Lookie, Lookie) Here Comes Cookie
  2. Got Me Doin' Things
  3. When the Robin Sings His Song Again
  4. When Love Knocks at Your Heart
  5. Uptown Rhapsody
  6. At the Rug Cutters' Ball
  7. Blue Rhythm Fantasy
  8. Passionette
  9. Love Bug Will Bite You
  10. Would You Like to Buy a Dream?
  11. Big Boy Blue
  12. Where Is the Sun?
  13. The Harlem Twister (The New Sensation)
  14. Marie
  15. I Know Now
  16. The Lady Who Couldn't Be Kissed
  17. (Have You Forgotten) The You and Me That Used to Be
  18. A Study in Brown
  19. Twilight in Turkey
  20. China Boy
  21. San Anton'
  22. I'm Happy, Darling, Dancing with You
  23. Yours and Mine
  24. I'm Feeling Like a Million
  25. King Porter Stomp
  26. Blue Rhythm Fantasy

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Teddy Hill & His Orchestra   Primary Artist
Chu Berry   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Coleman   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Frankie Newton   Trumpet
Sam Allen   Piano
Bill Beason   Drums
Shad Collins   Trumpet
Bill Dillard   Trumpet,Vocals
Richard "Dick" Fullbright   Baritone Saxophone
Teddy Hill   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Cecil Scott   Tenor Saxophone
John Smith   Guitar
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Howard E. Johnson   Alto Saxophone
Beatrice Douglas   Vocals
Robert Carroll   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Teddy Hill   Composer,Director
Chappie Willett   Composer
Ali Friend   Composer
Anatol Schenker   Liner Notes

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