A Melody from the Sky: 1932-1940

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
From Fats Navarro to the seminal Charlie Parker, the history of jazz is full of amazingly talented musicians who were unable to overcome their demons and ended up dying much too young. Heroin was the drug of choice for Parker and Navarro; for Bunny Berigan, it was alcohol. In a perfect world, the trumpeter/bandleader would have lived to see 80 or 90; instead, Berigan was only 33 when, in 1942, he died from pneumonia and other health problems that were brought on by his alcoholism. But even though Berigan's career was much shorter than it should have been, he went down in history as one of the finest trumpet soloists of the '30s -- and this 66-minute collection offers a ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
From Fats Navarro to the seminal Charlie Parker, the history of jazz is full of amazingly talented musicians who were unable to overcome their demons and ended up dying much too young. Heroin was the drug of choice for Parker and Navarro; for Bunny Berigan, it was alcohol. In a perfect world, the trumpeter/bandleader would have lived to see 80 or 90; instead, Berigan was only 33 when, in 1942, he died from pneumonia and other health problems that were brought on by his alcoholism. But even though Berigan's career was much shorter than it should have been, he went down in history as one of the finest trumpet soloists of the '30s -- and this 66-minute collection offers a highly rewarding overview of his work. Technically, the title A Melody From the Sky: 1932-1940 is misleading because the 21 selections were actually recorded from 1932-1939 instead of from 1932-1940; nonetheless, this CD has a lot going for it -- not only a wealth of first-rate performances, but also good sound quality by 78-era standards, attractive artwork, and the insightful, comprehensive liner notes of jazz critic Scott Yanow who assembled the collection and presents the material in chronological order. Many of these performances are essential, including "Blue Lou," "Mahogany Hall Stomp," and his sublime 1937 version of George Gershwin's "I Can't Get Started" the hit Berigan is best-remembered for. One of the most interesting tracks is Berigan's unlikely arrangement of "The Prisoner's Song," a gem that had been a number one hit for country singer Vernon Dalhart in 1925. While Dalhart's famous version was old-time country at its most melancholy, Berigan successfully transforms "The Prisoner's Song" into an exuberant, surprisingly happy instrumental. A Melody From the Sky isn't the last word on the trumpeter's legacy, but for novices and casual listeners, this disc can be an excellent starting point.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/2003
  • Label: JAZZ LEGENDS
  • UPC: 723724554429
  • Catalog Number: 1007

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bunny Berigan Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
Ray Conniff Trombone
Eddie Condon Guitar
Bud Freeman Tenor Saxophone
Benny Goodman Clarinet
Gene Krupa Drums
Buddy Rich Drums, Track Performer
Artie Shaw Clarinet
Fats Waller Piano
Ray Bauduc Drums
Gus Bivona Alto, Clarinet
Connee Boswell Vocals
Joe Bushkin Piano
Cozy Cole Drums
Matty Matlock Clarinet
Babe Russin Tenor Saxophone
Edgar Sampson Alto
George Wettling Drums
Grachan Moncur III Bass
Georgie Auld Tenor Saxophone
Red Ballard Trombone
Red Bone Trombone
L. Brown Trumpet
Les Burness Piano
Bob Cusmano Trumpet
Charlie DiMaggio Alto
Jimmy Dorsey Clarinet
Tommy Dorsey Trombone
Mike Doty Alto, Clarinet
Al George Trombone
Harry Goodman Bass
Irving Goodman Trumpet
Les Jenkins Trombone
Dick Jones Piano
Nate Kazebier Trumpet
Stan King Drums
Ford Leary Trombone
Steve Lipkins Trumpet
Nat Lobovsky Trombone
Don Lodice Tenor Saxophone
Carmen Mastren Guitar
Eddie Miller Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello Alto, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Ralph Muzillo Trumpet
Johnny Napton Trumpet
Allan Reuss Guitar
Arthur Rollini Tenor Saxophone
Clyde Rounds Alto, Tenor Saxophone
Morey Samuel Trombone
Hymie Schertzer Alto
Jess Stacy Piano
Fred Stulce Alto
Tom Morgan Guitar
Dave Tough Drums
Gene Traxler Bass
Carl Warwick Trumpet
Hank Wayland Bass
Helvetia "Vet" Boswell Vocals
Martha Boswell Piano, Vocals
Chick Bullock Vocals
Dick McDonough Guitar
Joe Tarto Bass
Larry Walsh Tenor Saxophone
George Bohn Alto, Clarinet
Jake Koven Trumpet
Morty Stuhlmaker Bass
Forrest Crawford Tenor Saxophone
Bill DePew Alto
Harry Hoffman Violin
Red Jessup Trombone
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Track Performer
Murray Williams Alto, Clarinet
Joe Lipman Piano
Joe Bauer Trumpet
Arnold Fishkind Bass
Dick Wharton Guitar
John Fallstitch Trumpet
Jack Goldie Alto
Harry Greenwald Trumpet
Tommy Moore Guitar
Joe Harris Trombone, Vocals
Art Drellinger Tenor Saxophone
Stewart Anderson Tenor Saxophone
Al Jennings Trombone
Joe Aguanno Trumpet
Manny Berger Drums
George Johnston Trumpet
Mark Pasco Trombone
Henry Saltman Alto
Edwin Ross Piano
Sid Pearlmutter Clarinet
Paul Collins Drums
Cliff Jackson & His Crazy Cats Piano
Jimmy Welsh Trumpet
Harry Walsh Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Jenkins Drums
Sonny Lee Trombone
Joe Dixon Alto, Clarinet
Joe Lippman Piano
Dick Clark Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Composer
Ray Conniff Composer
Bunny Berigan Composer
Thad Jones Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Larry Clinton Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Edgar Sampson Composer
Art Kassel Composer
Abe Lyman Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Gus Arnheim Composer
Bix Beiderbecke Composer
Will Marion Cook Composer
Arthur Freed Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Donald Heywood Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Jack Palmer Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Scott Yanow Liner Notes, Track Compilation
Guy Massey Composer
Joe Young Composer
Walter Melrose Composer
Louis Alter Composer
Fred Fisher Composer
Sidney Mitchell Composer
Porter Steele Composer
Alfred Bryan Composer
Mabel Wayne Composer
Joyce Kilmer Composer
Oscar Rasbach Composer
Victor Burton Composer
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