Amapola [ASV/Living Era]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
It's truly disgraceful that MCA, which owns Jimmy Dorsey's classic sides, has so poorly served his pop recordings that an unauthorized British outfit like ASV can come up with a definitive Dorsey pop music collection. The songs here include a dozen chart-toppers and a dozen more recordings that made it to the top five, variously featuring Bing Crosby, Bob Eberly, Helen O'Connell, Kitty Kallen, and the Andrews Sisters. The songs are of minimal interest to jazz fans, but to those who enjoy big band music, it is well nigh impossible to ignore the virtuosity in this band. Even on a pop chestnut like the Crosby-sung "I'm an Old Cowhand," Dorsey's all-too-brief clarinet solo will ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
It's truly disgraceful that MCA, which owns Jimmy Dorsey's classic sides, has so poorly served his pop recordings that an unauthorized British outfit like ASV can come up with a definitive Dorsey pop music collection. The songs here include a dozen chart-toppers and a dozen more recordings that made it to the top five, variously featuring Bing Crosby, Bob Eberly, Helen O'Connell, Kitty Kallen, and the Andrews Sisters. The songs are of minimal interest to jazz fans, but to those who enjoy big band music, it is well nigh impossible to ignore the virtuosity in this band. Even on a pop chestnut like the Crosby-sung "I'm an Old Cowhand," Dorsey's all-too-brief clarinet solo will make fans of his jazz work take notice. The problem is that there aren't nearly as many virtuoso numbers as there are pop songs and novelty-type tunes the Andrews Sisters' "Hold Tight" is included, as it was recorded with Dorsey -- even there, however, on a number like "Deep Purple," Dorsey himself takes an exquisite solo. Helen O'Connell even retains her dignity as a singer on "Six Lessons From Madame La Zonga," so a few of the novelty tunes do hold up, but Bob Eberly can be a chore to listen to "Tangerine" being a notable exception, and it's easy to see how and why Tommy Dorsey ran ahead of his older brother as a pop outfit with the services of Frank Sinatra at his disposal. The hits run from "I'm an Old Cowhand," cut on July 11, 1936, through "When They Ask About You" featuring Kitty Kallen, recorded on October 27, 1943. The remastering, apparently off of original 78s and supervised by Peter Dempsey and David Lennick, is very good though the sound on the musically superior Contrasts CD is somewhat better, with minimal noise or distortion and a healthy volume throughout.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2000
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625528725
  • Catalog Number: 5287

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Dorsey Primary Artist
The Andrews Sisters Vocals
Bing Crosby Vocals
Ray Anthony Trumpet
Bobby Byrne Trombone
Jimmy Campbell Trumpet
Phil Napoleon Trumpet
Johnny Guarnieri Piano
Ray Linn Trumpet
Ray McKinley Drums
Babe Russin Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Slack Piano
Tutti Camarata Trumpet
Helen O'Connell Vocals
Kitty Kallen Vocals
Bob Alexy Trumpet
W.C. Clark Trumpet
Bill Covey Alto Saxophone
Nick Dimaio Trombone
Charlie Frazier Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Gentry Baritone Saxophone
Don Hammond Tenor Saxophone
Herbie Haymer Tenor Saxophone
Skeets Herfurt Tenor Saxophone
Roc Hillman Guitar
Frank Langone Alto Saxophone
Bob Lawson Baritone Saxophone
Fud Livingston Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz Trumpet
Paul McCoy Trumpet
Ralph Muzillo Trumpet
Johnny Napton Trumpet
Allan Reuss Guitar
Jerry Rosa Trombone
Andy Russo Trombone
Jack Ryan Bass
Buddy Schutz Drums
Shorty Sherock Trumpet
Guy Smith Guitar
Shorty Solomson Trumpet
Bruce Squires Trombone
Jack Stacey Alto Saxophone
Slim Taft Bass
George Thow Trumpet
Bobby Van Eps Piano
Phil Washburn Trombone
Leonard Whitney Tenor Saxophone
Milt Yaner Alto Saxophone
Joe Yukl Trombone
Bob Eberly Vocals
Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra Track Performer
Joe Lipman Piano
Dave Mann Piano
Bill Miller Bass
Al Jordan Trombone
Dave Mathews Alto Saxophone
Nate Kazabier Trumpet
Don Matteson Trombone
Sonny Lee Trombone
Technical Credits
John Wetton Composer
Gonzalo Roig Composer
Geoffrey Downes Composer
Leonard Ware Composer
Sunny Skylar Composer
Consuelo Velázquez Composer
Augustin Rodriguez Composer
Jack Sherr Composer
Willie Spottswood Composer
Jerry Brandow Composer
Jim Eaton Composer
Edward Ross Composer
Lenny Kent Composer
Edward Robinson Composer
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