Anthology: The Last Recording Pioneer

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Singer Irving Kaufman is perhaps best known for sounding painfully out of date on quite a few late-'20s jazz recordings, lowering the quality of some performances featuring cornetist Bix Beiderbecke. However, this Archeophone release shows that Kaufman did have a prime period, for the great majority of the 26 selections are from 1914-1923. Kaufman's clear enunciation and enthusiasm, which sounded quite square in 1927, was almost hip for 1917 and he hints at jazz as early as 1915 on the intriguing "Listen to That Dixie Band." Many of these early selections have their charm and there are duets with Billy Murray "Are You from Dixie" and Irving's brother Jack Kaufman "Mr. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Singer Irving Kaufman is perhaps best known for sounding painfully out of date on quite a few late-'20s jazz recordings, lowering the quality of some performances featuring cornetist Bix Beiderbecke. However, this Archeophone release shows that Kaufman did have a prime period, for the great majority of the 26 selections are from 1914-1923. Kaufman's clear enunciation and enthusiasm, which sounded quite square in 1927, was almost hip for 1917 and he hints at jazz as early as 1915 on the intriguing "Listen to That Dixie Band." Many of these early selections have their charm and there are duets with Billy Murray "Are You from Dixie" and Irving's brother Jack Kaufman "Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean" plus a rare collaboration with pianist Eubie Blake "Sweet Lady" from 1921. Of the five selections from after 1925, a duet with Vaughn DeLeath on "You Took Advantage of Me" is quite bizarre while "That's the Good Old Sunny South" is both topical for the time and nostalgic. There are also two numbers from 1946-1947 on which Kaufman sounds like a middle-of-the-road crooner and a privately recorded version of "God Bless America" from 1974. Overall, this program allows one to reappraise the talents of Irving Kaufman.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2006
  • Label: Archeophone Records
  • UPC: 777215109469
  • Catalog Number: 5504
  • Sales rank: 172,595

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Irving Kaufman Primary Artist
Bailey's Lucky Seven Track Performer
Virginia Dandies Track Performer
Jack Kaufman Track Performer
Technical Credits
Arthur Sullivan Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Eubie Blake Composer
Frank Crumit Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Eddie Cantor Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Noble Sissle Composer
Milton Ager Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Bert Kalmar Composer
Jack Yellen Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Edward Nelson Composer
James Reese Europe Composer
Andy Zoob Composer
Joe Young Composer
Edgar Leslie Composer
Grant Clarke Composer
Ira Schuster Composer
Al Shean Composer
Ren Shields Composer
Gene Buck Composer
Benjamin Hapgood Burt Composer
George L. Cobb Composer
Irving Cohn Composer
Ed Gallagher Composer
Alex Gerber Composer
Frank Silver Composer
Pete Wendling Composer
Jean Schwartz Composer
Gus Haenschen Composer
Meagan Hennessey Producer
Harry Pease Composer
Abe Olman Composer
Theodore Morse Composer
Harry Puck Composer
Al Piantadosi Composer
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