Crazy Rhythm

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
It's virtually impossible to imagine modern music without the contributions of Les Paul. Not only was he a brilliant jazz guitarist with no fear of pop or country, he literally laid the framework for how a good electric guitar should be made when he designed his famous Les Paul model for Gibson Guitars. Add in the fact that he single-handedly invented multi-track recording with the release of "Lover" in 1948, and his influence is pervasive, if not always acknowledged, even in today's 21st century hip-hop world. This delightful collection brings together rare 16" radio transcription discs Paul did in 1944 and 1945, shortly after he was discharged from the U.S. Armed ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
It's virtually impossible to imagine modern music without the contributions of Les Paul. Not only was he a brilliant jazz guitarist with no fear of pop or country, he literally laid the framework for how a good electric guitar should be made when he designed his famous Les Paul model for Gibson Guitars. Add in the fact that he single-handedly invented multi-track recording with the release of "Lover" in 1948, and his influence is pervasive, if not always acknowledged, even in today's 21st century hip-hop world. This delightful collection brings together rare 16" radio transcription discs Paul did in 1944 and 1945, shortly after he was discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces. Although billed as a trio, the band here is really a quartet, with Paul on lead guitar, Cal Gooden, Jr. on rhythm guitar, Clint Nordquist on upright bass, and probably Bob Armstrong on piano Paul used several piano players during this time period, but Armstrong is the most likely candidate for these sessions. The music is smooth and elegant swing, featuring delightfully unexpected stops, starts, and redirects, all tempered by Paul's liquid guitar lines, full of brilliant sustained notes. Highlights include a cover of Isham Jones' 1923 hit "Who's Sorry Now" which became an even bigger hit for Connie Francis in 1958, an expansive version of Cole Porter's "What Is This Thing Called Love," and an elegant take on Hoagy Carmichael's "Lazy River." The real treats, though, are the three tracks that close the disc, featuring Paul's band plus vocals from the sultry Kay Starr and the violin playing of the great Joe Venuti. Smooth and fresh as rainwater running off a leaf, the transcriptions that make up Crazy Rhythm don't sound dated at all, and the sound is clear as a bell. Paul's most innovative and representative recordings were still in the future when these sessions were held, but the joyful elegance in his playing was already well established.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2005
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206667226
  • Catalog Number: 066672
  • Sales rank: 16,961

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Who's Sorry Now? (1:30)
  2. 2 You Took Advantage of Me (2:38)
  3. 3 For You (2:36)
  4. 4 What Is This Thing Called Love? (2:44)
  5. 5 I Never Knew (2:15)
  6. 6 Won't You Tell Me (2:17)
  7. 7 It's Only a Paper Moon (2:35)
  8. 8 Nice Work If You Can Get It (2:38)
  9. 9 I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me (2:34)
  10. 10 The Man I Love (3:27)
  11. 11 Crazy Rhythm (2:38)
  12. 12 'Deed I Do (1:50)
  13. 13 Lazy River (2:04)
  14. 14 Melodic Meal (3:00)
  15. 15 It Had to Be You (2:29)
  16. 16 My Future Just Passed - Joe Venuti & His Orchestra (2:53)
  17. 17 There's a Lull in My Life - Joe Venuti & His Orchestra (2:44)
  18. 18 What a Diff'rence a Day Made - Joe Venuti & His Orchestra (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Les Paul Primary Artist, Guitar
Kay Starr Vocals
Joe Venuti Violin
Clinton Nordquist String Bass
Cal Gooden Rhythm Guitar
Bob Armstrong Piano
Joe Venutti Violin
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Les Paul Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
María Mendez Grever Composer
Stanley Adams Composer
Sidney Arodin Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Al Dubin Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Isham Jones Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Bert Kalmar Composer
Harry Lubin Composer
Cary E. Mansfield Producer, Audio Production
Thomas Pitts Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Athan Maroulis Producer, Audio Production, Annotation
Roger Wolfe Kahn Composer
Bill Pitzonka Art Direction
Roy Marsh Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Clarence Gaskill Composer
Walter Hirsch Composer
George Marion Jr. Composer
Raymond B. Egan Composer
Traditional Composer
Joe Burke Composer
Peggy Logan Copy Editing
Billy Rose Composer
Jordan Meyer Composer
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