Edison Hot Dance Obscurities, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Not a great many "hot dance" enthusiasts would automatically associate the name "Edison" with the genre; after all, old man Edison himself personally approved most of the Edison Records releases, and he didn't dig much in the way of hot jazz. But from 1917 until the demise of the Edison imprint in 1929, they did record hot dance music, especially after 1920, when the boss began to relax the reins somewhat. This Jazz Oracle disc, Edison Hot Dance Obscurities, Vol. 1, promises to institute a multi-volume series devoted to the hot numbers recorded by the Wizard of Menlo Park's personal label, expertly transferred by a modern-day wizard of audio restoration, John R.T. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Not a great many "hot dance" enthusiasts would automatically associate the name "Edison" with the genre; after all, old man Edison himself personally approved most of the Edison Records releases, and he didn't dig much in the way of hot jazz. But from 1917 until the demise of the Edison imprint in 1929, they did record hot dance music, especially after 1920, when the boss began to relax the reins somewhat. This Jazz Oracle disc, Edison Hot Dance Obscurities, Vol. 1, promises to institute a multi-volume series devoted to the hot numbers recorded by the Wizard of Menlo Park's personal label, expertly transferred by a modern-day wizard of audio restoration, John R.T. Davies. This first volume is devoted to two bands that are primarily known through their recordings on Edison, Winegar's Pennsylvania Boys and B.A. Rolfe & His Palais d'Or Orchestra. "Hot" sides are picked over semi-hot, or lukewarm, material, so there are no real duds here, whereas in the field, as advanced collectors of Edison Records will tell you, in B.A. Rolfe's case there are duds aplenty! The Winegar unit, originally based out of the University of Pennsylvania, is a gently swinging and lively territory band, whose work seems to get better as it goes along -- certainly they are less frantic and silly than their compatriots at Penn State, Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians. By comparison, the Rolfe sides are played with a lot of gusto and polish -- while you can tell these guys are real recording pros, the jams are little stiffer than those proffered by Winegar and company. But certain individual solos, by Phil Napoleon, the leader, and others, do make this selection of Rolfe's work a rewarding and enjoyable listen. The sound throughout is excellent, exactly as an experienced ear would expect from late Edison Records without any additional and unnecessary reverb or juicing added. So overall, Edison Hot Dance Obscurities, Vol. 1 is a winning first volume in what one hopes will be a continuing series of discs that explore this under-investigated byway of 1920s hot dance music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2003
  • Label: Jazz Oracle
  • UPC: 620588804021
  • Catalog Number: 8040

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Winegar Primary Artist, Banjo, Guitar, Ukulele
Phil Napoleon Trumpet
Tony Colicchio Banjo
Walter Edelstein Violin
Charles Harris Trombone
Lucien Smith Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Ernest Watson Saxophone
Billy Wolfe Double Bass
Arthur Hall Vocals
Ross Gorman Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Enric Madriguera Violin
Billy Drewes Trombone
Peter Eisenburg Violin
John Helleberg Double Bass
Andy Sannella Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Billy Artzt Violin
Milt Rettenberg Piano
B.A. Rolfe Trumpet
Bill Haid Piano
Larry Hart Clarinet, Piccolo, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone
H.F. Green Trombone
William Dorn Drums
Herman Drewes Trumpet
Fred Albright Drums
H. Berkin Trumpet
Vina Bono Trumpet
Pete Capodiffero Trumpet
Joe Lindwurm Trumpet
Norman Moran Trumpet
George Napoleon Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Don Nyer Drums
J. Donald Parker Vocals
Elliott Russell Violin
Harry Salter Violin
Fritz Forsch Violin
Tony Franchini Piano
Jimmy Granato Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Fred Hartman Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Gus Helleberg Double Bass
Frank Korminsky Trumpet
Frank "Salto" Sollecito Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Baritone
Harold van Emburgh Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Frank Widmer Banjo
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Al Jolson Composer
Phil Napoleon Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Paul Dresser Composer
Fletcher Henderson Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Eddie Leonard Composer
Teddy Nixon Composer
Howdy Quicksell Composer
Ernest Watson Arranger
Joseph Meyer Composer
Jack King Graphic Design
Roger Wolfe Kahn Composer
Ray Lodwig Composer
John R.T. Davies Producer, Remastering
Frank Winegar Director
Phil Baxter Composer
Newell Chase Composer
B.A. Rolfe Director
Colin Bray Producer
Bill Haid Arranger
John Wilby Producer
Ross Wilby Liner Notes
Harold Arluck Composer
Eddie Munson Composer
Harold Dixon Composer
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