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Edison Hot Dance Obscurities, Vol. 3

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Although Thomas Alva Edison initially opposed the use of his phonograph recording technology for anything more "frivolous" than Opéra bouffe, by the late 1920s he was begrudgingly allowing jazz-inflected dance music to become available on his heavyweight platters. In 2006, as if to celebrate the sheer joy of pre-Depression hot dance music, the people behind the Jazz Oracle label gathered together 21 Edisons dating from the years 1927-1929. Tracks 1-11 are by pianist Joe Herlihy & His Orchestra, a lively organization under the direction of Joe Breck, numbering between nine and eleven players and probably including trombonist and future loudmouth comedian Jerry Colonna ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Although Thomas Alva Edison initially opposed the use of his phonograph recording technology for anything more "frivolous" than Opéra bouffe, by the late 1920s he was begrudgingly allowing jazz-inflected dance music to become available on his heavyweight platters. In 2006, as if to celebrate the sheer joy of pre-Depression hot dance music, the people behind the Jazz Oracle label gathered together 21 Edisons dating from the years 1927-1929. Tracks 1-11 are by pianist Joe Herlihy & His Orchestra, a lively organization under the direction of Joe Breck, numbering between nine and eleven players and probably including trombonist and future loudmouth comedian Jerry Colonna as well as trombonist Bill Rank, clarinetist Don Murray, banjoists Walter Herlihy or Howdy Quicksell, tuba handler Steve Brown, and drummer Chauncey Morehouse, in addition to a vocal trio that on the later sessions counted among its members Rudy Vallée. "Cornfed" and "State and Madison" are the most often reissued Herlihy titles, and justifiably so, because this band really knew how to get hot. If three takes of the "Gold Digger Stomp" seem excessive, count your blessings, humble yourself, and pretend that this is one cyclic, 12-minute jam, for many Edisons averaged four minutes in duration. The Piccadilly Players appear today as a somewhat more enigmatic act. Personnel information is quite scarce, and all we know is that the band operated under the direction of Mel Morris and possibly contained trumpeters Earl Baker and Irving Peskin as well as clarinet and sax man Jimmy Dorsey. Vocals are by Vaughn DeLeath, believed to have been the first woman ever to sing over live radio. This heartwarming anthology closes with four sides recorded at the beginning of October 1929 by Mal Hallett & His Orchestra, an 11-piece band that included valve trombonist Brad Gowans, and sax and clarinet man Toots Mondello. Hallett's portion of the entertainment resounds with the then-popular "Wang Wang Blues," something about "The Boomerang," and W.C. Handy's "Beale Street Blues."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/2006
  • Label: Jazz Oracle
  • UPC: 620588805226
  • Catalog Number: 8052

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cornfed (4:00)
  2. 2 State and Madison (3:57)
  3. 3 State and Madison (3:56)
  4. 4 Bye-Bye, Pretty Baby (4:10)
  5. 5 Gold Digger Stomp (4:02)
  6. 6 Gold Digger Stomp (3:59)
  7. 7 Gold Digger Stomp (3:58)
  8. 8 Bye-Bye, Pretty Baby (4:09)
  9. 9 Rolling Around in Roses (Since Rosie Rolled Her Eyes at Me) (3:48)
  10. 10 Make My Cot Where the Cot-Cot-Cotton Grows (4:07)
  11. 11 Don't Forget When the Summer Rolls By (3:44)
  12. 12 Someday Sweetheart - Piccadilly Players (3:51)
  13. 13 What'll You Do - Piccadilly Players (3:45)
  14. 14 Feelin' Good - Piccadilly Players (3:20)
  15. 15 I'm Riding to Glory - Piccadilly Players (3:40)
  16. 16 You're Just a Great Big Baby Doll - Piccadilly Players (3:34)
  17. 17 If You Don't Love Me - Piccadilly Players (3:03)
  18. 18 Wang-Wang Blues (3:04)
  19. 19 Where the Butterflies Kiss the Buttercups Good-Night (3:10)
  20. 20 The Boomerang (3:14)
  21. 21 Beale Street Blues (3:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Herlihy Primary Artist, Piano
Rudy Vallée Vocals
Brad Gowans Clarinet, Trombone, Cornet
Jerry Colonna Trombone
Jimmy Dorsey Reeds
Jack Hall Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Chauncey Morehouse Drums
Howdy Quicksell Banjo
Bill Rank Trombone
Andy Russo Trombone
Seldon Hammond Bowed Bass
James Hanson Trumpet
Belleau Montpelier Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
George Nickerson Trumpet
Doc Ryker Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Eddie Brown Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Vaughn DeLeath Vocals
Joe Holmes Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Irving Peskin Trumpet
Johnny Williams Jr. Drums
Frank Friselle Drums
Nelson Dowd Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Chet Gonier Trumpet
Frank Guilfoyle Piano
Carl Swearingen Trumpet
Technical Credits
Ned Miller Composer
Milton Ager Composer
Chester Cohn Composer
Jack Yellen Composer
Jack King Art Direction
Ted Kendall Remastering
Bob Effros Composer
Owen Murphy Composer
Phil Wall Composer
Mort Dixon Composer
Harry Woods Composer
Benjamin Franklin Spikes Composer
Jack Gardner Composer
Colin Bray Producer
John Wilby Producer
Perry Alexander Composer
Maxwell Hallett Director
Spike Hamilton Composer
Richard Rudy Graphic Design
Robert Edwin Peary Composer
Frank Guilfoyle Arranger
Lou Herscher Composer
Joe Moore Liner Notes
Joe Moore Liner Notes
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