Four-Four Rhythm: Victor Territory Bands

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
In the late '20s, jazz had become such an influential force in popular music that even the straightest dance bands used aspects of jazz's rhythms and chancetaking spirit. There was a countless number of recordings during the period from temporarily popular but long-forgotten bands, including the seven ensembles featured on this collector's CD. Paul Tremaine's Orchestra, Henny Hendrickson's Louisville Serenaders, Tal Henry's North Carolinians, and the orchestras of Phil Baxter, Billy Hays, and Doc Daugherty were not destined for fame, but each ensemble left behind music that can be enjoyed over 70 years later. The one famous name featured on this CD, Kay Kyser, is heard at ...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
In the late '20s, jazz had become such an influential force in popular music that even the straightest dance bands used aspects of jazz's rhythms and chancetaking spirit. There was a countless number of recordings during the period from temporarily popular but long-forgotten bands, including the seven ensembles featured on this collector's CD. Paul Tremaine's Orchestra, Henny Hendrickson's Louisville Serenaders, Tal Henry's North Carolinians, and the orchestras of Phil Baxter, Billy Hays, and Doc Daugherty were not destined for fame, but each ensemble left behind music that can be enjoyed over 70 years later. The one famous name featured on this CD, Kay Kyser, is heard at the beginning of his career leading an orchestra that had little in common with his later commercially successful radio band. The music overall emphasizes written ensembles with plenty of swinging, years before the swing era. Solo space is brief, and there are no real individual heroics, but the quality of the music is mostly pretty high. Most interesting are Tremaine's "Four-Four Rhythm" with its topical lyrics about the change in musical styles from a few years earlier; the pioneering harp solo by Lester Cruman on "Aristocratic Stomp"; "Without That Gal"; "Tell Her"; the looseness in Baxter's ensembles on "I Ain't Got No Gal Now"; the novelty "I'm Wild About Horns on Automobiles"; and Doc Daugherty's spots on baritone. The one fault of this CD is in its programming, which skips all over the place between the bands; one will have to program their CD player in order to focus on a single band at a time. Otherwise, 1920s jazz and dance band enthusiasts will want this set, along with the many other vintage reissues put out by The Old Masters.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2001
  • Label: Old Masters
  • UPC: 705283013029
  • Catalog Number: 130

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ras Michael Drums
Jack Jones Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Walter Brown Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Carson Robison Guitar, Tuba, Drums, Human Whistle
Richard White Trombone
Bill Hamilton Drums
Bill Hays Leader, Vocals
Peter Moore Vocals
Joe Price Banjo, Guitar
Bill Rhodes Tuba
Sully Mason Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Sam Freed Banjo, Piano, Violin
Paul Tremaine Vocals
Kay Kyser & His Orchestra Track Performer
Joe Dubin Tenor Saxophone
Sammy Feinsmith Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Mike Mosiello Trumpet
Lou Quadling Piano
Al Jennings Trombone
Phil Baxter Piano, Leader, Vocals
Doc Daugherty Clarinet, Leader, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Andy Sannella Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Billy B. Van Banjo
Charles Hudson Drums
Pops Estep Tuba
Andrew Stanton Vocals
Phil Baxter & His Orchestra Track Performer
Madeline Berry Drums
Wayne Brackman Alto Saxophone
Benny Cash Piano
Davy Crocker Accordion
Lester Cruman Harp
Doc Dibert Cornet
Francis Ellsworth Clarinet
Howard Emery Trumpet
Fred Erdman Vocals
Walter Fellman Clarinet
Frank Fleming Trumpet
Marion Flickinger Drums
Eddie Friebel Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Arthur Haagland Trombone
Gus Hadale Tuba
Al Hann Trumpet
Cliff Harkness Clarinet
Wyatt Ditter Haynes Banjo
Clarence "Henry" Hendrickson Clarinet
Links Hussin Flute
Carl Jeremias Tenor Saxophone
Paul Kenestrick Piano
Charles Kraft Trumpet
Arnold Lehner Trumpet
Lem Lesser Tuba
Harold Madsen Vocals
Gordon Martin Cornet
Laurie Mitchinton Drums
Ken Naylor Clarinet
Archie Newell Trombone
Ray Noone Trumpet
Marion Reeds Trumpet
Thurmond Rotroff Tenor Saxophone
Chet Lincoln Trombone
Ivan Morris Banjo, Trumpet
Chester Shaw Tuba, Vocals
Chuck Campbell Trombone
Paul Tremaine & His Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Kay Kyser Director
Lionel Newman Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Bert Russell Composer
Warren Vaché Sextette Liner Notes
Lou Quadling Arranger
Harry Link Composer
Jack Strachey Composer
Eric Maschwitz Composer
Eliot Daniel Composer
Charles Babgby Arranger
George Dunning Arranger
Tal Henry Director
Eddie Kilanoski Arranger
Tom Strohauser Arranger
George Strum Arranger
The Old Masters Producer
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