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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The British Jazz Age revivalists of the Pasadena Roof Orchestra present the range of their talent on this 45-track, two-CD compilation. Nominally, the PRO is a re-creation of a 1920s society dance band in the manner of those of popular bandleaders of the time such as Paul Whiteman and Ben Selvin. But over the course of many records, the group has expanded its perspective somewhat, to take in other music of the '20s and early '30s, including hotter jazz groups like Duke Ellington's Jungle Band as well as Broadway show tunes and movie songs. Still, they tend to play them at what, in the '20s, was known as foxtrot tempo, so that, for instance, "Singing in the Rain" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The British Jazz Age revivalists of the Pasadena Roof Orchestra present the range of their talent on this 45-track, two-CD compilation. Nominally, the PRO is a re-creation of a 1920s society dance band in the manner of those of popular bandleaders of the time such as Paul Whiteman and Ben Selvin. But over the course of many records, the group has expanded its perspective somewhat, to take in other music of the '20s and early '30s, including hotter jazz groups like Duke Ellington's Jungle Band as well as Broadway show tunes and movie songs. Still, they tend to play them at what, in the '20s, was known as foxtrot tempo, so that, for instance, "Singing in the Rain" bounces along quickly, as it did when it was first performed, not when Gene Kelly danced to it in the movie of the same name in the '50s. Among these selections, the PRO occasionally crosses the time and style barrier of the Swing Era that began in the mid-'30s, even to the point of performing the Benny Goodman barnburner "Sing Sing Sing" and presenting "As Time Goes By" in an arrangement reminiscent of the way it sounds in the '40s film Casablanca. In fact, the group time travels farther forward, incorporating the Beatles' "Honey Pie," which is at least a '20s pastiche number even if it has a 1968 copyright, and Queen's "The Show Must Go On." The orchestra plays the material straight, if with a distinctly British feel, particularly in the vocals, despite much of the music having an American origin. This makes for occasional oddities, none odder than the singer on the novelty "Paddlin' Madelin' Home," who not only cannot bring himself to drop that "g" in "paddlin'," but then adds another to preserve the rhyme, actually singing, "paddling Mad'ling home"! But that may only show that the PRO does have a sense of humor about its music after all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2008
  • Label: Castle Pulse
  • EAN: 5016073052728
  • Catalog Number: 527

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pasadena Roof Orchestra Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Louis Prima Composer
Berlin Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
James P. Johnson Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Noël Coward Composer
David Courtney Composer
Woody Kern Composer
Bunny Sigler Composer
Tom Glazer Composer
Fabian André Composer
Louis Armstrong Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Otto Harbach Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Bert Kalmar Composer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Sam H. Stept Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Jack Yellen Composer
Stuart Gorrell Composer
Matty Malneck Composer
J. Russel Robinson Composer
Sean Davis Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Chester Conn Composer
John W. Bratton Composer
Lee Porter Composer
Coburn Composer
Summer Rose Composer
Wynn Stanley Composer
Schwandt Composer
Herman Hupfeld Composer
Glazer Composer
Gary Clarke Composer
N. H. Brown Composer
Harry M. Woods Composer
SchonberGER Composer
Ali Koehler Composer
Bratton Composer
Diane Lawrence Composer
Joseph George Gilbert Composer
Brad Newman Composer
John Kennett Composer
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