Hors d'Oeuvres

Hors d'Oeuvres

by Ambrose
     
 

Bert Ambrose led one of the finest British dance bands of the 1920s and '30s. CD reissues of his extensive discography began to appear in the late '90s, and the Dutton Laboratories have done more to preserve his legacy than any other label. While most Ambrose collections are packed with period pop vocals, Hors d'Oeuvres is anSee more details below

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Bert Ambrose led one of the finest British dance bands of the 1920s and '30s. CD reissues of his extensive discography began to appear in the late '90s, and the Dutton Laboratories have done more to preserve his legacy than any other label. While most Ambrose collections are packed with period pop vocals, Hors d'Oeuvres is an almost entirely instrumental album. This is a very important development! The time line extends from January 1935 through the period immediately following the Second World War. The only vocal tracks are W.C. Handy's "Memphis Blues," with lyrics dutifully enunciated by the Rhythm Sisters, and "Swing Low, Sweet Clarinet," in which Reginald Kell's woodwind artistry is pitted against a carefully controlled choir. Ambrose's orchestra was a fabulous dance band with strong jazz overtones. Worthy examples of wordless delights are "Caravan," "Deep Henderson," "Message from Mars," "Copenhagen," and "Embassy Stomp," which was named after London's original Embassy Club in Bond Street. The swing element is strongly presented in this set, thanks largely to solid arrangements and skilled instrumentalists like reedman Danny Polo, trombonist Ted Heath, and trumpeter Kenny Baker, who pops up on "Dardanella" and "Rose of Washington Square." Shortly after these two sides were cut in 1945, Baker would become one of the great featured soloists with Ted Heath & His Music. The clarinetist on "Dance of the Potted Puppet" has been identified as Carl Barriteau, whereas Jack Simpson plays xylophone on the title track and "Wood and Ivory." This is an outstanding Ambrose collection, and with all due respect to everyone who ever sang with the band, one can only hope for further collections focusing upon its instrumental output.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/2009
Label:
Dutton Vocalion Uk
UPC:
0765387195922
catalogNumber:
1959
Rank:
199699

Tracks

  1. Plain Jane  -  Ambrose Orchestra
  2. Early Morning  -  Ambrose Orchestra
  3. A Burmese Ballet  -  Ambrose Orchestra
  4. Hullabaloo  -  Ambrose Orchestra
  5. Deep Henderson  -  Ambrose Orchestra
  6. Message from Mars  -  Ambrose Orchestra
  7. Swinganola  -  Ambrose Orchestra
  8. Hick Stomp  -  Ambrose Orchestra
  9. Embassy Stomp  -  Ambrose Orchestra
  10. Memphis Blues  -  Rhythm Sisters
  11. Champagne Cocktail  -  Ambrose Orchestra
  12. Fire Dance (Danse Rituelle du Feu)  -  Ambrose Orchestra
  13. B'wanga  -  Ambrose Orchestra
  14. The Night Ride  -  Ambrose Orchestra
  15. Wood and Ivory  -  Ambrose Orchestra
  16. Cotton Pickers' Congregation  -  Ambrose Orchestra
  17. Caravan  -  Ambrose Orchestra
  18. Streamline Strut  -  Ambrose Orchestra
  19. Hors d'Oeuvres  -  Ambrose Orchestra
  20. Tarantula  -  Ambrose Orchestra
  21. Copenhagen  -  Ambrose Orchestra
  22. Dardanella  -  Ambrose Orchestra
  23. Rose of Washington Square  -  Ambrose Orchestra
  24. Dance of the Potted Puppet  - Carl Barriteau
  25. Swing Low, Sweet Clarinet  -  Ambrose Orchestra

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ambrose   Primary Artist
Carl Barriteau   Clarinet
Reginald Kell   Clarinet
Rhythm Sisters   Vocals

Technical Credits

Manuel de Falla   Composer
Frank Melrose   Composer
Charles Davis   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Michael J. Dutton   Remastering
Juan Tizol   Composer
Fisher   Composer
Jack Meskill   Composer
Mourant   Composer
Black   Composer
White   Composer
Comer   Composer
Bernard   Composer
Hanley   Composer
Barnes   Composer
McDonald   Composer
Rose   Composer
Phillips   Composer
Flatow   Composer

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