Hors d'Oeuvres

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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: 2/10/2009
  • Label: Dutton Vocalion Uk
  • UPC: 765387195922
  • Catalog Number: 1959
  • Sales rank: 177,826

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Plain Jane - Ambrose Orchestra (3:12)
  2. 2 Early Morning - Ambrose Orchestra (3:18)
  3. 3 A Burmese Ballet - Ambrose Orchestra (3:25)
  4. 4 Hullabaloo - Ambrose Orchestra (3:05)
  5. 5 Deep Henderson - Ambrose Orchestra (3:15)
  6. 6 Message from Mars - Ambrose Orchestra (2:56)
  7. 7 Swinganola - Ambrose Orchestra (3:11)
  8. 8 Hick Stomp - Ambrose Orchestra (2:56)
  9. 9 Embassy Stomp - Ambrose Orchestra (2:42)
  10. 10 Memphis Blues - Rhythm Sisters (2:51)
  11. 11 Champagne Cocktail - Ambrose Orchestra (2:54)
  12. 12 Fire Dance (Danse Rituelle du Feu) - Ambrose Orchestra (3:09)
  13. 13 B'wanga - Ambrose Orchestra (3:14)
  14. 14 The Night Ride - Ambrose Orchestra (2:57)
  15. 15 Wood and Ivory - Ambrose Orchestra (2:55)
  16. 16 Cotton Pickers' Congregation - Ambrose Orchestra (3:07)
  17. 17 Caravan - Ambrose Orchestra (2:36)
  18. 18 Streamline Strut - Ambrose Orchestra (2:35)
  19. 19 Hors d'Oeuvres - Ambrose Orchestra (3:12)
  20. 20 Tarantula - Ambrose Orchestra (3:02)
  21. 21 Copenhagen - Ambrose Orchestra (2:59)
  22. 22 Dardanella - Ambrose Orchestra (2:47)
  23. 23 Rose of Washington Square - Ambrose Orchestra (2:31)
  24. 24 Dance of the Potted Puppet - Carl Barriteau (1:57)
  25. 25 Swing Low, Sweet Clarinet - Ambrose Orchestra (3:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ambrose Primary Artist
Carl Barriteau Clarinet
Reginald Kell Clarinet
The 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
Davis Composer
White Composer
Comer Composer
Bernard Composer
Hanley Composer
Barnes Composer
Melrose Composer
McDonald Composer
Rose Composer
Phillips Composer
Flatow Composer
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