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Hot Dance Bands from OKeh 1923-1931

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
In 2007 the Retrieval historic reissue label brought out a chronologically arranged double-CD anthology of obscure hot dance band recordings made between November 1923 and February 1931 and released on 78-rpm platters bearing wine-red labels imprinted with the OKeh logo. Back then it was standard practice for phonograph record companies to maintain racially segregated catalogs. This compilation focuses upon 24 Caucasian OKeh dance bands, most of them quite obscure from the retrospective vantage point of the 21st century. Individuals who are lucky enough to own a copy of this amazing collection will have ready access to the sounds of the Scranton Sirens from Pennsylvania, ...
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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
In 2007 the Retrieval historic reissue label brought out a chronologically arranged double-CD anthology of obscure hot dance band recordings made between November 1923 and February 1931 and released on 78-rpm platters bearing wine-red labels imprinted with the OKeh logo. Back then it was standard practice for phonograph record companies to maintain racially segregated catalogs. This compilation focuses upon 24 Caucasian OKeh dance bands, most of them quite obscure from the retrospective vantage point of the 21st century. Individuals who are lucky enough to own a copy of this amazing collection will have ready access to the sounds of the Scranton Sirens from Pennsylvania, the Palledo Orchestra of St. Louis; Harold Leonard & His Red Jackets; trumpeter Frankie Quartell & His Little Club Orchestra; violinist Ace Brigode & His Fourteen Virginians; and bands led by violinist Irwin Abrams and pianists Mike Markel and Fred Rich. Ensembles named after landmark businesses include Vincent Lopez & His Hotel Pennsylvania Orchestra; trombonist Mickey Guy & His Rose Tree Café Orchestra; Gus Arnheim & His Ambassador Hotel Orchestra with "Whispering Cornetist" Roy Fox and violinist Russ Columbo; Jack Glassner & His Colonial Inn Orchestra; and pianist Arnold Frank & His Roger's Café Orchestra, whose OKeh record was cut on site at the Radisson Hotel in Minneapolis in September 1927. Although the exact identity of the Carolina Club Orchestra is surprisingly difficult to ascertain, it was likely led by Hal Kemp. When he wasn't operating a dance band under his own name, Sam Lanin fronted the Arkansas Travelers with trombonist Miff Mole, C-melody saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer, pianist Rube Bloom, and vocalist Vernon Dalhart as well as the Melody Sheiks with trumpeter Red Nichols, tuba titan Joe Tarto, and legendary early jazz drummer Vic Berton. Other supreme but nearly forgotten delights include music by Milt Shaw & His Detroiters, the Jazz Pilots one of many novelty groups led by banjoist Harry Reser, a band directed by Cleveland violinist Emerson Gill, and another by pianist Sol S. Wagner with incidental vocals by the Brown Sisters & Green. Ed Kirkeby, later famous for being Fats Waller's manager, steered two of the bands on this collection; the "Ted Wallace" orchestra and the Goofus Five. Both were quite similar to Kirkeby's main group, a prolific recording ensemble known as the California Ramblers. In addition to the handful of authentic early jazz heroes already mentioned, trombonist Jack Teagarden, saxophonists Jimmy Dorsey and Adrian Rollini, and guitarist Dick McDonough show up as members of a dance band led by pianist/accordionist Cornell Smelser. Retrieval's Hot Dance Bands from OKeh 1923-1931 is a unique and fascinating archive of historical treasures that are guaranteed to amuse, amaze, and entertain.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2007
  • Label: Retrieval Records
  • UPC: 608917905021
  • Catalog Number: 79050

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 More - Ace Brigode & His Ten Virginians (2:38)
  2. 2 Never Again - Ace Brigode & His Fourteen Virginians (2:31)
  3. 3 Unfortunate Blues - Harold Leonard & His Red Jackets (2:48)
  4. 4 Georgia Blues - Arkansas Travelers (2:51)
  5. 5 Lost My Baby Blues - Arkansas Travelers (2:58)
  6. 6 She Loves Me - Arkansas Travelers (2:49)
  7. 7 Any Way the Wind Blows (My Sweetie Goes) - Arkansas Travelers (3:04)
  8. 8 Copenhagen - Arkansas Travelers (2:54)
  9. 9 Those Panama Mamas (Are Ruining Me) - Arkansas Travelers (2:58)
  10. 10 Heartbroken Strain - Frankie Quartell & His Melody Boys (3:14)
  11. 11 Prince of Wails - Frankie Quartell & His Melody Boys (2:58)
  12. 12 Tokio Blues (2:54)
  13. 13 Why Should I Believe in You? - The Scrantion Sirens Orchestra (2:36)
  14. 14 Sob Sister Sadie (2:34)
  15. 15 Cheatin' on Me (3:04)
  16. 16 Birmingham Bound - Emerson Gill & His Orchestra (2:52)
  17. 17 Collegiate - Carolina Club Orchestra (2:49)
  18. 18 Rose of the Nile - Carolina Club Orchestra (3:04)
  19. 19 Rose Tree Strut - Mickey Guy & His Rose Tree Cafe Orchestra (2:58)
  20. 20 So That's the Kind of a Girl You Are - Mickey Guy & His Rose Tree Cafe Orchestra (2:42)
  21. 21 Stomp off, Let's Go - Vincent Lopez & His Hotel Pennsylvania Orchestra (3:04)
  22. 22 What-Cha-Call-'em Blues - Palledo Orchestra Of St. Louis (2:30)
  23. 23 T-N-T - Vincent Lopez & His Casa Lopez Orchestra (2:46)
  24. 24 I Love My Baby (My Baby Loves Me) - Jack Glassner & His Colonial Inn Orchestra (3:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hot Coffee - Jack Glassner & His Colonial Inn Orchestra (2:49)
  2. 2 My Bundle of Love - Emerson Gill & His Castle of Paris Orchestra (2:46)
  3. 3 The Rhythm Rag - Emerson Gill & His Castle of Paris Orchestra (2:38)
  4. 4 Rhythm of the Day - Vincent Lopez & His Casa Lopez Orchestra (2:50)
  5. 5 Deep Henderson (3:06)
  6. 6 Who'd Be Blue? (2:55)
  7. 7 I Gotta Get Myself Somebody to Love - Sam Lanin & His Orchestra (3:05)
  8. 8 You Don't Like It, Not Much - Sol S. Wagner & His Orchestra (2:55)
  9. 9 Vo-Do-Do-De-O Blues - The Goofus Five (3:13)
  10. 10 Magnolia - Irwin Abrams & His Orchestra (2:57)
  11. 11 Black Maria - Arnold Frank & His Roger's Cafe Orchestra (3:04)
  12. 12 Cornfed (2:57)
  13. 13 Buffalo Rhythm (2:44)
  14. 14 Zulu Wail (2:49)
  15. 15 If I Can't Have You (I Want to Be Lonesome) - Gus Arnheim & His Ambassador Hotel Orchestra (3:09)
  16. 16 Feelin' Good - Gus Arnheim & His Ambassador Hotel Orchestra (3:08)
  17. 17 Where the Shy Little Violets Grow - Milt Shaw & His Detroiters (3:14)
  18. 18 Wedding Bells (Are Breaking Up That Old Gang of Mine) - Jazz Pilots (3:21)
  19. 19 Down Among the Sugar Cane - Jazz Pilots (3:22)
  20. 20 Collegiate Love - Cornell & His Orchestra (3:19)
  21. 21 Accordion Joe - Cornell & His Orchestra (3:20)
  22. 22 The Free and Easy - Ben Selvin Orchestra (3:10)
  23. 23 Rollin' Down the River - Sam Lanin's Famous Players (3:21)
  24. 24 The One Man Band - Fred Rich & His Orchestra (3:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Xavier Cugat Violin
Jack Teagarden Trombone
Joe Venuti Violin
Red Nichols Trumpet
Danny Alvin Drums
Miff Mole Trombone
Harry Reser Banjo
Adrian Rollini Bass Saxophone, String Bass
Frankie Trumbauer Cornet
Roy Fox Trumpet
Henry Levine Trumpet
Vernon Dalhart Violin
Leni Reed Riley Cornet
Eddie Allen Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Gus Arnheim Piano
Bob Berry Drums
Vic Berton Drums
Rube Bloom Piano
Arnold Brillhardt Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Tony Colucci Banjo, String Bass
Bobby Davis Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Damon Dickson Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Dorsey Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Tommy Dorsey Trombone
Tommy Fellini Banjo
Maurice Harris Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Harry Clarinet, Piano, Tenor Saxophone
Stan King Drums
Manny Klein Trumpet
Abe Lincoln Trombone
Johnny McGhee Trumpet
Frankie Quartell Trumpet
Harry Robinson Bowed Bass
Arthur Schutt Banjo, Piano, Drums, Bowed Bass
Frank Signorelli Piano
Charlie Butterfield Trombone
Dick McDonough Guitar
Joe Tarto Bowed Bass, String Bass
Hymie Wolfson Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Henry Jaworski Violin
Al Philburn Trombone
Chelsea Quealey Trumpet
Itzy Riskin Piano
Sam Ruby Tenor Saxophone
Jack Russin Piano
Hank Stern String Bass
Herb Weil Drums
Freddy Bauer Drums
Louis Martin Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Ruby Weinstein Trumpet
Herbert Winfield Trombone
Smith Ballew Violin
Ace Brigode Clarinet, Leader, Alto Saxophone
Russ Columbo Violin
Artie Dunn Violin
Joey Gold Piano
Mike Markel Piano
Jimmy Grier & His Orchestra Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Russ Morgan & His Orchestra Trombone
Lyle Bowen Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Nat Natoli Trumpet
Earl Wright Banjo
Alfie Evans Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Mike Trafficante Bowed Bass
Irving Brodsky Piano
Leo McConville Trumpet
Jules Cassard Bowed Bass
Bob Effros Trumpet
Tommy Gott Trumpet
Elliott Jacoby Piano
Andy Picard Drums
Cornell Smelser Accordion
Tom Stacks Violin, Drums
Sid Trucker Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Harry Perrella Piano
Dan Yates Violin
Larry Abbott Clarinet, Violin, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Bill Miller Piano
Milton Shaw Violin
Ward Archer Drums
Phillip Cole Banjo, Clarinet, Violin, Drums, Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
William Wirges Piano
Bill Barford Banjo, Bowed Bass
John Poston Trumpet
Jim Cassidy Trombone
Norman Yorke Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Johnston Bass Saxophone
Jules Levy Jr. Trumpet
George Troup Trombone
Frank Cush Trumpet
Fletcher Hereford Alto Saxophone
Alex Hyatt Clarinet
Vincent Lopez & His Casa Lopez Orchestra Piano
Cliff Gamet Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Hymie Farberman Trumpet
Tex Hurst String Bass
Norman Taylor Trombone
Jim Crossan Tenor Saxophone
Les Reis Violin
Roy Johnston Trumpet
Earl Oliver Trumpet
Joe Lindwurm Trumpet
George Napoleon Alto Saxophone
Sammy Lewis Trombone
Aaron Voloshin Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Lord Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Will Simerall Drums
Stanley Thompson Banjo, Bowed Bass
Mickey Guy & His Rose Tree Cafe Orchestra Trombone
Irwin Abrams Violin
Sonny Howard Ernie Anderson Guitar
Nate Bold Cornet
Fred Brohez Banjo, Cornet
Nick Cortez Accordion, Flugelhorn
Harry Countmann Clarinet, Trombone, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Lucien Criner Trumpet
Les Crumbacher Reeds
Al Delaneyt Trombone, Flugelhorn
Vic DIpollito Trumpet
Dippy DIppollito Piano
Morris Dixon Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Mike Durso Trombone
Irving Farbermann Drums
Penn Fay Piano
Mark Fisher Banjo
Gene Fogarty Violin
Arnold Frank Piano
Jimmy Freshour Trombone
Emerson Gill Violin
Louis Harmin Trombone
Clarence Heidke Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Hub Henning Trombone
Technical Credits
Harry Reser Director
Charles Davis Composer
Gus Arnheim Director
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Ben Selvin Director
Rick Shlosser Composer
Jack Yellen Composer
Fred Rich Director
Sam Lanin Director
Mike Markel Director
The Bill Perry Blues Band Arranger
Ed Kirkeby Director
John R.T. Davies Original Material
Charlie Crump Original Material
Cornell Smelser Director
Harry Coster Remastering, Original Material
Lew Pollack Composer
Nat Bonx Composer
Dale Wimbrow Composer
Steve Paget Original Material
Mark Berresford Liner Notes, Original Material
Michael Brooks Original Material
Eric Hibbeler Composer
Chris Ellis Producer, Author, Original Material
Mickey Guy & His Rose Tree Cafe Orchestra Arranger
Irwin Abrams Director
Wim Bor Original Material
Arnold Frank Director
Joe Frasetto Director
Emerson Gill Director
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