Jazz in a Sentimental Mood

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Although the audience for crooners was quite large in the late '20s and early '30s, it apparently didn't have much room for Seger Ellis. Despite recording dozens of excellent ballads, often accompanied by his piano as well as musicians, including Louis Armstrong, Eddie Lang, and Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Ellis wasn't very popular and, as a performer, faded quickly he later gained more fame as a composer. The ToM label, always one to resurrect a neglected classic jazz figure, illustrates with its Jazz in a Sentimental Mood volume just how tragic it was that Ellis wasn't given more feature material. Seger Ellis' was the highest of male altos, a voice that crooned sweetly and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Although the audience for crooners was quite large in the late '20s and early '30s, it apparently didn't have much room for Seger Ellis. Despite recording dozens of excellent ballads, often accompanied by his piano as well as musicians, including Louis Armstrong, Eddie Lang, and Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Ellis wasn't very popular and, as a performer, faded quickly he later gained more fame as a composer. The ToM label, always one to resurrect a neglected classic jazz figure, illustrates with its Jazz in a Sentimental Mood volume just how tragic it was that Ellis wasn't given more feature material. Seger Ellis' was the highest of male altos, a voice that crooned sweetly and warmly on "Under a Texas Moon," a quiet hymn to his birthplace, or "Sweet Sue, Just You," in a version that Ellis makes good use of space as well as his sly piano accompaniment. As is usual on lengthy volumes of a single classic jazz artist, not all the material pans out. Still, Ellis was a good judge of songwriting that would suit his plaintive powers, as on "Mean to Me," "Ain't Misbehavin'," and "Lover Come Back to Me."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/11/2001
  • Label: Old Masters
  • UPC: 705283013128
  • Catalog Number: 131

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Seger Ellis Primary Artist, Piano
Hoagy Carmichael Piano
Muggsy Spanier Cornet
Joe Venuti Violin
Phil Napoleon Trumpet
Carl Kress Guitar
Louis Armstrong Trumpet
Rube Bloom Piano
Arnold Brillhardt Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone
Tony Colucci Guitar
Jimmy Dorsey Clarinet, Trumpet, Alto Saxophone
Stan King Drums
Manny Klein Trumpet
Arthur Schutt Piano
Charlie Butterfield Trombone
Murray Kellner Violin
Fuzzy Farrar Trumpet
George Hamilton Green Drums
Mike Trafficante String Bass
Henry Whiteman Violin
Andy Sannella Clarinet, Steel Guitar, Alto Saxophone
Walter Biedermann Violin
Technical Credits
Justin Ring Director
The Old Masters Producer
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