Maestro of the Mouth Organ

Maestro of the Mouth Organ

by Larry Adler
     
 

This Living Era tribute to harmonica virtuoso Larry Adler presents some of his greatest performances dating from the mid-'30s. It opens with a glorious six-minute realization of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" recorded in London in 1935 with pianist Carroll Gibbons and See more details below

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This Living Era tribute to harmonica virtuoso Larry Adler presents some of his greatest performances dating from the mid-'30s. It opens with a glorious six-minute realization of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" recorded in London in 1935 with pianist Carroll Gibbons and the Savoy Orpheans. Other fascinating harmonica adaptations of classical themes presented here are Ravel's "Bolero," Fritz Kreisler's "Caprice Viennois," and Manuel de Falla's "Ritual Fire Dance." A versatile and consistently surprising performer, Adler was also capable of handling show tunes (heavy on the Fred Astaire repertoire) and popular jazz standards. His technique was stunningly inventive and dependably entertaining. Adler backed Ruth Etting on her lachrymose 1930 rendition of James P. Johnson's "If I Could Be with You (One Hour Tonight)," the only track recorded on U.S. soil. Here Adler cheerfully contributes to the sentimentality of Etting's tearful delivery. Most of these recordings were made in London between 1934 and 1937. Four splendid collaborations with Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli, and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France were recorded in Paris on May 31, 1938. While most of Larry Adler's recordings are substantial and rewarding, this compilation is uncommonly pleasant and satisfying. Adler was quite a character. Further insights may be gleaned from his autobiography, wryly entitled It Ain't Necessarily So.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/18/1995
Label:
Asv Living Era
UPC:
0743625515329
catalogNumber:
5153

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Tracks

  1. Rhapsody in Blue  -  Savoy Orpheans
  2. If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)
  3. Bolero
  4. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
  5. The Continental
  6. Caprice Viennois
  7. I Won't Dance/Lovely to Look At [Medley]
  8. Cheek to Cheek  -  Fred Hartley & His Orchestra
  9. Isn't This a Lovely Day?/Top Hat [Medley]  -  Fred Hartley & His Orchestra
  10. Ritual Fire Dance
  11. St. Louis Blues
  12. Sophisticated Lady
  13. Solitude
  14. Tiger Rag
  15. Red Sails in the Sunset/I'll Never Say "Never Again" Again [Medley]  -  Fred Hartley & His Orchestra
  16. Intro: I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket/I'd Rather Lead a Band [Me  -  Jay Wilbur & His Band
  17. They All Laughed
  18. Love Me Forever/South American Joe [Medley]  -  Fred Hartley & His Orchestra
  19. Empty Saddles/Is It True What They Say About Dixie? [Medley]  -  Jay Wilbur & His Band
  20. Body and Soul
  21. Lover, Come Back to Me
  22. My Melancholy Baby
  23. I Got Rhythm
  24. They Can't Take That Away from Me  - Carroll Gibbons

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Larry Adler   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Vocals
Stéphane Grappelli   Piano,Violin
Django Reinhardt   Guitar
Ruth Etting   Track Performer
Carroll Gibbons   Piano,Conductor,Track Performer
Quintet of the Hot Club of France   Track Performer
Max Abrams   Drums
Roger Grasset   String Bass
Eugene Vees   Guitar
Albert Harris   Guitar
Don Stutely   String Bass
Harry Jacobson   Piano,Track Performer
Joseph Reinhardt   Guitar
Cecil Norman   Piano
Savoy Orpheans   Track Performer
Jay Wilbur & His Band   Track Performer

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Larry Adler   Arranger
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Con Conrad   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Peter Dempsey   Liner Notes
Harry Da Costa   Composer

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