Pennies from Heaven

Pennies from Heaven

by Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra
     
 
There being a dearth of Jimmy Dorsey studio recordings from the 1930s (or any other era) in the CD catalog, this British release fills part of that hole, covering just over a year in the history of the early Jimmy Dorsey orchestra. Unfortunately, the emphasis is on vocal numbers: there are only three instrumentals here, which won't please those who prefer Dorsey's

Overview

There being a dearth of Jimmy Dorsey studio recordings from the 1930s (or any other era) in the CD catalog, this British release fills part of that hole, covering just over a year in the history of the early Jimmy Dorsey orchestra. Unfortunately, the emphasis is on vocal numbers: there are only three instrumentals here, which won't please those who prefer Dorsey's jazzier sides. Additionally, some of the arrangements here now sound a bit old hat, along with the numbers (especially "Pick Yourself Up," not well sung by Bob Eberle, but nicely played), the band not having hit its real stride until later in the decade. But some of what's here is golden: "Dorsey Dervish" is a thumping, pulsing instrumental that almost fills the instrumental gap, and "Stompin' at the Savoy" is a classic in its own right. Additionally, several of the vocal numbers, such as "Slap That Bass" and "The Love Bug Will Bite You" have a sound and a mood that evoke the best memories of popular swing of the period. The bulk of the material here is from movies and Broadway, so you do get the cream of popular composers of the period, including George and Ira Gershwin ("They Can't Take that Away from Me," beautifully sung by Eberle), Cole Porter ("Rap-Tap on Wood," "Swingin' the Jinx Away," both sung by Frances Langford, whose work, by itself, almost makes this disc worthwhile) and Jerome Kern ("Pick Yourself Up"). There's also one oddity here that Warner Bros. cartoon fans will love: a straight version of "I Love to Sing" (sung by Don Mattison), a Jolson number that former the basis for a delightful Jolson parody. The Duke Ellington number "In a Sentimental Mood" is also here, featuring Tommy Dorsey's successor on trombone, Bobby Byrne, doing the vocals. It was a little too early for Jimmy Dorsey to do as much with any of this as he would have in his prime, six or seven years later, but this is a fun collection with decent sound, marred only occasional by surface noise.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/1994
Label:
Asv Living Era
UPC:
0743625505221
catalogNumber:
5052

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Bobby Byrne   Trombone,Vocals,Track Performer
Ray McKinley   Drums,Vocals,Track Performer
Freddie Slack   Piano
Tutti Camarata   Trumpet
Toots Camarata   Trumpet
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Charlie Frazier   Tenor Saxophone
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Tenor Saxophone
Roc Hillman   Guitar,Vocals
Fud Livingston   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Don Mattison   Trombone,Vocals,Track Performer
Joe Meyer   Trumpet
Jack Ryan   Bass
Bruce Squires   Trombone
Jack Stacey   Alto Saxophone
Slim Taft   Bass
George Thow   Trumpet
Bobby Van Eps   Piano
Leonard Whitney   Alto Saxophone
Frances Langford   Vocals,Track Performer
Joe Yukl   Trombone
Billy Thorpe   Guitar

Technical Credits

Johnny Burke   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
John Tracy   Liner Notes
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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