Radio Rhythm

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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
This is the first album Don Neely's San Francisco-based Royal Society Jazz Orchestra founded in November 1975 cut for the Circle label. The play list is filled with gems that were heard during the halcyon days when radio was the major family entertainment. Part of that entertainment was the broadcast of the kinds of music heard on this album, either remotes from hotel ballrooms and restaurants or through regularly sponsored broadcasts. Using arrangements that are the same or similar to those used by the bands of the '20s, '30s, and '40s, Neely's band has an air of authenticity about it that is unsurpassed by others playing nostalgia music. This album recreates the music of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
This is the first album Don Neely's San Francisco-based Royal Society Jazz Orchestra founded in November 1975 cut for the Circle label. The play list is filled with gems that were heard during the halcyon days when radio was the major family entertainment. Part of that entertainment was the broadcast of the kinds of music heard on this album, either remotes from hotel ballrooms and restaurants or through regularly sponsored broadcasts. Using arrangements that are the same or similar to those used by the bands of the '20s, '30s, and '40s, Neely's band has an air of authenticity about it that is unsurpassed by others playing nostalgia music. This album recreates the music of such popular figures of the times as Fletcher Henderson "Radio Rhythm", Benny Goodman and Helen Ward "Throwin' Stones at the Sun", and Libby Holman "Moanin' Low". To his credit, Neely has avoided the temptation to stick with those tunes that have survived and become entries in the Great American Songbook. There are novelty tunes here that have not seen the light of day for quite a while. Listen to Carla Normand do "Swing, Mister Charlie" made popular by Judy Garland with Bob Crosby & His Orchestra. The band is well-versed in the syncopated rhythms that were popular during those days. Carla Normand does the bulk of the vocalizing with poise and assurance. Leader Neely, in addition to playing all the reeds, chips in with 1930s-style warbling on tunes like "Honolulu Baby." This album is a lot of fun and is recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/1994
  • Label: Circle
  • UPC: 762247412724
  • Catalog Number: 127
  • Sales rank: 249,618

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Goin' to Town - Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (3:08)
  2. 2 Hello, Beautiful! - Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (3:59)
  3. 3 Love Is Good for Anything That Ails You - Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (3:47)
  4. 4 'Tain't So, Honey, 'Tain't So - Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (2:52)
  5. 5 When It's Sleepy Time Down South - Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (3:32)
  6. 6 Thumpin' and Bumpin' - Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (3:09)
  7. 7 Honolulu Baby - Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (2:45)
  8. 8 Moanin' Low - Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (4:19)
  9. 9 Mood Hollywood - Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (3:31)
  10. 10 Sentimental Gentleman from Georgia - Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (3:29)
  11. 11 Tain't No Sin (To Take off Your Skin and Dance Around in Your Bones) - Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (3:15)
  12. 12 Slumming on Park Avenue - Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (2:34)
  13. 13 Throwin' Stones at the Sun - Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (5:02)
  14. 14 Three Little Words - Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (3:08)
  15. 15 Radio Rhythm - Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (2:54)
  16. 16 How Deep Is the Ocean? - Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (3:54)
  17. 17 Swing, Mister Charlie - Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (3:45)
  18. 18 I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (3:01)
  19. 19 Big John's Special - Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (3:18)
  20. 20 Lazy Bones - Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (4:53)
  21. 21 Do the New York - Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (2:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Don Neely's Royal Society Six Primary Artist
Don Neely Indexed Contributor, Clarinet, Leader, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Vocals
Frank Davis Trumpet, Cornet
Carla Normand Vocals
Steve Appel Drums
Jeff Wells Bass, Tuba, String Bass
Mark Warren Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Dix Bruce Banjo, Guitar
Lin Patch Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Frederick Hodges Piano, Vocals, Orchestra Bells
Cal Abbot Bassoon
Kent Mikasa Cornet
Jon Schermer Trombone
Technical Credits
Horace Henderson Arranger
Don Neely Liner Notes, Cover Art
Carla Normand Cover Art
Bill Challis Arranger
Michael Cogan Engineer
George H. Buck Jr. Producer, Liner Notes
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