Retro-Specht (1925-1931)

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Violinist Paul Specht started leading bands in 1916, and throughout the 1920s and first half of the '30s, his orchestra was popular. Specht's ensemble performed and recorded regularly, being more of a dance band than a jazz ensemble. A small group taken out of his orchestra, the Georgians, was very jazz-oriented and featured the underrated trumpeter Frank Guarante as early as 1922. However the music on this CD is taken from a slightly later period. Reversing the trend of most other groups of the time, Specht's records of 1925-1928 are generally less interesting than his early Depression performances of 1929-1931. In fact, the numbers included here from the mid-'20s often ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Violinist Paul Specht started leading bands in 1916, and throughout the 1920s and first half of the '30s, his orchestra was popular. Specht's ensemble performed and recorded regularly, being more of a dance band than a jazz ensemble. A small group taken out of his orchestra, the Georgians, was very jazz-oriented and featured the underrated trumpeter Frank Guarante as early as 1922. However the music on this CD is taken from a slightly later period. Reversing the trend of most other groups of the time, Specht's records of 1925-1928 are generally less interesting than his early Depression performances of 1929-1931. In fact, the numbers included here from the mid-'20s often are a bit corny, have unswinging phrasing and leave one waiting in vain for a hot solo after an insipid vocal. By 1929, the occasional hot solo was included and the ensembles swung a bit more, so the final dozen selections are of greatest interest, being fine hot dance music. Retro-Specht, although not essential, should interest 1920s dance band collectors.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2003
  • Label: Vintage Music Prod.
  • UPC: 725543212122
  • Catalog Number: 121

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Specht Primary Artist, Violin
Artie Shaw Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Charlie Spivak Trumpet
Roy Smeck Banjo
Ernest Warren Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Billy Wolfe Bowed Bass
Charlie Butterfield Trombone
Al Philburn Trombone
Larry Alpeter Trombone
Bob Chester Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Leo McConville Trumpet
Jack Cressey Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Phil Wall Piano
Sylvester Ahola Trumpet
Larry Abbott Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Foster Morehouse Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Joe Lindwurm Trumpet
Thurlow Darrow Bowed Bass
Frank Kilduff Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Lou Calabrese Banjo
Johnny Morris Drums, Vocals
Technical Credits
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Paul Burgess Liner Notes, Label Design
Dorothy Fields Composer
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