Rhythm of the Day

Rhythm of the Day

by Red Nichols & His Five Pennies
     
 
New York in the 1920s had its own jazz sound. With careful arrangements, meticulous execution, and instrumental virtuosity taking precedence over rhythmic abandon, the New York School -- itself made up primarily of white players whose chief source of income was studio and Broadway pit work -- produced music of a distinctly different flavor from that of the New Orleans

Overview

New York in the 1920s had its own jazz sound. With careful arrangements, meticulous execution, and instrumental virtuosity taking precedence over rhythmic abandon, the New York School -- itself made up primarily of white players whose chief source of income was studio and Broadway pit work -- produced music of a distinctly different flavor from that of the New Orleans-based sounds coming out of Chicago. Synonymous with the New York sound was Red Nichols, a skilled trumpeter whose recordings featured some of the city's most accomplished players. Ranging over Nichols sides from 1925 to 1932, RHYTHM OF THE DAY lets us hear such notable New York players as trombonist Miff Mole, saxophonist Jimmy Dorsey, guitarists Carl Kress and Dick McDonohugh, bass saxophonist Adrian Rollini, and clarinetist Benny Goodman in all their early glory. Such pieces as "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Eccentric," "Cornfed," and "There'll Come a Time" cast fascinating light on a corner of jazz just beginning to receive the belated attention it deserves.

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Originally released in 1983 and reissued in 1992, Rhythm of the Day appears to have been among the first Red Nichols compilations ever to appear on compact disc. The 20 recordings, which appear in nearly chronological sequence, date from the years 1927-1932. These relics are beautifully remastered and the overall selection is superb. A native of Ogden, UT, Loring "Red" Nichols worked as a sessionman in countless studio orchestras and dance bands for many years prior to his rapid rise to fame as a popular bandleader during the mid-'20s. "Rhythm of the Day" was recorded in October of 1925 by saxophonist Ross Gorman & His Earl Carroll Orchestra. "Alexander's Ragtime Band," the "Original Dixieland One-Step," and the "Honolulu Blues" were performed by trombonist Miff Mole's Molers. Most of the remaining records were issued under the banner of Red Nichols & His Five Pennies, a snappy moniker invented by someone at Brunswick and casually assigned to ensembles whose lineup could amount to as many as six, eight, nine, or twelve players. Nichols' cohorts during this period included Mole, multi-instrumentalist Adrian Rollini, reedmen Jimmy Dorsey, Pee Wee Russell, and Fud Livingston; guitarists Dick McDonough, Eddie Lang, and Carl Kress; pianist Arthur Schutt, and innovative drummer Vic Berton. The scat vocal on "Harlem Twist" is by drummer Chauncey Morehouse, "Waiting for the Evening Mail" is sung by trumpeter Johnny Davis, and trumpeter Wingy Manone sings "Corrine Corrina" backed by a terrific troupe that included future bandleaders Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa. This excellent Red Nichols sampler is quite similar to ASV/Living Era's 26-track retrospective, That's a Bargain! which appeared in 2005. It's a shame that the producers didn't treat the later edition as a sequel to the first, as the two albums have 11 titles in common. Another way to feast upon Nichols' recorded output is to acquire each of his entries in the Classics Chronological Series, although either of both of Living Era's samplers are still the ideal way to get to know the work of this prolific early jazzman.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/1994
Label:
Asv Living Era
UPC:
0743625502527
catalogNumber:
5025

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Performance Credits

Red Nichols & His Five Pennies   Primary Artist
Will Bradley   Trombone
Benny Goodman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone,Multi Instruments
Gene Krupa   Drums
Eddie Lang   Guitar
Pee Wee Russell   Clarinet
Joe Venuti   Violin
Red Nichols   Trumpet,Conductor,Cornet
Carl Kress   Guitar
Wingy Manone   Trumpet,Vocals
Miff Mole   Trombone,Track Performer
Adrian Rollini   Baritone Saxophone
Babe Russin   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Teagarden   Trumpet
Artie Bernstein   Bass Saxophone
Vic Berton   Drums
Tony Colicchio   Guitar
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Vic Engle   Drums
Lennie Hayton   Piano,Cello
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Donald Lindley   Trumpet
Fud Livingston   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Multi Instruments
Glenn Miller   Trombone
Chauncey Morehouse   Drums,Vocals,Multi Instruments,Vibes,scat
Arthur Schutt   Piano
Tony Starr   Banjo
Murray Kellner   Violin
Dick McDonough   Banjo,Guitar
Jack Russin   Piano
Fulton McGrath   Piano
Art Miller   Bass Saxophone
Ruby Weinstein   Trumpet
Johnny Davis   Trumpet,Vocals
Ross Gorman   Clarinet,Leader,Alto Saxophone,Baritone,Multi Instruments
Alfie Evans   Clarinet,Violin,Alto Saxophone,Multi Instruments
Leo McConville   Trumpet
Barney Acquelina   Baritone Saxophone
Dudley Fosdick   Mellophonium
David Grupp   Drums
Nick Koupoukis   Flute,Piccolo
James Kozak   Trumpet
Billy McGill   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Saul Sharrow   Violin
Edgar Fairchild   Piano
Milton Susskind   Piano
Donald Lindley   Trumpet
Miff Mole's Molers   Track Performer
Red Nichols & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Victor Engle   Drums
Jack Harris   Violin

Technical Credits

Nick LaRocca   Composer
Lennie Hayton   Arranger
Joe Jordan   Composer
Fud Livingston   Arranger
Dave Nelson   Composer
Kevin Daly   Producer
Brian Rust   Liner Notes
Russell Robinson   Composer
Jesse Stafford   Composer
Herb Wiedoeft   Composer
Charley Straight   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer

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