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Stardust Melody
     

Stardust Melody

by Hoagy Carmichael
 
Stardust Melody, RCA's first document of Hoagy Carmichael's rich, folksy songwriting and gentle vocal artistry in over ten years, does near-perfect work of balancing great performances by Carmichael the endearing vocalist with several outside versions familiar to those who know his pop songbook. First, it leads off with an expressive solo performance of "Star

Overview

Stardust Melody, RCA's first document of Hoagy Carmichael's rich, folksy songwriting and gentle vocal artistry in over ten years, does near-perfect work of balancing great performances by Carmichael the endearing vocalist with several outside versions familiar to those who know his pop songbook. First, it leads off with an expressive solo performance of "Star Dust" from 1933, then collects a pair of early (and unreleased) Carmichael performances ("Rockin' Chair," "March of the Hoodlums"). Bix Beiderbecke, an early friend (and the inspiration for "Star Dust"), appears with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra on one of his earliest compositions, "Washboard Blues." Other guests include Mildred Bailey singing "Rockin' Chair" (a song more associated with her than with Carmichael) and "Georgia on My Mind," Earl Hines & His Orchestra polishing "Skylark" with a refined reading from Billy Eckstine, Ethel Waters on "Old Man Harlem," and close to the top, Hot Lips Page on an ebullient version of "Small Fry" from 1938. Compiler Dick Sudhalter -- author of the Carmichael biography and recorder of an album tribute -- did an authoritative job bringing the diverse talents of an individual jazz voice (both vocal and compositional) to the fore in this excellent compilation.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2002
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266390922
catalogNumber:
63909

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Mildred Bailey   Vocals
Danny Barker   Guitar
Steve Brown   Bass
Billy Eckstine   Vocals
Bud Freeman   Tenor Saxophone
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Bobby Hackett   Cornet
Earl Hines   Piano
Budd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Gene Krupa   Drums
Red Norvo   Xylophone
Jack Teagarden   Trombone,Vocals
Joe Venuti   Violin
Ethel Waters   Vocals
Paul Whiteman   Track Performer
Dick Cary   Piano
Tyree Glenn   Trombone
Bob Haggart   Bass
Peanuts Hucko   Clarinet
Carl Kress   Guitar
Frankie Trumbauer   Alto Saxophone,C-Melody Saxophone
Helen Ward   Vocals
Harry Jackson   Trumpet
Roy Smeck   Guitar
Red McKenzie   Vocals
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet,Vocals
Sidney Arodin   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Reginald Beane   Piano
Bix Beiderbecke   Cornet
Artie Bernstein   Bass
Clifton Best   Guitar
Abe Bolar   Bass
Arnold Brillhardt   Alto Saxophone
Scoops Carey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Kurt Dieterle   Violin
George Dixon   Trumpet,Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Trumpet,Alto Saxophone
Harry Goodman   Bass
Chris Griffin   Trumpet
Milt Hinton   Bass
Joe Hudson   Drums
George Hunt   Trombone
Nate Kazebier   Trumpet
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Castor McCord   Clarinet
Murray McEachern   Trombone
Joe McLewis   Trombone
Jesse Miller   Trumpet
Hot Lips Page   Trumpet,Vocals
Truck Parham   Bass
William Randall   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Rank   Trombone
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Arthur Rollini   Tenor Saxophone
Mischa Russell   Violin
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Ben Smith   Saxophone
Jess Stacy   Piano
Alfred Taylor   Drums
Gerald Valentine   Trombone
Benny Waters   Saxophone
Harold Matthews   Trombone
Maurice McConnell   Trumpet
Roy Bargy   Piano
John Cordaro   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Jack Fulton   Trombone
Harry Goldfield   Trumpet
Matty Malneck   Violin,Conductor,Viola
Harold McDonald   Drums,Vibes
Mike Pingatore   Banjo,Guitar
Andy Secrest   Cornemeuse
Charles Strickfaden   Violin,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Harry White   Trombone
Benson Orchestra of Chicago   Track Performer
William DePew   Alto Saxophone
Boyce Cullen   Trombone
Chester Hazlett   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Nat Natoli   Trumpet
Ernie Powell   Saxophone
Wilbur Hall   Guitar
Ray Lodwig   Trumpet
Herb Quigley   Drums
Irving Brodsky   Piano,Celeste
Lee Howell   Trombone
Benny Williams   Saxophone
Rudolph Taylor   Drums
George Stevens   Trombone
Bob Moore   Trumpet
John Bowman   Violin
George Harper   Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Howell   Trumpet
George Marks   Piano
Francis Palmer   Bass
Ray McDermott   Clarinet
Eddie Wolfe   Violin
Sunny Clapp   Trombone
Dick Dickerson   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Arranger
Sidney Arodin   Composer
Bill Challis   Arranger
Barry Feldman   Producer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Gerald Valentine   Arranger
Dick Sudhalter   Liner Notes
Roy Bargy   Arranger
Don Bestor   Director
Joshua Sherman   Executive Producer
Fred B. Callahan   Composer

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