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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Living Era proudly presents a posthumous portrait of sweet bandleader Richard Himber, a fixture at various New York hotels and over the airwaves during the '30s. This excellent compilation rescues from obscurity 27 recordings cut between 1933 and 1941 for the Vocalion, "Victor" and Decca labels. Himber played the violin; his orchestra contained a striking number of talented musicians, some of them destined for careers as leaders in their own right. Familiar names include trumpeters Bunny Berigan and Blue Barron, clarinetists Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, trombonists Jerry Colonna and Tommy Dorsey and vibraphonist Adrian Rollini. Vocalists heard on this collection are Joey...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Living Era proudly presents a posthumous portrait of sweet bandleader Richard Himber, a fixture at various New York hotels and over the airwaves during the '30s. This excellent compilation rescues from obscurity 27 recordings cut between 1933 and 1941 for the Vocalion, "Victor" and Decca labels. Himber played the violin; his orchestra contained a striking number of talented musicians, some of them destined for careers as leaders in their own right. Familiar names include trumpeters Bunny Berigan and Blue Barron, clarinetists Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, trombonists Jerry Colonna and Tommy Dorsey and vibraphonist Adrian Rollini. Vocalists heard on this collection are Joey Nash, Stuart Allen, Libby Holman and Mary Martin. This was a sweet band with moderate jazz overtones. Highlights include lovely renditions of Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady" and "Prelude to a Kiss"; and most intriguingly a theme by Polish composer Ignaz Paderewski, reworked by Raymond Scott and retitled "Minuet in Jazz." Living Era has given the world a delightful tribute to a relatively overlooked master of pleasantly polite musical entertainment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2004
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625544022
  • Catalog Number: 5440

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Himber Primary Artist, Violin
Bunny Berigan Trumpet
Benny Goodman Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Artie Shaw Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Adrian Rollini Celeste, Vibes
Blue Barron Trombone
Jerry Colonna Trombone
Godfrey Hirsch Vibes
Mary Martin Vocals
Jimmy Roselli Trumpet
Stuart Allen Vocals
Jess Carneol Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
David Levy Piano
John McGee Trumpet
Lou Raderman Violin
Milt Yaner Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Paul Ricci Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Melvin "Red" Solomon Trumpet
Pete Pumiglio Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Jack Kimmel Bass
Sid Stoneburn Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Frank Victor Guitar
Ruby Weinstein Trumpet
Libby Holman Vocals
Lloyd Turner Trombone
Charlie Margulis Trumpet
Haig Stephens Bass
Ernie Capozzi Guitar
Harry Patent Bass
Samuel Persoff Violin
Walter Mercurio Trombone
Nat Levine Drums
Irving Zir Violin
Jack Lacy Trombone
John Dilliard Trumpet
John Sadola Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Yascha Zayde Violin
Sam Amoroso Harp
Herman Wolfson Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Joey Nash Vocals
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Ignace Jan Paderewski Composer
Billy Hill Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Al Jolson Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Arthur Freed Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Bud Green Composer
Johnny Green Composer
John Hadden Remastering
Will Hudson Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Charles F. Kenny Composer
Nick Kenny Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Vincent Rose Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Raymond Scott Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Victor Young Composer
Gene Gifford Composer
Richard Himber Composer
Carmen Lombardo Composer
Mark Ranshaw Cover Art
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Edgar Leslie Composer
Harry Revel Composer
Lou Handman Composer
Walter Hirsch Composer
Frank Perkins Composer
Harry Tobias Composer
Sylvester Sprigato Composer
Percy Wenrich Composer
Joe Burke Composer
Paul F. Roth Liner Notes
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