Stringing the Blues

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Violinist Joe Venuti and guitarist Eddie Lang were among the most innovative and popular jazz musicians of the 1920s and early '30s. Often partnered in musical situations, either as a duo or as members of a larger group, these two string wizards revolutionized the role of their instruments in improvisational music. This eye-opening collection brings together choice examples of their brilliant work, and in doing so, also features many other significant jazz figures of the age. Wonderfully adaptable musicians who were equally at home playing jazz, pop, blues, or classical music, Venuti and Lang were studio stalwarts until the guitarist’s untimely death in 1932. They ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Violinist Joe Venuti and guitarist Eddie Lang were among the most innovative and popular jazz musicians of the 1920s and early '30s. Often partnered in musical situations, either as a duo or as members of a larger group, these two string wizards revolutionized the role of their instruments in improvisational music. This eye-opening collection brings together choice examples of their brilliant work, and in doing so, also features many other significant jazz figures of the age. Wonderfully adaptable musicians who were equally at home playing jazz, pop, blues, or classical music, Venuti and Lang were studio stalwarts until the guitarist’s untimely death in 1932. They have never really received the credit they deserve, and this collection can only bring more attention to their extraordinary artistry.
All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This two-LP set reissued on CD by Koch in 2000 contains a definitive cross-section of the recordings of violinist Joe Venuti and guitarist Eddie Lang. The 32 performances include everything from duets and a few of Lang's meetings with fellow guitarist Lonnie Johnson to examples of Joe Venuti's Blue Four and guest appearances with singer Annette Hanshaw, Clarence Williams, Tommy Dorsey on trumpet!, and Bing Crosby on a hot "Some of these Days". Virtually all of these recordings are superb, with solos also heard from bass saxophonist Adrian Rollini, Don Murray on clarinet and baritone, cornetist King Oliver, the C-melody sax of Frankie Trumbauer, and Jimmy Dorsey switching among clarinet, alto, and cornet. Highly recommended for all collections.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2000
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923788829
  • Catalog Number: 7888

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Goin' Places - Joe Venuti (2:58)
  2. 2 Doin' Things - Joe Venuti (2:52)
  3. 3 Perfect - Joe Venuti (3:04)
  4. 4 Cheese and Crackers - Joe Venuti (2:59)
  5. 5 Stringin' the Blues - Joe Venuti (2:37)
  6. 6 I'm Somebody's Somebody Now - Joe Venuti (3:09)
  7. 7 Two-Tone Stomp - Joe Venuti (3:03)
  8. 8 Beatin' the Dog - Joe Venuti (2:41)
  9. 9 The Wild Dog - Joe Venuti (2:45)
  10. 10 Dinah - Joe Venuti (2:51)
  11. 11 In the Bottle Blues - Joe Venuti (2:52)
  12. 12 Wild Cat - Joe Venuti (2:59)
  13. 13 Guitar Blues - Joe Venuti (3:21)
  14. 14 Bull Frog Moan - Joe Venuti (3:19)
  15. 15 Jet Black Blues - Joe Venuti (3:04)
  16. 16 Penn Beach Blues - Joe Venuti (2:45)
Disc 2
  1. 1 It's Right Here for You - Joe Venuti (3:10)
  2. 2 You Can't Cheat on a Cheater - Joe Venuti (2:59)
  3. 3 Tiger Rag - Joe Venuti (2:52)
  4. 4 A Handful of Riffs - Joe Venuti (3:07)
  5. 5 Running Ragged - Joe Venuti (3:10)
  6. 6 Pardon Me, Pretty Baby - Joe Venuti (3:07)
  7. 7 I'll Never Be the Same - Joe Venuti (3:12)
  8. 8 I've Found a New Baby - Joe Venuti (3:09)
  9. 9 Little Girl - Joe Venuti (3:00)
  10. 10 I Got Rhythm - Joe Venuti (3:15)
  11. 11 I Wanna Count Sheep (Till the Cows Come Home) - Joe Venuti (3:25)
  12. 12 Church Street Sobbin' Blues - Joe Venuti (3:03)
  13. 13 Vibraphonia - Joe Venuti (2:49)
  14. 14 Hey! Young Fella - Joe Venuti (3:07)
  15. 15 Some of These Days - Joe Venuti (2:37)
  16. 16 Raggin' the Scale - Joe Venuti (3:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang Primary Artist
Joe Venuti Indexed Contributor, Bass, Violin
Lonnie Johnson Guitar
Bing Crosby Trumpet
Annette Hanshaw Vocals
Eddie Lang Guitar
King Oliver Cornet
Adrian Rollini Piano, Goofus, Bass Saxophone, Vibes
Frankie Trumbauer Bassoon, C-Melody Saxophone
Harold Arlen Vocals
Vic Berton Cymbals, Timpani
Rube Bloom Piano
Jimmy Dorsey Clarinet, Cornet, Alto Saxophone
Tommy Dorsey Trumpet
Blind Willie Dunn Piano, Vocals
Lennie Hayton Piano
Stan King Drums
Manny Klein Trumpet
Arthur Schutt Piano, Harmonium
Clarence Williams Piano
Dick McDonough Guitar
Justin Ring Percussion, Chimes, Cymbals
Joe Tarto Tuba
Phil Wall Piano
Don Murray Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Williams Bass
Technical Credits
Lonnie Johnson Composer
Eddie Lang Composer, Piano Accompanist
Joe Venuti Composer
Eddie Edwards Composer
Nick LaRocca Composer
Adrian Rollini Sound Effects
Frankie Trumbauer Composer
Lennie Hayton Composer
Henry W. Ragas Composer
Tony Sbarbaro Composer
Larry Shields Composer
Frank Signorelli Composer, Piano Accompanist
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Donald Elfman Reissue Producer
Jeff Krassner Composer
Joe Young Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Ed Claypoole Composer
Harry Da Costa Composer
Richard DuPage Liner Notes
Billy Rose Composer
Jack Meskill Composer
Antonio Sbarbaro Composer
Edwin Edwards Composer
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