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Swingin' Down the Lane [Living Era]

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
At its best the Isham Jones Orchestra was capable of playing real jazz. The strongest and hottest instrumental tracks woven into this Memphis Archives compilation emanate a substantiality approaching that of early Fletcher Henderson or very early Duke Ellington. "Farewell Blues" and "Memphis Blues," recorded in January 1923, swing a little on the strength of the melodies. Even "I'm Sitting on Top of the World" not to be confused with the blues tune by Howlin' Wolf cooks with inspired precision. "It's the Blues" and "Three Thirty Blues" are among the best recordings this band ever made. Most satisfying was the expressive cornet playing of Louis Panico, an element that was ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
At its best the Isham Jones Orchestra was capable of playing real jazz. The strongest and hottest instrumental tracks woven into this Memphis Archives compilation emanate a substantiality approaching that of early Fletcher Henderson or very early Duke Ellington. "Farewell Blues" and "Memphis Blues," recorded in January 1923, swing a little on the strength of the melodies. Even "I'm Sitting on Top of the World" not to be confused with the blues tune by Howlin' Wolf cooks with inspired precision. "It's the Blues" and "Three Thirty Blues" are among the best recordings this band ever made. Most satisfying was the expressive cornet playing of Louis Panico, an element that was missing after September 1924. Panico's contribution to this band was roughly comparable to what Louis Metcalf, Arthur Whetsol, and Bubber Miley accomplished on some of Ellington's earliest recordings. Another aspect of Isham Jones is also documented here: it was essentially that of a pit orchestra accustomed to backing up pop vocalists and vaudeville entertainers. Bearing in mind the fact that this orchestra worked regularly with Al Jolson, the selections featuring singers -- particularly Billy Jones and Ernest Hare, usually billed as The Happiness Boys -- illustrate this important function most effectively. Even quite a number of the instrumental performances are noticeably reined in by shuffle rhythms that hardly manage to break free of the vaudevillian pop mode. This might explain why many jazz historians have concentrated on Isham Jones the composer of great melodies destined to become jazz standards rather than on Isham Jones the leader of an all-purpose popular dance band that periodically incorporated real jazz into its performing itinerary.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2005
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625532029
  • Catalog Number: 5320

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Swingin' Down the Lane - The Orchestra (3:16)
  2. 2 Wasbash Blues - The Orchestra (2:59)
  3. 3 The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise - The Orchestra (3:04)
  4. 4 Who's Sorry Now? - The Orchestra (3:12)
  5. 5 The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else - The Orchestra (2:45)
  6. 6 California Here I Come - The Orchestra (3:10)
  7. 7 Spain - The Orchestra (3:06)
  8. 8 Some Other Day, Some Other Girl - The Orchestra (2:54)
  9. 9 I'll See You in My Dreams - The Orchestra (2:51)
  10. 10 Remember - The Orchestra (3:12)
  11. 11 Together, We Two - The Orchestra (3:01)
  12. 12 Stardust - The Orchestra (3:25)
  13. 13 Sweet Georgia Brown - The Orchestra (3:04)
  14. 14 Lazy Day - The Orchestra (2:59)
  15. 15 A Sentimental Gentleman from Georgia - The Orchestra (3:04)
  16. 16 Blue Prelude - The Orchestra (2:58)
  17. 17 Junk Man - The Orchestra (2:39)
  18. 18 For All We Know - The Orchestra (2:55)
  19. 19 Life Belongs When You're in Love - The Orchestra (2:32)
  20. 20 No Greater Love - The Orchestra (2:59)
  21. 21 Stompin' at the Savoy (2:47)
  22. 22 I Wanna Be in Winchell's Column - The Orchestra (2:55)
  23. 23 I'll Never Have to Dream Again - The Orchestra (2:57)
  24. 24 It Had to Be You - The Orchestra (2:54)
  25. 25 On the Alamo - The Orchestra (3:23)
  26. 26 You've Got Me Crying Again - The Orchestra (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Isham Jones Primary Artist
Bing Crosby Vocals
Woody Herman Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Vocals
Al Jolson Vocals
Jack Jenney Trombone
Miff Mole Trombone
Harry Reser Banjo
Frankie Trumbauer Cornet
Red Ballard Trombone
Rube Bloom Piano
Buddy DeSylva Ukeke
Bud Graham Trombone
Ray Michaels Drums
Eddie Stone Violin, Vocals
George Thow Trumpet
George Walters Trumpet
Clarence Willard Trumpet
Milt Yaner Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Victor Young Violin
Roy Bargy Piano
Chelsea Quealey Trumpet
Joe Frank Drums
Bobby Lee Jones Trumpet
Curt Massey Vocals
Joe Bishop Flugelhorn
Tommy Satterfield Piano
Don Watt Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Gil Bowers Piano
Alfie Evans Clarinet, Violin, Alto Saxophone
Frank Bessinger Vocals
Guy Carey Trombone
Wendell Delory Trombone
Victor Hauprich Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Russ Jenner Trombone
Richard Kissinger Tuba
Tom Stacks Drums
George Wartner Guitar
Dan Yates Violin
Tommy Moore Guitar
Larry Abbott Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Tony Zimmers Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Ward Archer Drums
Andy Sannella Slide Guitar
Billy Richards Tenor Saxophone
Al Mauling Clarinet, Oboe, Alto Saxophone
Pierre Olker Bass
Artie Vanasec Violin, Saxophone
Harold "Hal" Smith Piano
Johnny Dillard Trumpet
Charles McNeill Banjo
Louis Panico Conductor
John Kuhn Tuba
Carroll Martin Trombone
Leo Murphy Violin
Roy Johnston Trumpet
Walter Lageson Drums
Sonny Lee Trombone
Charles Rocco Trumpet
Louis Cassagne Bass, Tuba
Art Layfield Drums
Andy Sindelar Trombone
The Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Woody Herman Contributor
Gordon Jenkins Composer
Al Jolson Composer
Harry Reser Contributor
Chick Webb Composer
Ben Bernie Composer
Lew Brown Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Isham Jones Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Marty Symes Composer
Joseph Meyer Composer
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Composer
Joe Bishop Composer
Mark Ranshaw Cover Photo
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Kenneth Casey Composer
Victor Schertzinger Composer
Harry Revel Composer
Ernest Seitz Composer
Charles Newman Composer
Fred Meinken Composer
Louis Panico Contributor
George Posford Composer
Gerry Stonestreet Liner Notes
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