Swinging Down the Lane [Memphis Archives]

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...
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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: 11/21/1995
  • Label: Memphis Archives
  • UPC: 781371701429
  • Catalog Number: 7014

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Farewell Blues (3:13)
  2. 2 Memphis Blues (3:03)
  3. 3 Nobody's Sweetheart (3:09)
  4. 4 Blue Evening Blues (3:07)
  5. 5 It Had to Be You (3:00)
  6. 6 My Best Girl (3:08)
  7. 7 Why Couldn't It Be Poor Little Me? - Isham Jones & His Orchestra (3:01)
  8. 8 I'll See You in My Dreams - Isham Jones & His Orchestra (2:52)
  9. 9 Danger (3:04)
  10. 10 Headin' for Home (2:38)
  11. 11 Paddelin' Madeline Home (3:08)
  12. 12 That Certain Party (2:59)
  13. 13 I'm Sitting on Top of the World (2:59)
  14. 14 I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight (3:12)
  15. 15 It's the Blues (3:02)
  16. 16 Three-Thirty Blues (2:54)
  17. 17 What's the Use? (2:58)
  18. 18 Swingin' Down the Lane (2:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Isham Jones Primary Artist, Conductor, Leader, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Miller Banjo
Bud Graham Trombone
Isham Jones & His Orchestra Track Performer
Frankie Quartell Trumpet
Victor Young Violin
Roy Bargy Piano
Joe Frank Drums
Billy Jones Vocals
Ernest Hare Vocals
Guy Carey Trombone
Frank Sylvano Vocals
Al Mauling Clarinet
Artie Vanasec Soprano Saxophone
Charles McNeill Banjo
Louis Panico Cornet
Carroll Martin Trombone
Leo Murphy Violin
Technical Credits
W.C. Handy Composer
Rich Caughron Engineer, Mastering
Leanne Ellis Art Direction
Richard Hite Producer
Isham Jones Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Eddie Dattel Executive Producer
George Norton Composer
Pierre Olker Brass Band
James Parten Liner Notes
John Kuhn Brass Band
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