The Columbia House Bands: Ben Selvin, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
During the early years of the Depression, bandleader Ben Selvin who was very prolific in general during a 15-year period led an enormous quantity of jazz-influenced dance band recording dates. The TOM label's second Ben Selvin CD is, if anything, even better than their first. There are short spots on some selections for clarinetist Benny Goodman, trombonist and, in one case, scat singer Jack Teagarden, trombonist Tommy Dorsey, and trumpeters Leo McConville and Manny Klein, plus vocals from Eddie Walters, Irving Kaufman, Smith Ballew and Helen Rowland, among others. Although the jazz aspects of the music are not dominant, the arrangements swing well for the period, the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
During the early years of the Depression, bandleader Ben Selvin who was very prolific in general during a 15-year period led an enormous quantity of jazz-influenced dance band recording dates. The TOM label's second Ben Selvin CD is, if anything, even better than their first. There are short spots on some selections for clarinetist Benny Goodman, trombonist and, in one case, scat singer Jack Teagarden, trombonist Tommy Dorsey, and trumpeters Leo McConville and Manny Klein, plus vocals from Eddie Walters, Irving Kaufman, Smith Ballew and Helen Rowland, among others. Although the jazz aspects of the music are not dominant, the arrangements swing well for the period, the singing is tolerable, and the 23 selections bring back the atmosphere of the times. Among the better selections are "The Free and Easy," "'Tain't No Sin," "Thank Your Father," "I'm In the Market for You" and "Cheerful Little Earful." This hot dance band style has often been overlooked in jazz history books, so it is good that at least some of the countless performances of Ben Selvin's ensembles have been made available to today's listeners.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/1998
  • Label: Old Masters
  • UPC: 705283011728
  • Catalog Number: 117
  • Sales rank: 92,126

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Free and Easy - Ben Selvin (3:10)
  2. 2 Smile, Darn Ya, Smile - Sunshine Boys (2:54)
  3. 3 Why? - Ben Selvin (2:50)
  4. 4 Mona - Irving Kaufman (3:07)
  5. 5 Do Ya Love Me? (Just a Tiny Bit, Do Ya?) - Ben Selvin (3:11)
  6. 6 Why Do You Suppose? - Ben Selvin (3:10)
  7. 7 I Miss a Little Miss (Who Misses Me in Sunny Tennessee) - Ben Selvin (3:00)
  8. 8 Do Ya Love Me? (Just a Tiny Bit, Do Ya?) - Ben Selvin (3:04)
  9. 9 'Tain't No Sin - Irving Kaufman (3:11)
  10. 10 Thank Your Father - Ben Selvin (3:17)
  11. 11 When I Am Housekeeping for You - Ben Selvin (2:56)
  12. 12 Let Me Sing and I'm Happy - Ben Selvin (3:37)
  13. 13 Thank Your Father - Ben Selvin (3:18)
  14. 14 I'm in the Market for You - Ben Selvin (3:27)
  15. 15 The Whole Darned Thing's for You - Ben Selvin (3:33)
  16. 16 Why Have You Forgotten Waikiki? - Ben Selvin (3:14)
  17. 17 My Man from Caroline - Eva Taylor (2:57)
  18. 18 I'm in the Market for You - Ben Selvin (3:32)
  19. 19 The Free and Easy - Ben Selvin (3:08)
  20. 20 Cheerful Little Earful - Helen Rowland (3:23)
  21. 21 The Whole Darned Thing's for You (3:25)
  22. 22 It's Easy to Fall in Love - Ben Selvin (3:13)
  23. 23 You Said It - Helen Rowland (3:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ben Selvin Orchestra Primary Artist
Ben Selvin Indexed Contributor, Violin
Benny Goodman Clarinet
Jack Teagarden Tuba, scat
Carl Kress Banjo, Guitar
Joe Mooney Vocals
Adrian Rollini Baritone Saxophone
The Knickerbockers Vocals
Rube Bloom Piano
Tony Colucci Banjo, Guitar
Jimmy Dorsey Clarinet
Tommy Dorsey Tuba
Tommy Fellini Banjo, Guitar
Stan King Drums
Moran Piano
Arthur Schutt Piano
Lucien Smith Clarinet
Eva Taylor Vocals
Dick McDonough Banjo, Guitar
Joe Tarto Bass
Hymie Wolfson Table Steel
Hank Stern Bass
Jack Hansen Bass
Louis Martin Clarinet
Smith Ballew Vocals
Irving Kaufman Vocals
Norman McPherson Bass
Sunshine Boys Track Performer
Irving Brodsky Piano
Leo McConville Trumpet
Bob Effros Trumpet
Tommy Gott Trumpet
Mike Mosiello Trumpet
Larry Abbott Clarinet
Andy Sannella Clarinet
Fred Farrar Trumpet
Eddie Walters Vocals
Merle Johnston Clarinet
Helen Rowland Vocals, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
John R.T. Davies Transfer Assistant
Cornell Smelser Piano Accompanist
James F. Hanley Composer
Jack Maskill Composer
Randy Skretvedt Liner Notes
Joseph McCarthy Composer
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