The Key Sessions 1931-1937

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
As if to make his best-known piece, "I Can't Get Started," particularly ironic, Bunny Berigan's heavy drinking and fast-paced lifestyle cut his life short in 1942 when he was only 33 years old, and all told, the swing trumpeter's recorded legacy doesn't even span a decade. Still, his incredible range on the instrument and his always beautiful tone have given him a deserved spot as one of the greatest trumpet players in the history of jazz. This five-disc, 124-track box from Britain's JSP Records collects Berigan's early work as a prized sideman through his later efforts as a bandleader, and includes sides from the Parlophone, Vocalion, and Brunswick labels, in effect ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
As if to make his best-known piece, "I Can't Get Started," particularly ironic, Bunny Berigan's heavy drinking and fast-paced lifestyle cut his life short in 1942 when he was only 33 years old, and all told, the swing trumpeter's recorded legacy doesn't even span a decade. Still, his incredible range on the instrument and his always beautiful tone have given him a deserved spot as one of the greatest trumpet players in the history of jazz. This five-disc, 124-track box from Britain's JSP Records collects Berigan's early work as a prized sideman through his later efforts as a bandleader, and includes sides from the Parlophone, Vocalion, and Brunswick labels, in effect duplicating the seven-disc Mosaic Records box set. The essentials are all here, including sessions with Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, the Boswell Sisters, Artie Shaw, Eddie Condon, Gene Krupa, Joe Venuti, and many others.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/2004
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065901721
  • Catalog Number: 917

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 When I Take My Sugar to Tea - Auburn, Frank & His Orchestra (3:12)
  2. 2 Rockin' Chair - Auburn, Frank & His Orchestra (3:05)
  3. 3 Building a Home for You - Bob Haring & His Orchestra (3:01)
  4. 4 At Your Command - Fred Rich & His Orchestra (3:16)
  5. 5 Pardon Me Pretty Baby - Fred Rich & His Orchestra (3:09)
  6. 6 On the Beach With You (3:05)
  7. 7 Love Letters in the Sand (1:41)
  8. 8 I Thank You Mister Moon - The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (2:47)
  9. 9 By the Sycamore Tree - The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (3:37)
  10. 10 Why Did It Have to Be Me? - The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (3:24)
  11. 11 How Long Will It Last (3:20)
  12. 12 Put That Sun Back in the Sky - The Boswell Sisters (3:13)
  13. 13 Put That Sun Back in the Sky - The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (2:57)
  14. 14 Too Many Tears (3:09)
  15. 15 Everybody Loves My Baby - The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (2:20)
  16. 16 Stop the Sun, Stop the Moon (3:17)
  17. 17 What Would You Do (2:52)
  18. 18 Face the Music Medley, Pt. 2 - Victor Young (4:10)
  19. 19 Sing a New Song (2:49)
  20. 20 I'm So in Love (2:55)
  21. 21 Gosh Darn! (2:44)
  22. 22 Crazy People (2:55)
  23. 23 If I Had My Way About My Sweetie (3:02)
  24. 24 Dream Sweetheart (2:39)
  25. 25 Lawd, You Made the Night Too Long (2:51)
Disc 2
  1. 1 My Lips Want Kisses - Connee Boswell (2:43)
  2. 2 Doggone, I've Done It - The Boswell Sisters (3:03)
  3. 3 How Do You Do It? - Abe Lyman (3:10)
  4. 4 Someone Stole Gabriel's Horn - The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (2:53)
  5. 5 Underneath the Harlem Moon - Chick Bullock (2:51)
  6. 6 Mighty River - Chick Bullock (2:52)
  7. 7 All American Girl (2:45)
  8. 8 Underneath the Harlem Moon (2:31)
  9. 9 What Would Happen to Me If Something Happened to You? - Will Osborne & His Orchestra (2:53)
  10. 10 I'll Never Have to Dream Again - Connee Boswell (3:03)
  11. 11 Me Minus You - Connee Boswell (2:58)
  12. 12 Sing (It's Good for You) - The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (2:45)
  13. 13 You'll Get By - Causer, Bob & His Cornellians (2:50)
  14. 14 Going Going Gone - Chick Bullock (3:03)
  15. 15 Low Down Upon the Harlem River - Chick Bullock (3:11)
  16. 16 You've Got Me Crying Again - Chick Bullock (3:04)
  17. 17 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues - Chick Bullock (2:49)
  18. 18 Mood Hollywood - The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (2:58)
  19. 19 Someone Stole Gabriel's Horn - The Dorsey Brothers (2:58)
  20. 20 Stay on the Right Side of the Road - The Dorsey Brothers (2:42)
  21. 21 Shim Sham Shimmy - The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (3:17)
  22. 22 Is That Religion? - The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (3:03)
  23. 23 You'll Never Get Up to Heaven That Way - Connee Boswell (3:04)
  24. 24 In a Little Second Hand Store - Connee Boswell (3:14)
  25. 25 Keep Looking Forward - Art Kahn & His Orchestra (2:41)
Disc 3
  1. 1 You've Got Everything - Adrian Rollini & His Orchestra (2:56)
  2. 2 Sweet Madness - Adrian Rollini & His Orchestra (2:54)
  3. 3 Savage Serenade - Adrian Rollini & His Orchestra (2:58)
  4. 4 She's Funny That Way - The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (2:59)
  5. 5 Coffee in the Morning, Kisses in the Night - Adrian Rollini & His Orchestra (2:48)
  6. 6 Sittin' on a Log - Adrian Rollini & His Orchestra (2:40)
  7. 7 I Raised My Hat - Adrian Rollini & His Orchestra (3:12)
  8. 8 She Reminds Me of You (2:57)
  9. 9 Judy - The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (2:57)
  10. 10 On Account'a I Love You (2:36)
  11. 11 Honeysuckle Rose - Red Norvo (2:52)
  12. 12 With All My Heart and Soul - Red Norvo (2:45)
  13. 13 Bughouse - Red Norvo (2:50)
  14. 14 Blues in E Flat - Red Norvo (2:59)
  15. 15 A Blues Serenade - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (2:49)
  16. 16 Moonlight on the Ganges - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (2:41)
  17. 17 In a Little Spanish Town - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (2:30)
  18. 18 Solo Hop - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (2:47)
  19. 19 What's the Reason? - The Mound City Blue Blowers (3:05)
  20. 20 She's a Latin from Manhattan - The Mound City Blue Blowers (2:59)
  21. 21 You've Been Taking Lessons in Love - The Mound City Blue Blowers (3:01)
  22. 22 (Back Home Again In) Indiana - The Mound City Blue Blowers (2:42)
  23. 23 I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket - Chick Bullock (2:49)
  24. 24 Sing an Old Fashioned Song - Chick Bullock (2:54)
  25. 25 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter - Chick Bullock (2:48)
Disc 4
  1. 1 It's Been So Long (3:05)
  2. 2 I'd Rather Lead a Band (2:50)
  3. 3 Let Yourself Go (2:49)
  4. 4 Swing Mr. Charlie (3:08)
  5. 5 A Melody from the Sky (2:50)
  6. 6 I Can't Get Started (3:25)
  7. 7 A Little Bit Later On (2:52)
  8. 8 Rhythm Saved the World (2:38)
  9. 9 Just to Be in Caroline - Frank Froeba & His Swing Band (3:02)
  10. 10 It Ain't Nobody's Business What I Do - Frank Froeba & His Swing Band (2:32)
  11. 11 And Still No Luck With You - Chick Bullock (2:46)
  12. 12 I'm an Old Cowhand - Chick Bullock (3:00)
  13. 13 I Nearly Let Love Go Slipping Through My Fingers (2:50)
  14. 14 But Definitely (3:02)
  15. 15 If I Had My Way (2:44)
  16. 16 When I'm With You (2:47)
  17. 17 Dear Old Southland - Dick McDonough & His Orchestra (2:46)
  18. 18 Dardanella - Dick McDonough & His Orchestra (2:33)
  19. 19 It Ain't Right - Dick McDonough & His Orchestra (2:38)
  20. 20 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - Dick McDonough & His Orchestra (3:06)
  21. 21 In a Sentimental Mood - Dick McDonough & His Orchestra (3:17)
  22. 22 Whatcha Gonna Do When There Ain't No Swing - Frank Froeba & His Swing Band (3:19)
  23. 23 Organ Grinder's Swing - Frank Froeba & His Swing Band (3:10)
  24. 24 Rhythm Lullaby - Frank Froeba & His Swing Band (3:00)
  25. 25 It All Begins and Ends With You - Frank Froeba & His Swing Band (3:14)
Disc 5
  1. 1 I'm One Step Ahead of My Shadow - Dick McDonough & His Orchestra (3:00)
  2. 2 That Foolish Feeling - Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra (2:53)
  3. 3 Where Are You? - Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra (3:13)
  4. 4 In a Little Spanish Town - Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra (2:54)
  5. 5 The Goona Goo - Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra (2:55)
  6. 6 Who's Afraid of Love? - Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra (2:52)
  7. 7 One in a Million - Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra (2:45)
  8. 8 Blue Lou - Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra (2:54)
  9. 9 I'm Gonna Kiss Myself Goodbye - Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra (2:30)
  10. 10 Big Boy Blue - Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra (2:17)
  11. 11 Dixieland Shuffle - Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra (3:02)
  12. 12 Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) - Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra (3:15)
  13. 13 What Is There to Say? - Bud Freeman & His Windy City Five (3:25)
  14. 14 The Buzzard - Bud Freeman & His Windy City Five (3:06)
  15. 15 Tillie's Downtown Now - Bud Freeman & His Windy City Five (3:26)
  16. 16 Keep Smilin' at Trouble - Bud Freeman & His Windy City Five (3:08)
  17. 17 Willow Tree - Mildred Bailey & Her Alley Cats (3:23)
  18. 18 Honeysuckle Rose - Mildred Bailey & Her Alley Cats (2:58)
  19. 19 Squeeze Me - Mildred Bailey & Her Alley Cats (3:04)
  20. 20 Downhearted Blues - Mildred Bailey & Her Alley Cats (3:23)
  21. 21 You Took Advantage of Me (3:23)
  22. 22 Chicken and Waffles (3:00)
  23. 23 I'm Coming Virginia (2:44)
  24. 24 Blues (3:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bunny Berigan Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
Bing Crosby Vocals
Mildred Bailey Vocals
Chu Berry Tenor Saxophone
Will Bradley Trombone
Eddie Condon Guitar
Bud Freeman Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Benny Goodman Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Gene Krupa Drums
Eddie Lang Guitar
Red Norvo Xylophone
Artie Shaw Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Claude Thornhill Piano
Joe Venuti Violin
Lee Wiley Vocals
Ray Bauduc Drums
Connee Boswell Vocals
Joe Bushkin Piano
Cozy Cole Drums
Jack Jenney Trombone
Carl Kress Guitar
Joe Marsala Clarinet
Matty Matlock Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Ray McKinley Drums
Johnny Mince Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Adrian Rollini Bass Saxophone, Vibes
Babe Russin Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Edgar Sampson Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
George Wettling Drums
The Dorsey Brothers Accompaniment
George Van Eps Guitar
Frank Froeba Piano
Grachan Moncur III Bass
Red McKenzie Maracas, Vocals, Comb
Artie Bernstein Bass
Larry Binyon Clarinet, Reeds, Bassoon, Tenor Saxophone
Rube Bloom Piano
Harry Bluestone Violin
Les Burness Piano
John Cali Banjo
Jerry Cooper Vocals
Bobby Davis Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Dorsey Clarinet, Reeds, Alto Saxophone
Tommy Dorsey Trombone
Tommy Fellini Guitar
Larry Gomar Drums, Bells, Vibes
Harry Goodman Bass
Herbie Haymer Tenor Saxophone
Skeets Herfurt Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Roc Hillman Guitar
Stan King Drums, Bells, Vibes
Manny Klein Trumpet
Benny Krueger Reeds, Alto Saxophone, C-Melody Saxophone
Jack Lacey Trombone
Harlan Lattimore Vocals
Ford Leary Trombone
Paul Mason Reeds
Eddie Miller Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Chauncey Morehouse Drums, Vibes
Moe Purtill Drums
Arthur Rollini Tenor Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Arthur Schutt Piano
Artie Shapiro Bass
Jack Stacey Tenor Saxophone
Tom Morgan Guitar
Bobby Van Eps Piano
Harry Waller Viola
Sam Weiss Drums
Helvetia "Vet" Boswell Vocals
Martha Boswell Piano, Vocals
Chick Bullock Vocals
Frank Guarente Trumpet
Dick McDonough Guitar
Justin Ring Piano, Bells
Eddie Sexton Guitar
Joe Tarto Bass, Tuba
Midge Williams Vocals
Hymie Wolfson Tenor Saxophone
Dick Robertson Vocals
Tempo King Vocals
Mickey Bloom Trumpet
Carl Loeffler Trombone
Al Philburn Trombone
Hank Stern Tuba
Herb Weil Drums, Vocals
Forrest Crawford Tenor Saxophone
Harry Hoffman Violin
Delmar Kaplan Bass
Ward Lay Tuba
Charles Magnante Accordion
Louis Martin Alto Saxophone
Fulton McGrath Piano, Celeste
Art Miller Bass
Milton Schlesinger Drums, Xylophone
Sid Stoneburn Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Ruby Weinstein Trumpet
Smith Ballew Vocals
Elmer Feldkamp Reeds, Vocals
Fran Frey Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Red Jessup Trombone
Lloyd Turner Trombone
Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra Piano
Pete Peterson Bass
Arnold Fishkind Bass
Lyle Bowen Clarinet, Reeds, Alto Saxophone
Slats Long Clarinet
Bobby Bennett Guitar
Chummy MacGregor Piano
Gil Bowers Piano
Jean Bowes Vocals
Dick Cherwin Bass, Tuba
Bob Effros Trumpet
Harry Greenwald Trumpet
Cornell Smelser Accordion
Wladimir Selinsky Violin
Carl Swift Alto Saxophone
Buddy Clark Vocals
Art Drellinger Tenor Saxophone
Jane Vance Vocals
Art Gentry Vocals
John Hauser Vocals
Larry Hall Guitar
Manny Berger Drums
Harry Brown Trumpet
Walter Burleson Trombone
Sammy Prager Piano, Celeste
Phil Neely Vocals
Cliff Jackson & His Crazy Cats Bass
Tony Sacco Guitar, Vocals
Clayton Duerr Guitar
Joe Meresco Piano
Clay Bryson Guitar, Vocals
Lew Cobey Piano
Ben Pobersky Violin
Howard Phillips Vocals
William Ray Gold Piano
Foster Morehouse Reeds
Tex Hurst Tuba
Don Matteson Trombone, Vocals
J. Earle Isom Trumpet
Noel Kilgen Guitar
Glenn McGaha Miller Trombone
Milt Coleman Ukulele, Vocals
Jim Crossan Reeds
Harry Gray Piano
Les Reis Vocals
Ted White Vocals
Paul Prince Bass
Harold "Scrappy" Lambert Vocals
Technical Credits
Alberta Hunter Composer
Shirley Caesar Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Bing Crosby Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Prince Composer
Bunny Berigan Composer
Bud Freeman Composer
Earl Hines Composer
Al Jolson Composer
Red Norvo Composer
David Sanborn Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Teddy Wilson Composer
Bob Haggart Composer
Matty Matlock Arranger
Irving Mills Composer
Harry Reser Composer
Edgar Sampson Composer
Frank Froeba Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Bernard Sterling Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Benny Andersson Composer
Lovie Austin Composer
Harry Barris Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
Rube Bloom Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Saul Chaplin Composer
Will Marion Cook Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Henry Creamer Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Jimmy Dorsey Composer
Al Dubin Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Sammy Fain Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
M. Gordon Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Bud Green Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Edgar Hayes Composer
Lennie Hayton Composer
Donald Heywood Composer
Will Hudson Composer
Ike Turner Composer
I. Jones Composer
Isham Jones Composer
Irving Kahal Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Charles F. Kenny Composer
Raymond Klages Composer
Benny Krueger Director
Manny Kurtz Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Turner Layton Composer
S. Lewis Composer
Jimmy Lytell Composer
Michael E. Mathis Composer
Ballard MacDonald Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Glenn Miller Composer
Al J. Neiburg Composer
Peter Norman Composer
Jack Palmer Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Gil Rodin Composer
Ben Selvin Director
Frank Signorelli Composer
Björn Ulvaeus Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Victor Young Composer, Director
Joseph Meyer Composer
G. Love Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Fred Rich Director
Charles Carpenter Composer
Fulton McGrath Composer
Bob Haring Director
Jack Shilkret Director
Ed Kirkeby Director
Grady Watts Composer
Joe Young Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Harold Adamson Composer
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Harry Woods Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels) Composer
Harry Revel Composer
Louis Alter Composer
Fred Fisher Composer
James F. Hanley Composer
Sidney Mitchell Composer
Lew Pollack Composer
Peter Tinturin Composer
Harry Tobias Composer
Sammy Lerner Composer
Jerry Levinson Composer
Bob Rothberg Composer
Abel Baer Composer
Billy Baskette Composer
Chester Wallace Composer
Mabel Wayne Composer
Pete Holly Composer
Drew Kent Liner Notes
Nick Kenny Composer
Billy Rose Composer
Glenn McGaha Miller Arranger, Director
Vincent Grande Composer
Dave Franklin Composer
Dan Howell Composer
James Kendis Composer
Lou Klein Composer
Sherman Myers Composer
Johnny Black Composer
Jack Meskill Composer
Herman Hupfeld Composer
Al Nieberg Composer
Ann Price Composer
Johnny S. Black Composer
Mae Newton Composer
Dottie Sterling Composer
Jacobs Composer
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