The King of Hot-Cha

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Using the Original Dixieland Jazz Band as their initial role model, the brothers Harry and Sydney Roy formed and perfected a hot little jazz band in London, England, from 1921 to 1930. After disbanding, they put together a larger ensemble in 1931, now led by the personable Harry Roy, "the King of Hot-Cha." In 1997 the Living Era label brought out a more or less chronologically arranged sampler of Harry Roy's recordings made in London between May 1933 and April 1940, with two pianists adding an extra dimension to the band. The hot jazz taproots are resoundingly evident on "Bugle Call Rag" (the band's signature theme song), "That's A-Plenty," "Maple Leaf Rag," and "King ...
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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Using the Original Dixieland Jazz Band as their initial role model, the brothers Harry and Sydney Roy formed and perfected a hot little jazz band in London, England, from 1921 to 1930. After disbanding, they put together a larger ensemble in 1931, now led by the personable Harry Roy, "the King of Hot-Cha." In 1997 the Living Era label brought out a more or less chronologically arranged sampler of Harry Roy's recordings made in London between May 1933 and April 1940, with two pianists adding an extra dimension to the band. The hot jazz taproots are resoundingly evident on "Bugle Call Rag" (the band's signature theme song), "That's A-Plenty," "Maple Leaf Rag," and "King Porter Stomp," as well as Roy's own "No Name Rag" and "The Roy Rag." "Sarawaki" was named after the state of Sarawak in Borneo, where Roy's wife, Elizabeth, grew up as a member of the last white family to control the region in the name of British colonial rule. This "exotic" number fits nicely with a medley of "Chinatown" and "Limehouse Blues"; both recordings draw upon the 1920s stylistic convention of the Oriental fox trot. There are a number of harmless, wholesome, and at times sentimental vocals by pianist Ivor Moreton, timpanist Bill Currie, and Kay Harding. Some of these performances are downright campy. "Bugle Call Rag" begins with someone imitating a British drill sergeant; "La Cucaracha" has a group vocal adorned with an exaggerated operatic "Mexican" tenor voice; "Let's Have a Jubilee" comes on like a music hall pit orchestra curtain raiser; "Lullabye of Broadway" lives up to its Hollywood origins; and "Heigh-Ho!" gets the ultra-silly treatment with the title pronounced like "Hey-Ho!" Drummer Ray Ellington hazards a goofy attempt at scat singing on "Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go (With Friday on Saturday Night)?," while during the theatrically comical "I Want the Waiter (With the Water)" (a lively routine that sounds a lot like something from Michael Flanders & Donald Swann), Monia Liter solos using the Hammond Novachord, an early electronic sound synthesizer that fit over the piano keyboard and simulated the sound of a tinny electric organ with the switches set on "clavichord." This surprisingly entertaining package of British dance music from the 1930s has enough real jazz behind it to warrant closer inspection, except of course for those who consider themselves too cool for such innocent merriment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/1997
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625522525
  • Catalog Number: 5225

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harry Roy Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Clarinet, Violin, Conductor, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Harry Hayes Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Stanley Black Piano, Vocals
Jack Collins Trombone
Joe Daniels Drums
Len Harrison String Bass
Pat Smuts Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ivor Moreton Piano, Violin, Vocals
Kay Harding Vocals, Track Performer
Tommy Porter Trumpet
Abe Romaine Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Vocals
Ray Ellington Violin, Drums, Vocals
Alf Horton Trumpet
Arthur Calkin Bass, String Bass
Dave Kaye Piano
Norman Yarlett Piano
Joe Daniels Drums
Monia Liter Novachord
Joe Arbiter Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bert Wilton Trumpet
Tommy Venn Guitar
Dick Boothroyd Trombone
Maurice Sterndale Violin
Sammy Curtis Guitar, Violin
Harry Goss Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Bill Currie Violin, Vocals, Timpani
Sam Curtis Guitar, Vocals
Nat Temple Clarinet, Fiddle, Flute, Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Harry Roy Director
Jack Pettis Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Billy Meyers Composer
Ray Gilbert Composer
Martin Haskell Remastering
Lew Pollack Composer
Kay Werner Composer
Guy W. Rowland Liner Notes
Sue Werner Composer
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