King of Jazz

The King of Jazz

by Paul Whiteman
     
 
ASV's Whiteman compilation covers the years 1920-36, which means that it partly overlaps with Collectors' Choice's 20-song RCA-Victor compilation of Whiteman's work. What makes this disc worth owning is that while many of the songs overlap, these are not the same tracks in many instances -- several are later re-recordings (Whiteman was already re-cutting his hits in

Overview

ASV's Whiteman compilation covers the years 1920-36, which means that it partly overlaps with Collectors' Choice's 20-song RCA-Victor compilation of Whiteman's work. What makes this disc worth owning is that while many of the songs overlap, these are not the same tracks in many instances -- several are later re-recordings (Whiteman was already re-cutting his hits in the middle and late 1920s, with the advent of electrical recording). So "Whispering" and "Rhapsody In Blue" are the 1922 and 1927 Victor cuts available elsewhere, but "Wang Wang Blues" is the 1920 version, not the 1927 version, and "Ol' Man River" from March 1928 features Paul Robeson, not Bing Crosby; similarly, "Three O'Clock In the Morning" is the 1926, not the 1922 version. And there are some non-overlapping numbers -- the Whiteman band's 1925 recording of the "Charleston," "Whiteman Stomp" from 1927, "Darktown Strutters' Ball" featuring Jack Teagarden as singer and trombonist, and a pair of medleys from 1932, "A Night With Paul Whiteman," parts one and two. Mildred Bailey shows up on "When It's Sleepy Time Down South"; Bix Beiderbecke is featured on "Louisiana" and "You Took Advantage of Me"; and Bing Crosby and violinist Joe Venuti turn up on "Happy Feet." The sound is fair to good, with some surface noise -- the quality doesn't match that of the Collectors' Choice disc, but so little of this repeats that it's not wholly fair to compare them. So one needn't be a Whiteman completist to enjoy this disc.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/1996
Label:
Asv Living Era
UPC:
0743625517026
catalogNumber:
5170

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Whiteman   Primary Artist,Violin,Bandleader
George Gershwin   Piano
Bing Crosby   Vocals
Paul Robeson   Bass,Bass (Vocal)
Mildred Bailey   Vocals
Jack Teagarden   Trombone,Vocals
Joe Venuti   Violin
Frankie Trumbauer   Saxophone
Red McKenzie   Vocals
Harry Barris   Vocals
Bix Beiderbecke   Cornet
George MacDonald   Vocals
Jim Noel   Vocals
Austin Young   Vocals
Roy Bargy   Piano
Ramona Davies   Piano,Vocals
Jack Fulton   Vocals
Harry Goldfield   Trumpet
Lambert Murphy   Tenor (Vocal)
Paul Whiteman Orchestra   Track Performer
Charles Gaylord   Vocals
Rinker   Vocals
Irene Taylor   Vocals
Jane Vance   Vocals
Dary   Vocals
Bill Seckler   Vocals
Peggy Healy   Vocals
Ray Kulz   Vocals
Mark Pingitore   Solo Instrumental,Banjo

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Henry Busse   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
B. Johnson   Composer
J.C. Johnson   Composer
Roy Bargy   Arranger,Duet
Ramona Davies   Duet
Peter Dempsey   Producer,Liner Notes
Leo Wood   Composer
Bob Schafer   Composer
Ferde Grofé   Arranger
Gus Mueller   Composer
Ray Kulz   Contributor

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