The Queen of Big Band Swing [Living Era]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This British compilation traces Helen Ward's work as female vocalist with the orchestras of Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Teddy Wilson, Bob Crosby, Joe Sullivan, and Harry James between 1936 and 1943. Of course, Ward's most prominent association was with Goodman from 1934 to 1936, a pairing that resulted in the chart-toppers "It's Been So Long," "Goody Goody," "The Glory of Love," "These Foolish Things," and "You Turned the Tables on Me." They show Ward as a strong rhythm singer with a bluesy tone who can also handle ballads, and she is more reminiscent of jazz-oriented contemporaries like Mildred Bailey than such smooth successors as Helen Forrest. A few of her Top Ten ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This British compilation traces Helen Ward's work as female vocalist with the orchestras of Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Teddy Wilson, Bob Crosby, Joe Sullivan, and Harry James between 1936 and 1943. Of course, Ward's most prominent association was with Goodman from 1934 to 1936, a pairing that resulted in the chart-toppers "It's Been So Long," "Goody Goody," "The Glory of Love," "These Foolish Things," and "You Turned the Tables on Me." They show Ward as a strong rhythm singer with a bluesy tone who can also handle ballads, and she is more reminiscent of jazz-oriented contemporaries like Mildred Bailey than such smooth successors as Helen Forrest. A few of her Top Ten hits are missing, and the tracks have been transferred from 78s, so the sound is only adequate, but the breadth of the collection, which features such rarities as her only recordings with Crosby and Sullivan and an airchcheck with James, makes up for its lapses, so that this is the best collection of Ward's recordings as a big band singer yet released.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/17/1998
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625528923
  • Catalog Number: 5289

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Helen Ward Primary Artist
Ray Conniff Trombone
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Bunny Berigan Trumpet
Chu Berry Tenor Saxophone
Bill Coleman Trumpet
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Benny Goodman Clarinet
Lionel Hampton Vibes
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Harry James Trumpet
John Kirby Bass
Gene Krupa Drums
Jack Teagarden Trombone
Teddy Wilson Piano
Ray Bauduc Drums
Billy Butterfield Trumpet
Jimmy Campbell Trumpet
Cozy Cole Drums
Ziggy Elman Trumpet
Pee Wee Erwin Trumpet
Irving Fazola Clarinet
Bob Haggart Bass
Edmond Hall Clarinet
Benny Morton Trombone
Vido Musso Tenor Saxophone
Warren Smith Trombone
Joe Sullivan Piano
George Van Eps Guitar
George Siravo Alto Saxophone
Israel Crosby Bass
Red Ballard Trombone
Nick Buono Trumpet
John DeVoogdt Violin
Harry Geller Trumpet
Eddie Gibbs Guitar
Harry Goodman Bass
Jack Gootkin Violin
Chris Griffin Trumpet
Gordon Griffin Trumpet
Al Hall Bass
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet
Benny Heller Guitar
George James Baritone Saxophone
Nate Kazebier Trumpet
Manny Klein Trumpet
Jack Lacey Trombone
Nappy Lamare Guitar
Eddie Miller Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello Alto Saxophone
Ralph Muzillo Trumpet
Jerry Neary Trumpet
Danny Polo Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Yank Porter Drums
Milt Raskin Piano
Allan Reuss Guitar
Harry Rodgers Trombone
Gil Rodin Tenor Saxophone
Arthur Rollini Tenor Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer Alto Saxophone
Shorty Sherock Trumpet
Bruce Squires Trombone
Jess Stacy Piano
Bill Stegmeyer Alto Saxophone
Johnny MacAfee Alto Saxophone
Claude Lakey Alto Saxophone
Micky Scrima Drums
Thurman Teague Bass
Al Cuozzo Trumpet
Bill DePew Alto Saxophone
Ed Anderson Trumpet
Bill Spear Violin
Murray Williams Alto Saxophone
Zeke Zarchy Trumpet
Billy Taylor Sr. Bass
Joe Kearns Alto Saxophone
Sam Caplan Violin
Tom Dicarlo Trumpet
Sam Sachelle Baritone Saxophone
Leo Zorn Violin
Charles McCamish Trombone
Joe Harris Trombone
Dave Schultze Trumpet
Horace Rollins Bass
Ray Heath Trombone
Fred Waldron Flugelhorn
Victor Stern Viola
King Guion Tenor Saxophone
Dick Clark Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Bessie Smith Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Billy Hill Composer
James P. Johnson Composer
Teddy Wilson Contributor
Deane Kincaide Arranger
Jimmy Mundy Arranger
Richard Rodgers Composer
Milton Ager Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Fletcher Henderson Arranger
Ira Gershwin Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Spud Murphy Arranger
Ralph Rainger Composer
David Rose Arranger
Jack King Composer
Matty Malneck Composer
Bob Crosby Orchestra Contributor
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Contributor
Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra Contributor
Peter Dempsey Liner Notes
Martin Haskell Remastering
Vee Lawnhurst Composer
Harry James & His Musicmakers Contributor
Harry Link Composer
Jack Strachey Composer
Louis Alter Composer
Holt Marvell Composer
Murray Mencher Composer
Jack Stern Composer
Saul Bernie Composer
Stella Unger Composer
Charles Newman Composer
Joe Sullivan & His Cafe Society Orchestra Contributor
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