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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Drummer Art Hickman's orchestra of 1919-1920 is often cited in jazz history books as being among the first dance orchestras to incorporate jazz rhythms and repertoire in its music, and it is sometimes cited as the first big band to use a saxophone section. Hickman's band, which slightly predated that of Paul Whiteman's, consisted of trumpet, trombone, two reeds, violin, piano, two banjos, bass, and the leader on drums and second piano. But until the release of this valuable CD, Hickman's recordings were so scarce that very few selections ever appeared on LP, much less CD. With this project, the Archeophone label once again earns its title as the premiere pre-1920 reissue ...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Drummer Art Hickman's orchestra of 1919-1920 is often cited in jazz history books as being among the first dance orchestras to incorporate jazz rhythms and repertoire in its music, and it is sometimes cited as the first big band to use a saxophone section. Hickman's band, which slightly predated that of Paul Whiteman's, consisted of trumpet, trombone, two reeds, violin, piano, two banjos, bass, and the leader on drums and second piano. But until the release of this valuable CD, Hickman's recordings were so scarce that very few selections ever appeared on LP, much less CD. With this project, the Archeophone label once again earns its title as the premiere pre-1920 reissue label. With the exception of two bypassed tracks both waltzes, The San Francisco Sound has all of Hickman's recordings dating from Sept. 15, 1919, through July 8, 1920. The 25 numbers shed a great deal of light on how Hickman's band sounded. Nearly all of the music is comprised of ensembles other than an occasional piano solo, and the improvising is subtle. The music swings in its own fashion and a variety of tones are provided by Clyde Doerr who doubles on alto and baritone and Bert Ralton soprano, tenor, oboe, and English horn. Two numbers "Wonderful Pal" and "Nobody Knows" feature the Art Hickman Trio, which is comprised of the two reeds plus pianist Frank Ellis. And while most of the numbers are today quite obscure, included is a future standard written by Hickman and heard in its original version: "Rose Room." The music is not quite as uninhibited as that of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band although the ODJB's innovations are felt, but it is hotter than the early Whiteman recordings. In general, the Art Hickman recordings justify this band being known as one of the very first jazz-influenced dance orchestras. Most importantly, the well-recorded for the period music still sounds lively and enjoyable today, 85 years later. Highly recommended to fans of early historic jazz.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • Label: Archeophone Records
  • UPC: 777215106932
  • Catalog Number: 6003

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rose of Mandalay - Art Hickman (3:06)
  2. 2 Dance It Again With Me - Art Hickman (3:02)
  3. 3 Along the Way to Damascus - Art Hickman (3:04)
  4. 4 Take It Easy - Art Hickman (2:58)
  5. 5 Rainbow of My Dreams - Art Hickman (2:42)
  6. 6 Burmese Belles - Art Hickman (3:11)
  7. 7 Fee Fi Fo Fum - Art Hickman (2:55)
  8. 8 On the Streets of Cairo - Art Hickman (3:05)
  9. 9 Dancing Honeymoon - Art Hickman (3:13)
  10. 10 Cairo - Art Hickman (3:10)
  11. 11 Peggy - Art Hickman (2:59)
  12. 12 My Baby's Arms - Art Hickman (3:04)
  13. 13 You and I - Art Hickman (3:06)
  14. 14 Rose Room - Art Hickman (3:25)
  15. 15 Those Draftin' Blues - Art Hickman (3:07)
  16. 16 The Hesitating Blues - Art Hickman (2:53)
  17. 17 Tell Me Why - Art Hickman (3:01)
  18. 18 Come Back to Georgia - Art Hickman (2:51)
  19. 19 Patches - Art Hickman (3:12)
  20. 20 Hold Me (3:14)
  21. 21 Wonderful Pal - Art Hickman (3:26)
  22. 22 Nobody Knows - Art Hickman (3:25)
  23. 23 The Love Nest - Medley Fox-Trot - Art Hickman (2:48)
  24. 24 Song of the Orient - Art Hickman (2:44)
  25. 25 Tell Me Little Gypsy - Art Hickman (2:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Art Hickman & His Orchestra Primary Artist
Fred Kaufman Trombone
Clyde Doerr Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Art Hickman Piano, Drums, Slide Whistle, Indexed Contributor
Ben Black Banjo
Vicki King Tenor Banjo
Bert Ralton English Horn, Oboe, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Frank Ellis Piano
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Bruce Vermazen Liner Notes
Art Hickman Composer
Patricia Platzman Composer
Harry Tierney Composer
Ben Black Composer
Meagan Hennessey Producer
Joseph McCarthy Composer
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