San Francisco Sound, Vol. 2

The San Francisco Sound, Vol. 2

by Hickman Trio
     
 
The first jazz-oriented orchestra to feature a saxophone section, predating Paul Whiteman, was led by Art Hickman in San Francisco during 1917-1921. Until Archeophone reissued nearly all of Hickman's recordings on two CDs, his orchestra's performances were completely unavailable for over 80 years. The San Francisco Sound, Vol. 2 covers Hickman's output of

Overview

The first jazz-oriented orchestra to feature a saxophone section, predating Paul Whiteman, was led by Art Hickman in San Francisco during 1917-1921. Until Archeophone reissued nearly all of Hickman's recordings on two CDs, his orchestra's performances were completely unavailable for over 80 years. The San Francisco Sound, Vol. 2 covers Hickman's output of 1920-1921 and shows that his ten-piece group was more of a syncopated dance band than an out-and-out jazz group. Also including trumpet, trombone, violin, piano, two banjos, bass, Hickman on drums, and second piano, the ensemble was most notable for featuring Clyde Doerr and Bert Ralton on various reeds. Two of the most enjoyable selections, "Nightingale" and "Sweet Little Stranger," are by the Hickman Trio, consisting of Doerr, Ralton, and pianist Frank Ellis. Although there are no individual solos to be heard on any of these performances (solos did not begin to become common on jazz records until 1924), the music is jazzy and rhythmic, hinting at what was to come. It is particularly interesting hearing Hickman's versions of a few songs identified with Whiteman during the era. The recording quality is surprisingly good overall and this music definitely has its charm.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/2006
Label:
Archeophone Records
UPC:
0777215109018
catalogNumber:
6005

Tracks

  1. A Young Man's Fancy (Music Box Song)
  2. Cuban Moon/When Alexander Blues the Blues
  3. Whispering
  4. If a Wish Could Make It So/We've Got Something
  5. Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere
  6. The Japanese Sandman/Avalon
  7. Avalon/The Japanese Sandman
  8. Darling/Love Flower
  9. Missy/Bamboola
  10. June/Look What You've Done with Your Dog-Gone Dangerous Eyes
  11. Nightingale/Drifting Along (On a Blue Lagoon)
  12. Sweet Little Stranger/When the Right Girl Comes Along
  13. Siren of a Southern Sea
  14. Goodbye Pretty Butterflies
  15. Cherry Cherokee
  16. Dream of Me
  17. Near Me
  18. Day Dreams
  19. I Spoiled You
  20. I Call You Sunshine
  21. Nestle in Your Daddy's Arms
  22. Hokum
  23. Honey Lou
  24. Honeymoon Home
  25. Happiness (I Find My Happiness, Dear, With You)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hickman Trio   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Steve Douglas & the Rebel Rousers   Violin
Clyde Doerr   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Art Hickman   Piano,Drums,Slide Whistle
Ben Black   Banjo
Vicki King   Tenor Banjo
Bert Ralton   English Horn,Oboe,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Frank Ellis   Piano

Technical Credits

Jolson   Composer
Bruce Vermazen   Liner Notes,Records
Herbert Stothart   Composer
Max Kortlander   Composer
Frank Magine   Composer
Meagan Hennessey   Producer
Sammy Timberg   Composer

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