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The Story of Joseph "Fud" Livingston

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Whereas a truly overarching examination of the triumphant and tragic career of reedman, composer, and arranger Fud Livingston would require more than 26 tracks on one CD, Jazz Oracle's meticulously researched and thoughtfully annotated salute to this overlooked character is entirely unprecedented, for nobody has bothered much about Fud over the years. More generally, this is also a fascinating and highly recommended survey of vintage hot jazz, popular dance music, and early swing. The Joseph Anthony Livingston story begins in Charleston, South Carolina where he was born on April 10, 1906. True to form, Jazz Oracle delves back to what must be among the earliest surviving ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Whereas a truly overarching examination of the triumphant and tragic career of reedman, composer, and arranger Fud Livingston would require more than 26 tracks on one CD, Jazz Oracle's meticulously researched and thoughtfully annotated salute to this overlooked character is entirely unprecedented, for nobody has bothered much about Fud over the years. More generally, this is also a fascinating and highly recommended survey of vintage hot jazz, popular dance music, and early swing. The Joseph Anthony Livingston story begins in Charleston, South Carolina where he was born on April 10, 1906. True to form, Jazz Oracle delves back to what must be among the earliest surviving examples of Fud on record, for it is doubtful that he pressed any platters with Talmadge Henry back in Greensboro in 1923. The retrospective opens with a previously unreleased test pressing made in Los Angeles during the summer of 1924 by Ben Pollack & His Californians. Two sides cut in Chicago for Victor in December 1926 document the Pollack band as it sounded when the lineup included Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and Fud Livingston. Vocals are by Pollack and the band on "'Deed I Do," and Dorothy and Hannah Williams on "He's the Last Word," a harmless pop tune by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn. The Livingston saga picks up again with five consecutive examples from 1927, beginning with one sole example by the Charleston Chasers, a friendly little mob that included Red Nichols, Miff Mole, and Pee Wee Russell. "Feelin' No Pain" is the first of four sequential Livingston originals. In title and substance so to speak this number appears to have been somewhat of a self-portrait. Fud's "Imagination" is done up by Miff Mole & His Little Molers, his "Humpty Dumpty" features Bix Beiderbecke with Frankie Trumbauer's Orchestra, and "Sax Appeal" stems from a visit to England. On this rare Zonophone recording, Livingston is heard alongside trumpeter Frank Guarente with Bert Firman at the helm of the Devonshire Restaurant Dance Band. Next Fud is heard with three different All-Star Orchestras under the leadership of Nat Shilkret, then with fiddler Joe Venuti and guitarist Carl Kress in a quartet led by pianist Leonard "Lennie" Hayton. He reappears with the Dorsey Brothers in a zippy group billed as Joe Venuti & His New Yorkers, then alongside Glenn Miller in a Dance Orchestra fronted by trumpeter Toots Mendello. The year 1929 is represented by two lively little records cut in London at a point when Fud, trumpeter Chelsea Quealey, and the Rollini Brothers were all sitting in with Fred Elizalde & His Music. After "Singapore Sorrows" is played by a 19-piece orchestra, the unit is pared down to an octet for "Nobody's Sweetheart." The next three tracks place the artist's livelihood squarely within the context of U.S. pop culture during the '30s. Fud is heard with Paul Whiteman, Bing Crosby and, in a segment from the soundtrack of the RKO motion picture That Girl From Paris, coloratura soprano Lily Pons. This charmingly historic portrait album closes with a Victor test pressing of "I've Found a New Baby" played by pianist Bob Zurke's short-lived 14-man big band in 1939 using an arrangement by Livingston and a hitherto undiscovered 1932 ARC test pressing of Fud singing while accompanying himself at the piano. The rest of Livingston's career saw him working in the music publishing business and Hollywood, where he drew up arrangements for the orchestras of André Kostelanetz and Freddie Rich. His final decade was a difficult one, and a pernicious addiction to alcohol ultimately took him out ahead of schedule. Until shortly before his death on March 25, 1957, Fud Livingston could periodically be seen playing piano at the back of various bars in certain sections of New York City. The producers of this particular Jazz Oracle collection deserve highest praise for illuminating selected portions of this man's underappreciated legacy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/2009
  • Label: Jazz Oracle
  • UPC: 620588806025
  • Catalog Number: 8060
  • Sales rank: 191,092

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Red Hot - Ben Pollack & His Orchestra (2:36)
  2. 2 'Deed I Do - Ben Pollack & His Orchestra (3:24)
  3. 3 He's the Last Word - Ben Pollack & His Orchestra (3:21)
  4. 4 Feelin' No Pain - The Charleston Chasers (2:48)
  5. 5 Imagination - Miff Mole & His Little Molers (2:53)
  6. 6 Humpty Dumpty - Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra (3:06)
  7. 7 Sax Appeal - Devonshire Restaurant Dance Band (2:31)
  8. 8 Alexander's Ragtime Band - All Star Orchestra (3:34)
  9. 9 Oh, Baby! - All Star Orchestra (3:25)
  10. 10 And a Little Wiggle - All Star Orchestra (3:06)
  11. 11 Old Fashioned Girl - Leonard Hayton's Blue Four (3:15)
  12. 12 Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere - Leonard Hayton's Blue Four (3:06)
  13. 13 Doin' Things - Joe Venuti & His New Yorkers (3:19)
  14. 14 Cool Papa - Mendello's Dance Orchestra (3:15)
  15. 15 Sunday Afternoon - Mendello's Dance Orchestra (2:55)
  16. 16 High Hattin' Hattie - Mendello's Dance Orchestra (2:59)
  17. 17 Easy - Mendello's Dance Orchestra (2:54)
  18. 18 Dixie Drag - Mendello's Dance Orchestra (3:02)
  19. 19 Baby's Coming Back - Mendello's Dance Orchestra (3:06)
  20. 20 Singapore Sorrows - Fred Elizalde & His Music (3:02)
  21. 21 Nobody's Sweetheart - Fred Elizalde & His Music (3:03)
  22. 22 Choo-Choo - Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra (2:46)
  23. 23 I'm Thru With Love (3:06)
  24. 24 The Blues Danube - Lily Pons (4:10)
  25. 25 I've Found a New Baby - Bob Zurke & His Delta Rhythm Band (2:54)
  26. 26 Moo (1:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fud Livingston Primary Artist, Clarinet, Piano, Violin, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Bing Crosby Violin
Benny Goodman Clarinet, Flute
Eddie Lang Guitar
Ben Pollack Drums, Vocals
Pee Wee Russell Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Venuti Violin
Red Nichols Trumpet
Bobby Byrne Trombone
Carl Kress Banjo, Guitar
Ray McKinley Drums
Jimmy McPartland Trumpet
Miff Mole Trombone
Adrian Rollini Bass Saxophone
Frankie Trumbauer C-Melody Saxophone
Bob Zurke Piano
Earl Baker Cornet
Al Bowlly Guitar
Bix Beiderbecke Clarinet
Noni Bernardi Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Vic Berton Drums
Larry Binyon Tenor Saxophone
Toots Camarata Trumpet
Bobby Davis Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Kurt Dieterle Violin
Jimmy Dorsey Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Tommy Dorsey Trombone
Harry Goodman Bowed Bass
Lennie Hayton Piano, Celeste
Skeets Herfurt Tenor Saxophone
Roc Hillman Guitar
George Hurley Violin
Stan King Drums
Don Mattison Trombone
Glenn Miller Trombone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello Trumpet
Chauncey Morehouse Drums, Vibes
Lou Raderman Violin
Bill Rank Trombone
Gil Rodin Reeds, Alto Saxophone
Arthur Rollini Tenor Saxophone
Mischa Russell Violin
Arthur Schutt Piano
Frank Signorelli Piano
Jack Stacey Alto Saxophone
Slim Taft String Bass
George Thow Trumpet
Bobby Van Eps Piano
Victor Young Violin
Sterling Bose Trumpet
Max Farley Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
John Firman Piano
Frank Guarente Trumpet
Al Harris Cornet
Dick McDonough Guitar
Joe Tarto Bowed Bass
Roy Bargy Piano
Fuzzy Farrar Trumpet
Chelsea Quealey Trumpet
Jack Fulton Trombone
Harry Goldfield Trumpet
Ronnie Gubertini Drums
Jack Hansen Bowed Bass
Matty Malneck Violin
Andy Secrest Clarinet
Tiny Stock String Bass
Sid Stoneburn Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Charles Strickfaden Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Joe Yukl Trombone
Chester Hazlett Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Billy Mason Piano
Nat Natoli Trumpet
Ray Lodwig Trumpet
Mike Trafficante Bowed Bass
Leo McConville Trumpet
Phil Cardew Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Dudley Fosdick Mellophonium
Felix Giobbe String Bass
Tommy Gott Trumpet
Don Murray Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Baritone
Artie Foster Trombone
Chick Reeves Guitar
Del Staigers Trumpet
Dorothy Williams Violin
Benjamin Frankel Violin
Lily Pons Violin
Al Armer Bowed Bass
Al Baker Violin
Milt Rettenberg Piano
Billy Thorpe Guitar
Billy Bell Bowed Bass
Norman Payne Trumpet
Bert Firman Violin
Wayne Allen Piano
Mario Lorenzi Harp
Arthur Lally Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Vincent Grande Trombone
Nobby Knight Trumpet
Len Lees Violin
George Marsh Drums
Jack Trebble Drums
Harold Peppie Trumpet
Jack Kaufman Violin
Jack Simmons Banjo
Hannah Williams Violin
Herb Winfield Trombone
Harold "Scrappy" Lambert Violin
Frank Coughlan Trombone
Billy Pritchard Trombone
Bill Barton Reeds
Ted Schilling Trumpet
Mike Pingitore Banjo
Roy Covert Violin
Jack Hull Banjo
Chuck Dale Baritone Saxophone
Max Sturgis Reeds
John Kurzenknabe Banjo
John Gassoway Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Dorsey's Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Arnold Brilhart Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Ross Dugat Trombone
Barney Sorkin Reeds
Harry Greenberg Cornet
Technical Credits
Al Jolson Composer
Paul Whiteman Director
Frankie Trumbauer Arranger, Director
Bob Zurke Director
Milton Ager Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Fud Livingston Arranger, Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Nat Shilkret Director
Jack Yellen Composer
Brad Kay Liner Notes
Jack King Art Direction
Fred Elizalde Director
Owen Murphy Composer
Walter Hirsch Composer
Colin Bray Producer
John Wilby Producer
Bert Firman Director
Erdman Composer
Hans Eekhoff Remastering
Venuti Composer
Farrar Composer
Jutta Thiel Graphic Design
John Techlenburg Cover Photo
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