The Uncollected Dick Jurgens & His Orchestra, Vol. 1 (1937-1939)

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Sacramento-born trumpeter and bandleader Dick Jurgens led a sweet swing band that made its first records in 1934. By 1937-1939, when the material on Hindsight's first volume of The Uncollected Dick Jurgens & His Orchestra was recorded, Jurgens was leading a successful orchestra off of which Glenn Miller would periodically feed for fresh material. Vocals, and most of the songs had vocals, were occasionally by pianist Ronnie Kemper but usually by guitarist Eddy Howard, who left Jurgens in 1940 and formed his own band in 1941. This is a very accurate survey of the Dick Jurgens Orchestra. The proportions are correct in that most of the songs are romantic ballads or ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Sacramento-born trumpeter and bandleader Dick Jurgens led a sweet swing band that made its first records in 1934. By 1937-1939, when the material on Hindsight's first volume of The Uncollected Dick Jurgens & His Orchestra was recorded, Jurgens was leading a successful orchestra off of which Glenn Miller would periodically feed for fresh material. Vocals, and most of the songs had vocals, were occasionally by pianist Ronnie Kemper but usually by guitarist Eddy Howard, who left Jurgens in 1940 and formed his own band in 1941. This is a very accurate survey of the Dick Jurgens Orchestra. The proportions are correct in that most of the songs are romantic ballads or ditties best of all perhaps being Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood", with the lighthearted "There's a New Picture in My Picture Frame" tossed in for the sake of perkiness along with "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down," a melody fated to be associated with Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes animated films. Best of all are two authentic instrumental jazz performances; Harold Mooney's "Swamp Fire" and Jelly Roll Morton's "King Porter Stomp" are examples of the Dick Jurgens Orchestra in high gear, sounding like a real jazz big band or, more accurately, a sweet dance band that could swing like the dickens when the occasion called for it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/1992
  • Label: Hindsight Records
  • UPC: 014921011120
  • Catalog Number: 111
  • Sales rank: 150,012

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dick Jurgens & His Orchestra Primary Artist
Dick Jurgens Indexed Contributor, Trumpet, Leader
Eddy Howard Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Bob Lee Saxophone
Bobby Lee Saxophone
Ronnie Kemper Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Eddie Kuehler Trumpet
Lou Quadling Piano
Jimmy Shevenko Saxophone
Lou Vacca Trumpet
Art Aievoli Trumpet
Art Modell Bass
Carl Brandt Violin, Saxophone, Double Violin
Floyd Adams Saxophone
Technical Credits
Dick Jurgens Cover Photo
Jimmy Kennedy Composer
Cliff Friend Composer
Wally Heider Producer
Gordon Kennedy Composer
Herbert Magidson Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Irving Townsend Liner Notes
Allie Wrubel Composer
Lou Quadling Arranger
Irving Gordon Composer
Henry Nemo Composer
James V. Monaco Composer
Hugh Williams Composer
Allan Roberts Composer
Carl Brandt Arranger
Alvin Kaufman Composer
Dave Franklin Composer
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