Vol. 1, 1926-1928

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Ben Pollack led one of the most potentially significant little big bands during the second half of the 1920s. However listening to his recordings can be a bit frustrating in a similar way as it is to listen to Jean Goldkette's band with Bix Beiderbecke. Pollack's music was compromised by the leader's desire to balance the jazz with commercially accessible music although he himself was a fine drummer. All of Pollack's early recordings as a bandleader are scheduled to be reissued in full with all of the alternate takes by the Canadian Jazz Oracle label. Volume 1 covers a nearly two-year period and is highlighted by "He's the Last Word," "Memphis Blues," "Buy Buy for Baby Or ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Ben Pollack led one of the most potentially significant little big bands during the second half of the 1920s. However listening to his recordings can be a bit frustrating in a similar way as it is to listen to Jean Goldkette's band with Bix Beiderbecke. Pollack's music was compromised by the leader's desire to balance the jazz with commercially accessible music although he himself was a fine drummer. All of Pollack's early recordings as a bandleader are scheduled to be reissued in full with all of the alternate takes by the Canadian Jazz Oracle label. Volume 1 covers a nearly two-year period and is highlighted by "He's the Last Word," "Memphis Blues," "Buy Buy for Baby Or Baby Will Bye Bye You," and "The Whoopee Stomp" one of three numbers released as by Jimmy McHugh's Bostonians. Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller are heard in their recording debuts and the other key players include cornetist Jimmy McPartland and trombonist Glenn Miller, plus Fud Livingston, Larry Binyon, or Bud Freeman on tenor. The 15 songs are joined by ten alternate takes placed at the end of the CD and virtually every selection has at least one interesting jazz solo. The best of Jazz Oracle's perfectly realized Ben Pollack CDs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/2000
  • Label: Jazz Oracle
  • UPC: 620588801525
  • Catalog Number: 8015
  • Sales rank: 187,882

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 When I First Met Mary - Ben Pollack & His Californians (3:16)
  2. 2 'Deed I Do - Ben Pollack & His Californians (3:20)
  3. 3 You're the One for Me - Ben Pollack & His Californians (3:00)
  4. 4 He's the Last Word - Ben Pollack & His Californians (3:15)
  5. 5 Waitin' for Katie (3:00)
  6. 6 Memphis Blues (3:05)
  7. 7 Singapore Sorrows - Ben Pollack & His Californians (3:09)
  8. 8 Singapore Sorrows - Ben Pollack & His Californians (2:50)
  9. 9 Sweet Sue, Just You - Ben Pollack & His Californians (3:29)
  10. 10 Forever - Ben Pollack & His Park Central Orchestra (3:07)
  11. 11 Buy, Buy for Baby (Or Baby Will Bye Bye You) - Ben Pollack & His Park Central Orchestra (2:47)
  12. 12 She's One Sweet Show Girl - Ben Pollack & His Park Central Orchestra (2:43)
  13. 13 Baby! (2:46)
  14. 14 Remember I Love You (2:46)
  15. 15 The Whoopee Stomp (2:45)
  16. 16 'Deed I Do - Ben Pollack & His Californians (3:20)
  17. 17 You're the One for Me - Ben Pollack & His Californians (2:59)
  18. 18 He's the Last Word - Ben Pollack & His Californians (3:15)
  19. 19 Waitin' for Katie (3:03)
  20. 20 Memphis Blues (3:06)
  21. 21 Singapore Sorrows - Ben Pollack & His Californians (3:08)
  22. 22 Singapore Sorrows - Ben Pollack & His Californians (2:54)
  23. 23 Buy, Buy for Baby (Or Baby Will Bye Bye You) - Ben Pollack & His Park Central Orchestra (2:49)
  24. 24 She's One Sweet Show Girl - Ben Pollack & His Park Central Orchestra (2:43)
  25. 25 She's One Sweet Show Girl - Ben Pollack & His Park Central Orchestra (2:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ben Pollack Primary Artist, Drums, Vocals
Bud Freeman Tenor Saxophone
Benny Goodman Clarinet, Trumpet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Jack Teagarden Trombone
Jimmy McPartland Cornet
Earl Baker Cornet
Edward Bergman Violin
Larry Binyon Clarinet, Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Vic Breidis Piano
Harry Goodman Tuba, Bowed Bass
Fud Livingston Tenor Saxophone
Frankie Quartell Cornet
Gil Rodin Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Victor Young Violin
Alex Beller Violin
Al Harris Cornet
Franklyn Baur Vocals
Ben Pollack & His Orchestra Track Performer
Dorothy Williams Vocals
Belle Mann Vocals
Dick Morgan Banjo, Guitar
Technical Credits
Ben Pollack Director
W.C. Handy Composer
Joe Showler Liner Notes
George Norton Composer
John Wilby Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fine classic jazz and superb remastering.

    Whenever a new compact disc containing remastered material is issued, veteran collectors must surely ask themselves whether it is worth investing in an updated version of music they already have on records or other CD's. In the case of this Ben Pollack album, I had a number of the tracks on LP's issued in the 1970's. I decided to buy this CD because it offered some alternate takes I had never heard, and because I was already a fan of this music. When I began playing the disc, I was truly astonished at the quality of the remastered tracks compared to the LP's I had become accustomed to containing such early music. Jazz Oracle might better be named Jazz Miracle, and should be given some sort of award for the wonderful job they have done in the technical recreation of these Pollack sides. So, if like myself, you enjoy this music and already have some of it on LP; don't hesitate to upgrade your collection with the addition of this CD. Now, as to the music itself, at its simplest it is great fun, great rhythm, and a Roaring Twenties delight. Then throw in the superb musicianship of Jimmy McPartland, Benny Goodman, and Jack Teagarden in their earliest commercial recordings, and you have wonderful classic jazz, and a historical starting point upon which to develop your collection. For the casual listener, too, you can't go far wrong, for while you will obtain a number of alternate takes you will have an album of jazz by a band which rostered several of the greats 'back where it all began.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great early Goodman, Miller

    I love some great 1920s music, all the way through WWII. This collection has good music, but it's not for those who just want a sample of the era. It features what will become the big band era, including Goodman and Miller. Jazz Oracle is among the greatist labels, making this available.

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