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|Ben Pollack||Primary Artist, Drums, Vocals|
|Bud Freeman||Tenor Saxophone|
|Benny Goodman||Clarinet, Trumpet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone|
|Larry Binyon||Clarinet, Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone|
|Harry Goodman||Tuba, Bowed Bass|
|Fud Livingston||Tenor Saxophone|
|Gil Rodin||Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone|
|Ben Pollack & His Orchestra||Track Performer|
|Dick Morgan||Banjo, Guitar|
|Joe Showler||Liner Notes|
Posted October 1, 2010
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.'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.