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Vol. 6, 1928-1929
     

Vol. 6, 1928-1929

by Ben Pollack
 
This CD, which is volume six out of seven discs that reissue the complete output of the Ben Pollack band of 1926-32, is actually the Pollack ensemble without the leader. Issued under many pseudonyms (and with Ray Bauduc on drums rather than Pollack), the group is best known as the Whoopee Makers. Several

Overview

This CD, which is volume six out of seven discs that reissue the complete output of the Ben Pollack band of 1926-32, is actually the Pollack ensemble without the leader. Issued under many pseudonyms (and with Ray Bauduc on drums rather than Pollack), the group is best known as the Whoopee Makers. Several groups used that name (including ensembles led by Jack Pettis and the Duke Ellington Orchestra) but these 24 numbers (which have six alternate takes placed at the end of the program) are believed to be all of the selections during this time period that featured the Pollack sidemen. In the personnel on most of the numbers are trombonist Jack Teagarden, clarinetist Benny Goodman (who also takes one solo on alto) and trumpeter Jimmy McPartland. Some of the selections are very good examples of late-'20s hot jazz, including "Cause I'm in Love," "Digga Digga Doo" and "Bugle Call Rag." Some numbers find the band saddled with crummy singers (such as Claude Reese and the abysmal Mildred Roselle) but still overcome the vocal refrain to play some strong choruses. And a few jams are purposely corny ("Shirt Tail Stomp," "Icky Blues" and "Railroad Man") because those cornball efforts actually outsold the better jazz numbers. The program is well organized and despite the variance in quality, 1920s collectors will want this CD.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2004
Label:
Jazz Oracle
UPC:
0620588804229
catalogNumber:
8042
Rank:
111329

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben Pollack   Primary Artist
Benny Goodman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Jack Teagarden   Trombone,Soprano Trombone
Ray Bauduc   Drums
Jimmy McPartland   Trumpet
Irving Mills   Vocals
Larry Binyon   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Vic Breidis   Piano,Cello
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Harry Goodman   Tuba,Bowed Bass
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Gil Rodin   Alto Saxophone
Frank Signorelli   Piano
Harris   Trumpet
Matty Malneck   Violin
Dick McPartland   Banjo,Guitar
Glenn McGaha Miller   Trombone

Technical Credits

Benny Goodman   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Gil Rodin   Composer
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Hudson Whittaker   Composer
Jack King   Art Direction
Billy Meyers   Composer
John R.T. Davies   Producer
Joe Showler   Liner Notes
Alfredo d'Orsay   Composer
Byron Gay   Composer
Colin Bray   Producer
John Wilby   Producer,Liner Notes
Marco H. Hellman   Composer
Richard Rudy   Graphic Design

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