Whistling in the Dark

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Based on its cover art, Whistling in the Dark seems like an old archival release, digging up the forgotten recordings of a '20s or '30s crooner or bandleader. This is entirely intentional, of course. Alex Mendham trades upon the sound and style of the '20s and '30s, digging deep into the era, excavating arrangements from the time and then leading his orchestra with gusto. As a teenager, Mendham was knocked out by Bix Beiderbecke and now that he's a young man in his twenties, he retains some of that adolescent enthusiasm, which is what makes Whistling in the Dark something surprising: it's precise in re-creating its era, but performed with vigor. This isn't a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Based on its cover art, Whistling in the Dark seems like an old archival release, digging up the forgotten recordings of a '20s or '30s crooner or bandleader. This is entirely intentional, of course. Alex Mendham trades upon the sound and style of the '20s and '30s, digging deep into the era, excavating arrangements from the time and then leading his orchestra with gusto. As a teenager, Mendham was knocked out by Bix Beiderbecke and now that he's a young man in his twenties, he retains some of that adolescent enthusiasm, which is what makes Whistling in the Dark something surprising: it's precise in re-creating its era, but performed with vigor. This isn't a musty museum piece; it's living, breathing music and, as this 20-track CD rolls on, the Alex Mendham Orchestra can makes it seem like the '20s and '30s have never gone away, which is no small trick.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/2013
  • Label: Rivermont
  • UPC: 620953467424
  • Catalog Number: 2224
  • Sales rank: 115,013

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alex Mendham & His Orchestra Primary Artist
Nick Charles Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Matt Redman Banjo, Guitar
Chris Lowe Trombone
Trevor Wensley Piano
Simon Marsh Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Orpheus Papafilippou Violin
Nicholas D. Ball Percussion
Mark Phillimore Announcer
Marc Easener Tuba, String Bass
Geoff Bartholomew Trumpet
Angus Moncrieff Trumpet
Alex Mendham Leader, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Technical Credits
Frankie Trumbauer Composer
Don Redman Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Jack Pettis Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Con Conrad Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Arthur Freed Composer
Cliff Friend Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Isham Jones Composer
Bert Kalmar Composer
Ballard MacDonald Composer
Jack Palmer Composer
Sid Phillips Arranger
Cole Porter Composer
Harry Ruby Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Billy Meyers Composer
Matty Malneck Arranger, Composer
Peter Van Steeden Composer
Jack Mason Arranger
Jimmy Dale Arranger
Dana Suesse Composer
Joe Young Composer
Edgar Leslie Composer
Bernice Petkere Composer
Harry Revel Composer
James V. Monaco Composer
Dave Ringle Composer
Frank Skinner Arranger
Alfred Bryan Composer
Harry Clarkson Composer
Pete Wendling Composer
Eugene West Composer
Charles Newman Composer
Francis Henry Composer
Paul Weirick Arranger
Ray Frensham Liner Notes
Bryan Wright Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Mastering, Layout
Walter Paul Arranger
Allen Boretz Composer
Madeline Hyde Composer
John W. Green Composer
James McCaffrey Composer
Simon Marsh Engineer
Geoffrey Clarkson Composer
Ryan McDonnell Cover Art
Dave Silverstein Composer
Alex Mendham Producer, Liner Notes
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