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Home in Pasadena: Very Best of the Pasadena Roof Orchestra
     

Home in Pasadena: Very Best of the Pasadena Roof Orchestra

by Pasadena Roof Orchestra
 
The British Jazz Age revivalists of the Pasadena Roof Orchestra present the range of their talent on this 45-track, two-CD compilation. Nominally, the PRO is a re-creation of a 1920s society dance band in the manner of those of popular bandleaders of the time such as Paul Whiteman and Ben Selvin. But over the

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The British Jazz Age revivalists of the Pasadena Roof Orchestra present the range of their talent on this 45-track, two-CD compilation. Nominally, the PRO is a re-creation of a 1920s society dance band in the manner of those of popular bandleaders of the time such as Paul Whiteman and Ben Selvin. But over the course of many records, the group has expanded its perspective somewhat, to take in other music of the '20s and early '30s, including hotter jazz groups like Duke Ellington's Jungle Band as well as Broadway show tunes and movie songs. Still, they tend to play them at what, in the '20s, was known as foxtrot tempo, so that, for instance, "Singing in the Rain" bounces along quickly, as it did when it was first performed, not when Gene Kelly danced to it in the movie of the same name in the '50s. Among these selections, the PRO occasionally crosses the time and style barrier of the Swing Era that began in the mid-'30s, even to the point of performing the Benny Goodman barnburner "Sing Sing Sing" and presenting "As Time Goes By" in an arrangement reminiscent of the way it sounds in the '40s film Casablanca. In fact, the group time travels farther forward, incorporating the Beatles' "Honey Pie," which is at least a '20s pastiche number even if it has a 1968 copyright, and Queen's "The Show Must Go On." The orchestra plays the material straight, if with a distinctly British feel, particularly in the vocals, despite much of the music having an American origin. This makes for occasional oddities, none odder than the singer on the novelty "Paddlin' Madelin' Home," who not only cannot bring himself to drop that "g" in "paddlin'," but then adds another to preserve the rhyme, actually singing, "paddling Mad'ling home"! But that may only show that the PRO does have a sense of humor about its music after all.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/2008
Label:
Castle Pulse
UPC:
5016073052728
catalogNumber:
527

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pasadena Roof Orchestra   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Louis Prima   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
James P. Johnson   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Noël Coward   Composer
David Courtney   Composer
Woody Kern   Composer
Bunny Sigler   Composer
Tom Glazer   Composer
Fabian André   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Sam H. Stept   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
J. Russel Robinson   Composer
Sean Davis   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Chester Conn   Composer
John W. Bratton   Composer
Lee Porter   Composer
Coburn   Composer
Summer Rose   Composer
Wynn Stanley   Composer
Schwandt   Composer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer
Glazer   Composer
Gary Clarke   Composer
N. H. Brown   Composer
Harry M. Woods   Composer
SchonberGER   Composer
Ali Koehler   Composer
Bratton   Composer
Diane Lawrence   Composer
Joseph George Gilbert   Composer
Brad Newman   Composer
John Kennett   Composer

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