Radio Rhythm

Radio Rhythm

by Don Neely's Royal Society Six


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Radio Rhythm

This is the first album Don Neely's San Francisco-based Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (founded in November 1975) cut for the Circle label. The play list is filled with gems that were heard during the halcyon days when radio was the major family entertainment. Part of that entertainment was the broadcast of the kinds of music heard on this album, either remotes from hotel ballrooms and restaurants or through regularly sponsored broadcasts. Using arrangements that are the same or similar to those used by the bands of the '20s, '30s, and '40s, Neely's band has an air of authenticity about it that is unsurpassed by others playing nostalgia music. This album recreates the music of such popular figures of the times as Fletcher Henderson ("Radio Rhythm"), Benny Goodman and Helen Ward ("Throwin' Stones at the Sun"), and Libby Holman ("Moanin' Low"). To his credit, Neely has avoided the temptation to stick with those tunes that have survived and become entries in the Great American Songbook. There are novelty tunes here that have not seen the light of day for quite a while. Listen to Carla Normand do "Swing, Mister Charlie" (made popular by Judy Garland with Bob Crosby & His Orchestra). The band is well-versed in the syncopated rhythms that were popular during those days. Carla Normand does the bulk of the vocalizing with poise and assurance. Leader Neely, in addition to playing all the reeds, chips in with 1930s-style warbling on tunes like "Honolulu Baby." This album is a lot of fun and is recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/12/1994
Label: Circle
UPC: 0762247412724
catalogNumber: 127
Rank: 173360

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Neely's Royal Society Six   Primary Artist
Don Neely   Clarinet,Leader,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Vocals
Frank Davis   Trumpet,Cornet
Carla Normand   Vocals
Steve Appel   Drums
Jeff Wells   Bass,Tuba,String Bass
Mark Warren   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Dix Bruce   Banjo,Guitar
Lin Patch   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Frederick Hodges   Piano,Vocals,Orchestra Bells
Cal Abbot   Bassoon
Kent Mikasa   Cornet
Jon Schermer   Trombone

Technical Credits

Horace Henderson   Arranger
Don Neely   Liner Notes,Cover Art
Carla Normand   Cover Art
Bill Challis   Arranger
Michael Cogan   Engineer
George H. Buck   Producer,Liner Notes

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