Recorded in Hollywood 1933

Recorded in Hollywood 1933

by Eddie South


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Recorded in Hollywood 1933

Eddie South was a talented jazz violinist who never really achieved the fame that he deserved; though he was a contemporary of Stéphane Grappelli and Stuff Smith, most of his work was for radio and films. As a result, relatively few of his recordings have appeared on CD. So the discovery of 16 of his earliest radio transcription programs, all sponsored by a women's beauty product called Cheloni-Skin, is an important find. They are collected in their entirety on this three-CD compilation, complete with unidentified announcers (and commercials if there is a music bed by South). While the performances ranges from easy listening to Latin pop themes of the era, tangos, gypsy swing, novelty numbers and downright corn, the clarity and preservation of these vintage recordings is surprising. South was a virtuoso violinist who arranged all of the musical selections and also composed a few originals heard on Recorded in Hollywood 1933. Most notable among his band's members are bassist Milt Hinton (who was amazed that these recordings were uncovered) and guitarist Everett Barksdale, both of whom are occasionally heard as soloists and vocalists. The remaining musicians, including Clifford King (clarinet and vocals), pianist Antonia Spaulding (who doubles on celesta), J. Wright Smith (strictly an ensemble violinist) and drummer Jimmy Bertrand, provide strong support for South, even if they don't make much of an impression themselves. It is very difficult to comment about the music within this collection without taking into context why it was recorded in the first place: to sell cosmetics. While the typical swing fan may get impatient with the tedious studio announcer, the novelty pieces and the overly sweet texture of some songs, South's abilities are never in doubt and are best represented by the occasional standard (including "Star Dust," "Body and Soul," "I'll Never Be the Same," "Three Little Words" and "Moon Songs") and jazz piece (Fats Waller's "If It Ain't Love"). Perhaps the most fascinating discovery is a novelty vocal feature for Hinton, "Throw a Little Salt on the Bluebird's Tail," which also has a bit of scatting. Jazz violin scholar Anthony Barnett contributed the detailed liner notes, while a number of vintage photographs are also included. While this collection will fall outside the interest of some swing fans, anyone interested in early jazz violin ought to investigate these long-obscure performances. The obvious conclusion is what Eddie South might have accomplished if he had only been given greater opportunities to record during his lifetime.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/19/2006
Label: Jazz Oracle
UPC: 0620588805424
catalogNumber: 8054
Rank: 126442

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddie South   Primary Artist,Violin,Vocals
Everett Barksdale   Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy Bertrand   Percussion,Drums
Milt Hinton   Vocals,String Bass
J. Wright Smith   Violin,Ensemble
Clifford King   Clarinet,Vocals

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Eddie South   Arranger
Harry (Henry) Thacker Burleigh   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
Pete Lofthouse   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Frank Signorelli   Composer
Jack King   Art Direction
Matty Malneck   Composer
Eliseo Grenet   Composer
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Gerardo Hernán Matos Rodriguez   Composer
Oley Speaks   Composer
Stanley Damerell   Composer
Enrique Santos Discépolo   Composer
Ferde Grofé   Composer
Anthony Barnett   Liner Notes
Colin Bray   Producer
Walter Jurmann   Composer
Traditional   Composer
John Wilby   Producer
Richard Rudy   Graphic Design
Docteur Nico   Composer

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