The Columbia House Bands: Ben Selvin, Vol. 2

The Columbia House Bands: Ben Selvin, Vol. 2

by Ben Selvin Orchestra


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The Columbia House Bands: Ben Selvin, Vol. 2

During the early years of the Depression, bandleader Ben Selvin (who was very prolific in general during a 15-year period) led an enormous quantity of jazz-influenced dance band recording dates. The TOM label's second Ben Selvin CD is, if anything, even better than their first. There are short spots on some selections for clarinetist Benny Goodman, trombonist (and, in one case, scat singer) Jack Teagarden, trombonist Tommy Dorsey, and trumpeters Leo McConville and Manny Klein, plus vocals from Eddie Walters, Irving Kaufman, Smith Ballew and Helen Rowland, among others. Although the jazz aspects of the music are not dominant, the arrangements swing well for the period, the singing is tolerable, and the 23 selections bring back the atmosphere of the times. Among the better selections are "The Free and Easy," "'Tain't No Sin," "Thank Your Father," "I'm In the Market for You" and "Cheerful Little Earful." This hot dance band style has often been overlooked in jazz history books, so it is good that at least some of the countless performances of Ben Selvin's ensembles have been made available to today's listeners.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/14/1998
Label: Old Masters
UPC: 0705283011728
catalogNumber: 117

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben Selvin Orchestra   Primary Artist
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Jack Teagarden   Tuba,scat
Carl Kress   Banjo,Guitar
Joe Mooney   Vocals
Adrian Rollini   Baritone Saxophone
Knickerbockers   Vocals
Rube Bloom   Piano
Tony Colucci   Banjo,Guitar
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet
Tommy Dorsey   Tuba
Tommy Fellini   Banjo,Guitar
Stan King   Drums
Moran   Piano
Arthur Schutt   Piano
Ben Selvin   Violin
Lucien Smith   Clarinet
Eva Taylor   Vocals
Dick McDonough   Banjo,Guitar
Joe Tarto   Bass
Hymie Wolfson   Table Steel
Hank Stern   Bass
Jack Hansen   Bass
Louis Martin   Clarinet
Smith Ballew   Vocals
Irving Kaufman   Vocals
Norman McPherson   Bass
Sunshine Boys   Track Performer
Irving Brodsky   Piano
Leo McConville   Trumpet
Bob Effros   Trumpet
Tommy Gott   Trumpet
Mike Mosiello   Trumpet
Larry Abbott   Clarinet
Andy Sannella   Clarinet
Fred Farrar   Trumpet
Eddie Walters   Vocals
Merle Johnston   Clarinet
Helen Rowland   Vocals,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
John R.T. Davies   Transfer Assistant
Cornell Smelser   Piano Accompanist
Jack Maskill   Composer
Randy Skretvedt   Liner Notes
Joseph McCarthy   Composer
James Hanley   Composer

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