The Uncollected Dick Jurgens & His Orchestra, Vol. 1 (1937-1939)

The Uncollected Dick Jurgens & His Orchestra, Vol. 1 (1937-1939)

by Dick Jurgens & His Orchestra

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The Uncollected Dick Jurgens & His Orchestra, Vol. 1 (1937-1939)

Sacramento-born trumpeter and bandleader Dick Jurgens led a sweet swing band that made its first records in 1934. By 1937-1939, when the material on Hindsight's first volume of The Uncollected Dick Jurgens & His Orchestra was recorded, Jurgens was leading a successful orchestra off of which Glenn Miller would periodically feed for fresh material. Vocals, and most of the songs had vocals, were occasionally by pianist Ronnie Kemper but usually by guitarist Eddy Howard, who left Jurgens in 1940 and formed his own band in 1941. This is a very accurate survey of the Dick Jurgens Orchestra. The proportions are correct in that most of the songs are romantic ballads or ditties (best of all perhaps being Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood"), with the lighthearted "There's a New Picture in My Picture Frame" tossed in for the sake of perkiness along with "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down," a melody fated to be associated with Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes animated films. Best of all are two authentic instrumental jazz performances; Harold Mooney's "Swamp Fire" and Jelly Roll Morton's "King Porter Stomp" are examples of the Dick Jurgens Orchestra in high gear, sounding like a real jazz big band or, more accurately, a sweet dance band that could swing like the dickens when the occasion called for it.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/1992
Label: Hindsight Records
UPC: 0014921011120
catalogNumber: 111

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dick Jurgens & His Orchestra   Primary Artist
Dick Jurgens   Trumpet,Leader
Eddy Howard   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Bob Lee   Saxophone
Bobby Lee   Saxophone
Ronnie Kemper   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Eddie Kuehler   Trumpet
Lou Quadling   Piano
Jimmy Shevenko   Saxophone
Lou Vacca   Trumpet
Art Aievoli   Trumpet
Art Modell   Bass
Carl Brandt   Violin,Saxophone,Double Violin
Floyd Adams   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Dick Jurgens   Cover Photo
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Cliff Friend   Composer
Wally Heider   Producer
Gordon Kennedy   Composer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Irving Townsend   Liner Notes
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Lou Quadling   Arranger
Irving Gordon   Composer
James V. Monaco   Composer
Hugh Williams   Composer
Allan Roberts   Composer
Carl Brandt   Arranger
Alvin Kaufman   Composer
Dave Franklin   Composer

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