Vol. 1, 1926-1928

Vol. 1, 1926-1928

by Ben Pollack


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Vol. 1, 1926-1928

Ben Pollack led one of the most potentially significant little big bands during the second half of the 1920s. However listening to his recordings can be a bit frustrating in a similar way as it is to listen to Jean Goldkette's band with Bix Beiderbecke. Pollack's music was compromised by the leader's desire to balance the jazz with commercially accessible music although he himself was a fine drummer. All of Pollack's early recordings as a bandleader are scheduled to be reissued in full (with all of the alternate takes) by the Canadian Jazz Oracle label. Volume 1 covers a nearly two-year period and is highlighted by "He's the Last Word," "Memphis Blues," "Buy Buy for Baby (Or Baby Will Bye Bye You)," and "The Whoopee Stomp" (one of three numbers released as by Jimmy McHugh's Bostonians). Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller are heard in their recording debuts and the other key players include cornetist Jimmy McPartland and trombonist Glenn Miller, plus Fud Livingston, Larry Binyon, or Bud Freeman on tenor. The 15 songs are joined by ten alternate takes (placed at the end of the CD) and virtually every selection has at least one interesting jazz solo. The best of Jazz Oracle's perfectly realized Ben Pollack CDs.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/11/2000
Label: Jazz Oracle
UPC: 0620588801525
catalogNumber: 8015
Rank: 124395

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben Pollack   Primary Artist,Drums,Vocals
Bud Freeman   Tenor Saxophone
Benny Goodman   Clarinet,Trumpet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Jimmy McPartland   Cornet
Earl Baker   Cornet
Edward Bergman   Violin
Larry Binyon   Clarinet,Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Vic Breidis   Piano
Harry Goodman   Tuba,Bowed Bass
Fud Livingston   Tenor Saxophone
Frankie Quartell   Cornet
Gil Rodin   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Victor Young   Violin
Alex Beller   Violin
Harris   Cornet
Franklyn Baur   Vocals
Ben Pollack & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Dorothy Williams   Vocals
Belle Mann   Vocals
Dick Morgan   Banjo,Guitar

Technical Credits

Ben Pollack   Director
W.C. Handy   Composer
Joe Showler   Liner Notes
George Norton   Composer
John Wilby   Producer

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