Bunny Berigan Sideman - The ARC Years: 1931-1936
- Released: September 15, 1998
- Label: Iajrc Records
- 1.Ev'rything That's Nice Belongs To You
- 2.Under Your Window Tonight (Yoo-Hoo Hoo, I'll Call To You)
- 3.In The Merry Month Of Maybe
- 4.Too Many Tears
- 5.Stop The Sun, Stop The Moon
- 6.What Would You Do?
- 7.What Would You Do?
- 8.Sing A New Song
- 9.I'm So In Love
- 10.Stop The Sun, Stop The Moon
- 11.Gosh Darn
- 12.If I Had My Way 'Bout My Sweetie
- 13.How Do You Do It?
- 14.Underneath The Harlem Moon
- 15.Mighty River
- 16.All American Girl
- 17.What Would Happen To Me (If Something Happened To You)
- 19.You'll Get By (With A Twinkle In Your Eye)
- 20.On Accounta I Love You
- 21.I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
- 22.And Still No Luck With You
- 23.I'm An Old Cowhand
- 24.When Is A Kiss Not A Kiss
Contains 24 tracks.
Personnel: Bunny Berigan (trumpet); Chick Bullock, Dick Robertson, Harold "Scrappy" Lambert, Smith Ballew, Will Osborne (vocals); Nuncio "Toots" Mondello (alto); Carl Kress (guitar, banjo); Frank Worrell, Dick McDonough, Perry Botkin, Roc Hillman (guitar); Harry Hoffman, Joe Venuti, Lou Kosloff, Walter Edelstein (violin); Cornell Smelser (accordion); Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Tony Parenti (clarinet, alto saxophone); Arnold Brillhardt, Chester Hazlett, Mutt Hayes, Louis Martin (reeds); Fran Frey, Paul Mason , Bobby Davis (alto saxophone); Larry Binyon, Skeets Herfurt (tenor saxophone); Adrian Rollini (bass saxophone, vibraphone); Sammy Shapiro, Mickey Bloom, Harry Shilkret, Tommy Thunen (trumpet); Lloyd Turner, Jack Jenny, Charlie Butterfield, Don Mattison, Chuck Campbell (trombone); Joe Tarto, Hank Stern, Ward Lay, Stanley Green, Dick Cherwin (tuba); Fulton McGrath, Bobby Van Eps, Sammy Prager, Arthur Shutt, Justin King (piano); Larry Gomar (xylophone, drums); Milton Schlesinger, Ray McKinley, Stan King, Chauncey Morehouse (drums).
Liner Note Author: Bozy White.
Recording information: New York, NY (02/21/1931-09/23/1936).
Director: Victor Young.
Photographer: Duncan P. Schiedt.
Bunny Berigan was one of the greatest trumpeters of the 1930s and arguably the best of 1935-38. Prior to leading his short-lived big band in 1937, Berigan was a greatly in-demand sideman for studio work. A spectacular soloist who had a beautiful tone in all registers, as well as an expert sight-reader, Berigan appeared on literally hundreds of sessions during the 1930-36 period, making a lucrative living during the worst years of the Depression. This CD from the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors' label consists of 24 very obscure studio recordings, all of which have superior Berigan solos. The dance band charts, as played by Fred Rich, the ARC House Orchestra, Victor Young, Chick Bullock, and (in one case) the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, are mostly interchangeable, the songs are quite obscure, and the vocalists are routine if tolerable. But there are many short, hot solos, not only from Berigan but from the likes of clarinetist Jimmy Dorsey, violinist Joe Venuti, guitarist Eddie Lang, and other strong jazz players. Even veteran collectors of 1930s music will probably not be familiar with most of these enjoyable performances (Berigan's presence was not mentioned on the original 78s), making this a highly recommended set for lovers of pre-bop jazz. ~ Scott Yanow
In The Mood With: Best of the Big Band Era 1938 (CD)
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