Red Nichols Rhythm of the Day
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- by Red Nichols ~ Red Nichols and His Five Pennies, 1926-1930 ~ $3.87
- Released: February 1, 1987
- Label: Asv Living Era
- 1.Rhythm Of The Day
- 2.Buddy's Habits
- 3.Boneyard Shuffle
- 4.Alexander's Ragtime Band
- 5.Alabama Stomp
- 8.Mean Dog Blues
- 9.Riverboat Shuffle
- 11.Feelin' No Pain
- 12.Original Dixieland One-Step
- 13.Honolulu Blues
- 14.There'll Come A Time
- 15.Harlem Twist
- 16.Alice Blue Gown
- 17.Corrinne Corrina
- 18.Oh! Peter! You're So Nice!
- 19.Waiting For The Evening Mail
- 20.Sweet Sue, Just You
These recordings span the years 1926-1932.
Personnel: Red Nichols (trumpet, cornet); Johnny Davis, Wingy Manone (vocals, trumpet); Chauncey Morehouse (vocals, vibraphone, drums); Dick McDonough (guitar, banjo); Eddie Lang, Tony Colicchio, Carl Kress (guitar); Tony Starr (banjo); Alfie Evans (violin, clarinet, alto saxophone); Murray Kellner, Saul Sharrow, Jack Harris , Joe Venuti (violin); Lennie Hayton (cello, piano); Nick Koupoukis (flute, piccolo); Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Ross Gorman (clarinet, alto saxophone); Fud Livingston, Billy McGill (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Pee Wee Russell (clarinet); Babe Russin (tenor saxophone); Barney Acquelina, Adrian Rollini (baritone saxophone); Art Miller, Artie Bernstein (bass saxophone); Manny Klein, Leo McConville, Donald Lindley, Ruby Weinstein, Donald Lindley, James Kozak, Charlie Teagarden (trumpet); Glenn Miller, Miff Mole, Will Bradley (trombone); Jack Russin, Edgar Fairchild, Fulton McGrath, Milton Susskind, Arthur Schutt (piano); Vic Engle, Gene Krupa, Victor Engle, David Grupp, Vic Berton (drums).
Liner Note Author: Brian Rust.
Recording information: New York, NY (10/29/1925-02/18/1932).
Arrangers: Fud Livingston; Lennie Hayton.
Originally released in 1983 and reissued in 1992, Rhythm of the Day appears to have been among the first Red Nichols compilations ever to appear on compact disc. The 20 recordings, which appear in nearly chronological sequence, date from the years 1927-1932. These relics are beautifully remastered and the overall selection is superb. A native of Ogden, UT, Loring "Red" Nichols worked as a sessionman in countless studio orchestras and dance bands for many years prior to his rapid rise to fame as a popular bandleader during the mid-'20s. "Rhythm of the Day" was recorded in October of 1925 by saxophonist Ross Gorman & His Earl Carroll Orchestra. "Alexander's Ragtime Band," the "Original Dixieland One-Step," and the "Honolulu Blues" were performed by trombonist Miff Mole's Molers. Most of the remaining records were issued under the banner of Red Nichols & His Five Pennies, a snappy moniker invented by someone at Brunswick and casually assigned to ensembles whose lineup could amount to as many as six, eight, nine, or twelve players. Nichols' cohorts during this period included Mole, multi-instrumentalist Adrian Rollini, reedmen Jimmy Dorsey, Pee Wee Russell, and Fud Livingston; guitarists Dick McDonough, Eddie Lang, and Carl Kress; pianist Arthur Schutt, and innovative drummer Vic Berton. The scat vocal on "Harlem Twist" is by drummer Chauncey Morehouse, "Waiting for the Evening Mail" is sung by trumpeter Johnny Davis, and trumpeter Wingy Manone sings "Corrine Corrina" backed by a terrific troupe that included future bandleaders Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa. This excellent Red Nichols sampler is quite similar to ASV/Living Era's 26-track retrospective, That's a Bargain! which appeared in 2005. It's a shame that the producers didn't treat the later edition as a sequel to the first, as the two albums have 11 titles in common. Another way to feast upon Nichols' recorded output is to acquire each of his entries in the Classics Chronological Series, although either of both of Living Era's samplers are still the ideal way to get to know the work of this prolific early jazzman. ~ arwulf arwulf
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