Alex Bartha Alex Bartha's Hotel Traymore Orchestra & Roane's Pennsylvanians
- Released: June 13, 2000
- Label: Old Masters
- 1.There's Ocean of Love - (take 1)
- 2.There's Ocean of Love - (take 2)
- 3.On the Merry-Go-Round - (take 1)
- 4.On the Merry-Go-Round - (take 2)
- 5.Hot Biscuits
- 6.Red Blues
- 7.It Must Be Swell to Be Laying Out Dead
- 8.When You and I Were Young, Maggie
- 9.We've Got to Put That Sun Back in the Sky
- 10.Chinatown, My Chinatown
- 11.Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - (take 1)
- 12.Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - (take 2)
- 13.Is I in Love? Is - (take 1)
- 14.Is I in Love? Is - (take 2)
- 15.Goodbye Blues - (take 1)
- 16.Goodbye Blues - (take 2)
- 17.Why Don't You Get Lost? - (take 1)
- 18.Why Don't You Get Lost? - (take 2)
- 19.Charlie Two-Step - (take 1)
- 20.Charlie Two-Step - (take 2)
- 21.Cast Your Sins Away - (take 1)
- 22.Cast Your Sins Away - (take 2)
- 23.Sleep, Come on and Take Me
's Hotel Traymore Orchestra/Roane's Pennsylvanians.
Personnel includes: Alex Bartha (conductor); Carl White, Cliff Nazarro, Bobby Roberts, Snowball (vocals); Ziggy Elman (trombone).
Recorded in 1932. Includes liner notes by Paul Bergess.
Digitally remastered by George Morrow.
Personnel: Bobby Roberts (vocals, violin, tenor saxophone); Carl White (vocals, violin); Paul Savage (alto, guitar, piano); Terry Page (alto, trombone); Harry Berman, Louis Martino (tenor, trumpet); Dyke Bittenbender, Johnny Nadlinger (clarinet, alto saxophone); Joe Allard (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Ziggy Elman (trombone); Herb Lee (drums).
Recording information: 01/04/1932-07/06/1932.
Director: Alex Bartha.
A couple of excellent jazz-influenced dance bands are featured on this CD. The year 1932 is often thought of as one of the low points in jazz history (particularly on records) due to the Depression, but there was more good music being recorded during that era than is often acknowledged. The seven songs (counting two alternate takes) from Alex Bartha's Hotel Traymore Orchestra (a ten-piece group) are most noticeable for the trombone solos by Harry Finkelman, who would a few years later be known as a trumpeter called Ziggy Elman. Elman was a fine trombonist (though he never played the instrument again in public after joining Benny Goodman in 1936) and shares solo space with the fine trumpeter Phil Shreve; Carl White takes the vocals. Also included on this CD are ten numbers plus six alternate takes from the Roane's Pennsylvanians, a 12-piece group with no famous names (including a saxophonist named Dyke Bittenbender). Their dance band music is excellent, including such songs as "Chinatown, My Chinatown," "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea," "Goodbye Blues," and "Charlie Two-Step." An excellent acquisition for collectors of hot dance band music. ~ Scott Yanow
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