- Released: June 20, 2006
- Label: Jazz Oracle
- 1.Congratulations - The Dorsey Brothers, Pinkard
- 2.I'm Just Wild About Harry - The Dorsey Brothers, Sissle, Noble
- 3.After You've Gone - The Dorsey Brothers, Creamer
- 4.Tiger Rag - The Dorsey Brothers, LaRocca
- 5.Tiger Rag - The Dorsey Brothers, LaRocca
- 6.St. Louis Blues - The Dorsey Brothers, Handy, W.C.
- 7.Dixie Lee - The Dorsey Brothers, Hill, Alexander
- 8.Delta Bound - The Dorsey Brothers, Hill, Alexander
- 9.Dawn Patrol - The Dorsey Brothers,
- 10.Good Night, Lovely Little Lady - The Dorsey Brothers, Gordon
- 11.(She Walks Like You, She Talks Like You) She Reminds Me of You - The Dorsey Brothers, Gordon
- 12.Hold My Hand - The Dorsey Brothers, Henderson
- 13.Sweet and Simple - The Dorsey Brothers, Henderson
- 14.Nasty Man - The Dorsey Brothers, Henderson
- 15.My Dog Loves You Dog - The Dorsey Brothers, Henderson
- 16.How Do I Know It's Sunday? - The Dorsey Brothers, Kahal
- 17.Judy - The Dorsey Brothers, Carmichael, Hoagy
- 18.May I? - The Dorsey Brothers, Gordon
- 19.Love Thy Neighbor - The Dorsey Brothers, Gordon
- 20.I've Had My Moments - The Dorsey Brothers, Kahn, Gus
- 21.On Accounta I Love You - The Dorsey Brothers, Green
- 22.So Help Me - The Dorsey Brothers, Berlin, Irving
- 23.Easy Come, Easy Go - The Dorsey Brothers, Heyman, Edward
- 24.Annie's Cousin Fannie (Is a Sweetie of Mine) - The Dorsey Brothers, Miller, Glen
- 25.Bugle Call Rag - The Dorsey Brothers,
Personnel: Joe Venuti (vocals, spoken vocals, violin); Don Matteson, Major Glenn Miller's American Band of the AEF, Tommy Dorsey (vocals, trombone); Chick Bullock, Connee Boswell, Harold "Scrappy" Lambert, George Beuchler, Kay Weber (vocals); Dick McDonough, Alan Ferguson, Roc Hillman, Carl Kress (guitar); Harry Hoffman (violin); Chester Hazlett, Jimmy Dorsey (clarinet, alto saxophone); Skeets Herfurt (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Lyle Bowen, Alfie Evans (alto saxophone); Larry Binyon, Jim Crossan, Jack Stacey, Vernon "Mutt" Hayes, Hubert Spencer (tenor saxophone); Delmar Kaplan, Artie Bernstein, Spike Hughes (baritone saxophone); Manny Klein, Frank Guarente, Charlie Margulis, Muggsy Spanier, Bunny Berigan, Charlie Spivak (trumpet); Lloyd Turner, Joe Yukl, Chuck Campbell (trombone); Fulton McGrath, Bobby Van Eps, Irving Brodsky, Claude Ivy, Martha Boswell (piano); Larry Gomar, Chauncey Morehouse (vibraphone, drums); Joe Tarto (double bass); Bill Harty, Ray Bauduc, Ray McKinley, Stan King (drums).
Audio Remasterers: Ted Kendall; John R.T. Davies.
Liner Note Author: John Wilby.
Recording information: 1930-1934.
Arrangers: Major Glenn Miller's American Band of the AEF; Billy Moore Jr. .
Jazz Oracle's no-stone-unturned approach bears fruit again in what the producers describe as the fourth and final installment in their series devoted to the early recordings of the Dorsey Brothers. There are cameo appearances by several great trumpeters, including Bunny Berigan, Muggsy Spanier, and Frank Guarente. Tracks two through six were recorded in London on July 15, 1930, and feature Jimmy Dorsey blowing clarinet and alto sax with string bassist Spike Hughes & His Three Blind Mice. Unlike almost everything else on this set, there are no vocals on the Hughes sides, which consist of W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues," Creamer & Layton's "After You've Gone," Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake's "I'm Just Wild About Harry," and two takes of that jazzed-up New Orleans quadrille, the "Tiger Rag." The only other instrumental track on this collection is a nicely done version of Hoagy Carmichael's "Judy," using an arrangement by trombonist Glenn Miller, who was working for the Dorseys in 1934. Perhaps it was this recording that prompted Frances Ethel Gumm to change her name to Judy Garland, for she later claimed to have been inspired by Hoagy's melody.
During the early '30s, singers were viewed by artist and repertoire directors as practically indispensable in order for phonograph records to be sold in sufficient quantities. No pop singer cut more platters during the Great Depression than Chick Bullock, who commandeers no less than seven tracks on this collection. "Dixie Lee" and "Delta Bound" were released to the public as by Chick Bullock & His Levee Loungers. Other chortlers heard in this entertaining grab bag of vintage delights are Scrappy Lambert ("Congratulations"), George Beuchler ("Sweet and Simple"), and trombonist Don Matteson ("She Reminds Me of You"). As for femininity, Kay Weber was entrusted with important numbers like "Nasty Man" and "My Dog Loves Your Dog." The individual heard leading a vocal chorus during "Annie's Cousin Fannie (Is a Sweetie of Mine)" is the aforementioned Glenn Miller, who also wrote the tune. The final track deviates from the chronology by dating from September 1932. Backed by the Dorseys in an eight-piece group led by Victor Young, Connee Boswell shares a test pressing of "Bugle Call Rag" with violinist Joe Venuti, who also pipes up during "Dawn Patrol." This in itself is intriguing, as opportunities to hear Venuti using his voice are somewhat uncommon. Jazz Oracle's fascinating time capsule is crammed with delectable dollops of Depression Era jazz and pop. Guaranteed to go over well at house parties where everyone is sipping martinis while dressed up like Al Bowlly and Gertrude Lawrence. ~ arwulf arwulf