A collection of some of the popular songs of the Roaring Twenties featuring the fabulous Dorsey Brothers, and the incomparable cornetist, Red Nichols. This first volume, in a series of three, features classic East Coast stompers "Hurricane", "Gold Digger Stomp" and "Shake". From the archives of Biograph Records.
Performers include: Tommy Dorsey, Red Nichols, Jimmy Dorsey.
Recorded in 1926-1928.
Contains 14 tracks.
Personnel: Jimmy Dorsey (clarinet, alto saxophone); Red Nichols (cornet); Julian Davidson (guitar); Tommy Fellini, Howdy Quicksell (banjo); Joe LaFaro, Joe Breck, Al Duffy (violin); Freddy Cusick, Pete Pumiglio, Bobby Davis (clarinet, alto saxophone); Sam Ruby, Elmer Drown (clarinet, tenor saxophone); George Bohn, Manny Prager, Belleau Montpelier, Eddie Brown, Jack Hill (reeds); Doc Ryker (alto saxophone); Frankie Trumbauer (C-melody saxophone); Spencer Clark, Adrian Rollini (bass saxophone); Fuzzy Farrar, Henry Levine, Mickey Bloom, Tony Russo, James Hanson, George Nickerson, Roy Johnston, Bill Moore Lucky Seven Band, Phil Napoleon (trumpet); Bill Rank, Abe Lincoln, Carl Loeffler, Al Philburn, Jerry Colonna, Miff Mole (trombone); Jack Russin, Itzy Riskin, Joe Herlihy, Frank Signorelli, Arthur Schutt, Chauncey Gray (piano); Herb Weil, Ted Napoleon, Vic Berton (drums).
Additional personnel: Howard Marcus (alto saxophone); Bob Fallon, Brass Band (tenor saxophone); Spencer Clark, Don Murray , Adrian Rollini (baritone saxophone); Chelsea Quealey, Tony Gianelli, Roy Johnson, Bill Moore (trumpet); Johnson Williams, Ted Napoleon, Chauncey Morehouse (drums); Joe Tarto, Hank Stern, Seldon Hammond, Frankie Trumbauer, Steve Brown (unknown instrument); Bill Rank, Fuzzy Farrar, Abe Lincoln, Herb Weil, Sam Ruby, Jack Russin, Doc Ryker, Carl Loeffler, Julian Davidson, Itzy Riskin, Al Philburn, Tommy Fellini, George Bohn, Freddy Cusick, Pete Pumiglio, Henry Levine, Mickey Bloom, Tony Russo, James Hanson, Joe LaFaro, Manny Prager, Joe Breck, Elmer Drown, Joe Herlihy, Belleau Montpelier, George Nickerson, Eddie Brown, Frank Signorelli, Howdy Quicksell, Al Duffy, Jack Hill, Jerry Colonna, Miff Mole, Phil Napoleon, Vic Berton, Arthur Schutt, Bobby Davis , Chauncey Gray.
Liner Note Author: Paul Burgess.
Recording information: New York, NY (04/16/1926-01/27/1928).
This CD is subtitled "Tommy Dorsey - Red Nichols - Jimmy Dorsey" but in reality The Dorsey Brothers are only heard as sidemen. Included on the enjoyable set are four selections from Red & Miff's Stompers (co-led by cornetist Nichols and trombonist Miff Mole), seven selections by The California Ramblers, two featuring the obscure Joe Herlihy's Orchestra and one by Phil Napoleon. The music ranges from hot (if complicated) '20s jazz to some jazz-oriented dance music. An improvement on Biograph's LP of the same name (due to the inclusion of a couple of extra tracks), these performances (originally released by the Edison label) are longer than the usual recordings of the era, often over four (as opposed to three) minutes long. Fans of '20s jazz will want to get this one. ~ Scott Yanow