A collection of popular songs of the Roaring Twenties featuring the fabulous Dorsey Brothers, and the incomparable cornetist, Red Nichols. This third volume, in a series of three, has more classic twenties songs in the style known as West Coast rambler featuring "What A Man!", "Blue River" and "Glad Rag Doll". From the archives of Biograph Records.
Full performer name: Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey/Red Nichols.
Personnel includes: Tommy Dorsey (trombone); Jimmy Dorsey (saxophone); Red Nichols (trumpet); Arthur Fields, Ed Kirkeby, Phil Dewey (vocals); Bobby Davis (soprano & alto saxophones, clarinet); Harold Marcus (alto saxophone, clarinet); Sam Ruby (tenor saxophone); Adrian Rollini, Spencer Clark (bass saxophone); Bill Moore, Billy Keyes, Roy Johnston, Chelsea Quealey, Frank Cush (trumpet); Edward Lapp, Chuck Campbell, Reg Harrington (trombone); Ward Lay, Jack Hansen (tuba); Al Duffy, Joe LaFaro (violin); Tom Fellini (guitar, banjo); Jack Russin, Chauncey Gray, Irving Brodsky (piano); Al Weber (bass); Herb Weil, Stan King (drums).
Recorded in New York, New York between January 1925 and August 1929. Includes liner notes by Chris Albertson.
Jimmy Dorsey/Red Nichols/California Ramblers/Tommy Dorsey (Trombone): Arthur Field (vocals); Tom Fellini (banjo); Fred Cusick, Elmer 'Bunny' Drown, Tommy Dorsey , Bobby Davis (reeds); Adrian Rollini (bass saxophone); Bill Moore (trumpet); Lloyd 'Ole' Olsen, Grorge Troup (trombone); Jimmy Dorsey (spoils of war); Arnold Brillhardt, Chelsea Quealey, Abe Lincoln, Herb Weil, Sam Ruby, Jack Russin, Roy Johnston, Ted Black, Frank Cush, Irving Brodsky, Red Nichols, Ron Davis, Stan King.
Personnel: Ed Kirkeby, Arthur L. Field (vocals); Tommy Fellini (guitar, banjo); Joe LaFaro, Al Duffy (violin); Stan King (kazoo, drums); Pete Pumiglio, Harold Marcus (clarinet, reeds, alto saxophone); Ron Davis (clarinet, alto saxophone); Sam Ruby (reeds, tenor saxophone); Arnold Brillhardt, Freddy Cusick, Carl Orech, Jimmy Dorsey (reeds); Spencer Clark, Adrian Rollini (baritone saxophone); Chelsea Quealey, Roy Johnston, Billy Keyes, Frank Cush, Bill Moore Lucky Seven Band, Angie Rattiner, Moe Selzer, Fred Van Eps, Jr., Red Nichols (trumpet); Abe Lincoln, Carl Loeffler, Reg Harrington, George Troup, Tommy Dorsey (trombone); Ward Lay, Jack Hansen (tuba); Jack Russin, Ted Black, Irving Brodsky, Chauncey Gray (piano); Herb Weil, Chick Condon, Jimmy Wilson (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Chris Albertson; Paul Burgess.
Recording information: New York, NY (01/19/1925-08/01/1929).
The staunchly Midwestern dance band known as the California Ramblers was formed in Ohio back in 1921 by banjoist Ray Kitchingman, and soon after gravitating to New York was operating under the leadership of Wallace T. "Ed" Kirkeby, whose first decisive act as assistant recording manager at Columbia Records had been to assemble Earl Fuller's Jazz Band in order to compete with Victor's Original Dixieland Jazz Band. With a lineup that included trumpeters Red Nichols and Chelsea Quealey, trombonists Abe Lincoln and Tommy Dorsey, multi-instrumental reedmen Jimmy Dorsey and Adrian Rollini, pianist Irving Brodsky, and drummer Stan King, the California Ramblers were one of the most heavily recorded hot dance bands of the 1920s, thanks to Kirkeby's connections. Given the sheer magnitude of their output (hundreds of titles), the limited scope of their reissues in the digital format is somewhat puzzling. During the LP era Biograph unearthed and made available 24 of their best recordings on two vinyl albums, entitled Hallelujah! and Miss Annabelle Lee. Hallelujah! was reissued in 1999 by Biograph as New York Jazz in the Roaring Twenties, Vol. 3, and then again in 2007 in an essentially identical edition by Collectables. For those who obtained the LP long ago and have developed a fondness for this particular playlist, a straightforward reissue of the entire album using the same track sequence is a dream come true. For those who haven't yet had the pleasure, New York Jazz in the Roaring Twenties, Vol. 3 might be the most essential California Ramblers album ever made available to the public. "Oh! Mabel" and "Up and at 'Em" are excellent examples of how this band sounded with the throttle wide open. "When Erastus Plays His Old Kazoo," which compares well with the version by Johnny Dodds' Black Bottom Stompers, is distinctly recognizable as the root of the '30s novelty "At the Codfish Ball." As for the vocals, what you get from the California Ramblers is a brand of chortling that epitomizes '20s pop culture. That means corny, sweet, na?ve, and oddly entertaining. If Kirkeby sounds like a ventriloquist singing Vincent Youmans' "Hallelujah!" and "Everything Is Hotsy-Totsy Now" seems quaint as a cup full of comfits, "'Cause I Feel Low Down" is a valiant attempt by a Caucasian lad to sing something somehow connected with the blues. "What a Man!" is a delightful example of the sort of gender-bending that still occurs whenever a singer opts not to alter lyrics that were originally written for someone of the opposite sex. This version of "What a Man!" should really be considered essential listening for academics engaged in Queer Studies. The most intriguing selection in this collection, however, is "Broken Idol," a dramatically arranged Oriental foxtrot from 1929 that opens like the soundtrack to a classic early Hollywood location shot of Shanghai and ends with an "exotic" stroke on Stan King's cymbal. The effect of this performance upon an impressionable listener with a highly developed imagination should not be underestimated. ~ arwulf arwulf