Larry Adler I Got Rhythm
- Released: September 24, 2001
- Label: Pearl
- 1.Sophisticated Lady
- 2.St. Louis Blues
- 3.Isn't This a Lovely Day?/Top Hat: Isn't This A Lovely Day? / Top Hat
- 4.Hungarian Dance No. 5
- 5.Tiger Rag
- 7.Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)
- 8.Cheek to Cheek
- 9.Red Sails in the Sunset / I'll Never Say 'Never Again' Again: Red Sails In The Sunset / I'll Never Say "Never Again" Again
- 10.The Continental
- 11.September in the Rain / Moon at Sea / Home Town: September In The Rain / Moon At Sea / Home Town
- 12.Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
- 13.Rhapsody in Blue
- 14.Creole Love Call
- 15.Melody in F
- 16.They All Laughed
- 17.They Can't Take That Away from Me
- 18.I've Got You Under My Skin
- 19.I Got Rhythm
- 20.Love Me Forever / South American Joe: Love Me Forever / South American Joe
- 21.Lover, Come Back to Me
- 22.Night and Day / Tiger Rag: Night And Day / Tiger Rag
- 23.Oh, Lady Be Good
- 24.Creole Love Call
Recorded between 1934 & 1939.
Personnel: Larry Adler (vocals, piano).
Liner Note Author: Tony Watts.
Harmonica virtuoso Larry Adler spent most of his time in England and Europe during the 1930s. Like Living Era's Maestro of the Mouth Organ, Pearl Flapper's I Got Rhythm focuses upon the recordings he made between December 1934 and May 1938. The harmonica was already prevalent in the blues during the late '20s and early '30s, as documented in recordings by such mouth harp masters as Noah Lewis, Freeman Stowers and Jaybird Coleman. Before Adler, the instrument had made only a few modest inroads into the jazz world. One famous example is Roy Smeck's homey harmonica solo during King Oliver's December 1929 recording of "Frankie and Johnny." It was Larry Adler who helped establish the mouth organ as a viable option in both jazz and classical music. Only three examples from the latter category are included in this compilation: George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," the "Hungarian Dance No. 5" by Johannes Brahms and Anton Rubinstein's "Melody in F." Aside from the traditional "Londonderry Air" and a couple of tunes associated with Fred Astaire, most everything else comes from the working jazz repertoire of the day. Adler was a brilliant technician and a skilled improviser. The recordings he made during the '30s paved the way for modern masters like Toots Thielemans and Peter "Madcat" Ruth. ~ arwulf arwulf
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