Jan Garber The Hot Years 1925-1930
- Released: December 15, 1998
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Old Masters
- 1.Sister Kate
- 2.Since My Best Gal Turned Me Down
- 3.That's Why I'm Happy
- 4.Baby Face
- 5.There's a Blue Ridge in My Heart, Virginia
- 6.Blue Shadows
- 7.Tiger Rag
- 9.Weary River
- 10.There Ain't No "Maybe" In My Baby's Eyes
- 11.Steppin' Around
- 12.'Round Evening
- 13.Sonny Boy
- 15.Washington & Lee Swing
- 16.VMI Spirit
- 17.You Don't Like It-Not Much!
- 19.She's a Great, Great Girl
- 20.Back in Your Own Backyard
- 21.Tin Ear
- 22.Way Down 'Yonder in New Orleans
- 23.When a Woman Loves a Man
- 24.Puttin' on the Ritz
Personnel includes: Jan Garber (leader, vocals, various instruments); Harry Goldfield (vocals, trumpet); Benny Davis, Webb Hahne, Mull Downey, Irving Kaufman, Maxwell Colvert (vocals); Bill Grady, Buddy Rice, John Ray (alto saxophone, clarinet); Bruce Thomas, Russ Hoffman, Jim McPartland (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Adrian Rollini (baritone saxophone, vibraphone); Ed Lewis, Keith Wilderson, Willis Kelly, Harold Peppie (trumpet); Johnny Cook, Charles Harris (trombone); Horace Rudiselli (piano); George Hoge, Harry Reser (banjo); Joe Rhodes (bass); George Beebe, Steve Brodie (drums).
Recorded in New York, New York between 1928 & 1930.
Jan Garber is most famous for leading a popular dance band in the 1930s and '40s, one that was originally inspired by Guy Lombardo and featured shaking saxophones and rather sickly sweet music that sounds laughably dated today. However, before he turned mostly toward schlock, Jan Garber had a surprisingly viable jazz/dance band in the 1920s. This CD from the collectors' TOM (The Old Masters) label mostly dates from 1926-29, and it is filled with cheerful and swinging ensembles, along with some harmless vocals and fine, concise solos from the no-name outfit. Among the highlights are such numbers as "Sister Kate," "Baby Face" (this particular band's one hit), "Tiger Rag" (taken from a movie soundtrack), "Steppin' Around" (with guest banjoist Harry Reser), "'Round Evening," "She's a Great, Great Girl" and "When a Woman Loves a Man." Actually, all 24 selections are worthwhile, making this the one Jan Garber CD that belongs in every serious jazz collection. ~ Scott Yanow
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