Amapola [ASV/Living Era]

Amapola [ASV/Living Era]

by Jimmy DorseyJimmy Dorsey

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Overview

It's truly disgraceful that MCA, which owns Jimmy Dorsey's classic sides, has so poorly served his pop recordings that an unauthorized British outfit like ASV can come up with a definitive Dorsey pop music collection. The songs here include a dozen chart-toppers and a dozen more recordings that made it to the top five, variously featuring Bing Crosby, Bob Eberly, Helen O'Connell, Kitty Kallen, and the Andrews Sisters. The songs are of minimal interest to jazz fans, but to those who enjoy big band music, it is well nigh impossible to ignore the virtuosity in this band. Even on a pop chestnut like the Crosby-sung "I'm an Old Cowhand," Dorsey's all-too-brief clarinet solo will make fans of his jazz work take notice. The problem is that there aren't nearly as many virtuoso numbers as there are pop songs and novelty-type tunes (the Andrews Sisters' "Hold Tight" is included, as it was recorded with Dorsey) -- even there, however, on a number like "Deep Purple," Dorsey himself takes an exquisite solo. Helen O'Connell even retains her dignity as a singer on "Six Lessons From Madame La Zonga," so a few of the novelty tunes do hold up, but Bob Eberly can be a chore to listen to ("Tangerine" being a notable exception), and it's easy to see how and why Tommy Dorsey ran ahead of his older brother as a pop outfit with the services of Frank Sinatra at his disposal. The hits run from "I'm an Old Cowhand," cut on July 11, 1936, through "When They Ask About You" (featuring Kitty Kallen), recorded on October 27, 1943. The remastering, apparently off of original 78s and supervised by Peter Dempsey and David Lennick, is very good (though the sound on the musically superior Contrasts CD is somewhat better), with minimal noise or distortion and a healthy volume throughout.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/28/2000
Label: Asv Living Era
UPC: 0743625528725
catalogNumber: 5287

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Dorsey   Primary Artist
Andrews Sisters   Vocals
Bing Crosby   Vocals
Ray Anthony   Trumpet
Bobby Byrne   Trombone
Jimmy Campbell   Trumpet
Phil Napoleon   Trumpet
Johnny Guarnieri   Piano
Ray Linn   Trumpet
Ray McKinley   Drums
Babe Russin   Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Slack   Piano
Tutti Camarata   Trumpet
Helen O'Connell   Vocals
Kitty Kallen   Vocals
Bob Alexy   Trumpet
W.C. Clark   Trumpet
Bill Covey   Alto Saxophone
Nick Dimaio   Trombone
Charlie Frazier   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Gentry   Baritone Saxophone
Don Hammond   Tenor Saxophone
Herbie Haymer   Tenor Saxophone
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Tenor Saxophone
Roc Hillman   Guitar
Frank Langone   Alto Saxophone
Bob Lawson   Baritone Saxophone
Fud Livingston   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz   Trumpet
Paul McCoy   Trumpet
Ralph Muzillo   Trumpet
Johnny Napton   Trumpet
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Jerry Rosa   Trombone
Andy Russo   Trombone
Jack Ryan   Bass
Buddy Schutz   Drums
Shorty Sherock   Trumpet
Guy Smith   Guitar
Shorty Solomson   Trumpet
Bruce Squires   Trombone
Jack Stacey   Alto Saxophone
Slim Taft   Bass
George Thow   Trumpet
Bobby Van Eps   Piano
Phil Washburn   Trombone
Leonard Whitney   Tenor Saxophone
Milt Yaner   Alto Saxophone
Joe Yukl   Trombone
Bob Eberly   Vocals
Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Joe Lipman   Piano
Dave Mann   Piano
Bill Miller   Bass
Jordan   Trombone
Dave Mathews   Alto Saxophone
Nate Kazabier   Trumpet
Don Matteson   Trombone
Sonny Lee   Trombone

Technical Credits

Gonzalo Roig   Composer
Leonard Ware   Composer
Sunny Skylar   Composer
Consuelo Velázquez   Composer
Augustin Rodriguez   Composer
Jack Sherr   Composer
Willie Spottswood   Composer
Jerry Brandow   Composer
Jim Eaton   Composer
Edward Ross   Composer
Lenny Kent   Composer
Edward Robinson   Composer

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