Stompin' Around

Stompin' Around

by Casa Loma Orchestra


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On four CDs, the Hep label has released the great majority of the most rewarding recordings by the Casa Loma Orchestra, skipping over the more commercial vocals of Kenny Sargent. Stompin' Around, with the exception of the last two numbers which are from 1939 and two selections ("In the Still of the Night" and the original version of "Smoke Rings") from 1932, dates from 1933-1934. Although the swing era is thought of as starting when Benny Goodman hit it big in 1935, the Casa Loma Orchestra was one of the most important pacesetting swing orchestras of 1931-1934. The arrangements of Gene Gifford (the majority of these 25 selections are Gifford's charts) were largely responsible for the Casa Loma Orchestra having its own musical personality. The ensembles tended to be stirring if a little mechanical and the soloists (mostly trumpeter Grady Watts, trombonist Pee Wee Hunt, clarinetist Clarence Hutchenrider, and tenor saxophonist Pat Davis) are excellent. Stompin' Around gives listeners a strong sampling of swing music from the pre-swing era. Among the many highlights are early versions of "Smoke Rings" (the band's theme) and "Casa Loma Stomp," an Ethel Waters vocal on "Heat Wave," and heated versions of quite a few songs from the 1920s.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/1999
Label: Hep Records
UPC: 0603366106227
catalogNumber: 1062
Rank: 228510

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Casa Loma Orchestra   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Glen Gray   Alto Saxophone
Pee Wee Hunt   Trombone
Tony Briglia   Drums
Howard Hall   Piano
Kenny Sargent   Alto Saxophone
Pat Davis   Soprano Saxophone
Stanley Dennis   Bass Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Gene Gifford   Banjo,Guitar
Clarence Hutchenrider   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Mel Jenssen   Violin
Art Ralston   Tenor Saxophone
Billy Rauch   Trombone
Sonny Dunham   Trumpet
Grady Watts   Trumpet
Jack Blanchette   Guitar
Fritz Hummel   Trombone
Frank Ryerson   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Frankie Carle   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Will Hudson   Composer
Vincent Rose   Composer
Gene Gifford   Arranger
Joe Bishop   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
William Jerome   Composer
Harry Owens   Composer
Lloyd Garrett   Composer
Jean Schwartz   Composer
Johnny Black   Composer
Hart A. Wand   Composer

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