Swingin' Down the Lane [Living Era]

Swingin' Down the Lane [Living Era]

by Isham Jones



At its best the Isham Jones Orchestra was capable of playing real jazz. The strongest and hottest instrumental tracks woven into this Memphis Archives compilation emanate a substantiality approaching that of early Fletcher Henderson or very early Duke Ellington. "Farewell Blues" and "Memphis Blues," recorded in January 1923, swing a little on the strength of the melodies. Even "I'm Sitting on Top of the World" (not to be confused with the blues tune by Howlin' Wolf) cooks with inspired precision. "It's the Blues" and "Three Thirty Blues" are among the best recordings this band ever made. Most satisfying was the expressive cornet playing of Louis Panico, an element that was missing after September 1924. Panico's contribution to this band was roughly comparable to what Louis Metcalf, Arthur Whetsol, and Bubber Miley accomplished on some of Ellington's earliest recordings. Another aspect of Isham Jones is also documented here: it was essentially that of a pit orchestra accustomed to backing up pop vocalists and vaudeville entertainers. Bearing in mind the fact that this orchestra worked regularly with Al Jolson, the selections featuring singers -- particularly Billy Jones and Ernest Hare, usually billed as The Happiness Boys -- illustrate this important function most effectively. Even quite a number of the instrumental performances are noticeably reined in by shuffle rhythms that hardly manage to break free of the vaudevillian pop mode. This might explain why many jazz historians have concentrated on Isham Jones the composer of great melodies destined to become jazz standards rather than on Isham Jones the leader of an all-purpose popular dance band that periodically incorporated real jazz into its performing itinerary.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2005
Label: Asv Living Era
UPC: 0743625532029
catalogNumber: 5320

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Isham Jones   Primary Artist
Bing Crosby   Vocals
Woody Herman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Vocals
Jolson   Vocals
Jack Jenney   Trombone
Miff Mole   Trombone
Harry Reser   Banjo
Frankie Trumbauer   Cornet
Red Ballard   Trombone
Rube Bloom   Piano
Buddy DeSylva   Ukeke
Bud Graham   Trombone
Ray Michaels   Drums
Eddie Stone   Violin,Vocals
George Thow   Trumpet
George Walters   Trumpet
Clarence Willard   Trumpet
Milt Yaner   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Victor Young   Violin
Roy Bargy   Piano
Chelsea Quealey   Trumpet
Joe Frank   Drums
Bobby Lee Jones   Trumpet
Curt Massey   Vocals
Joe Bishop   Flugelhorn
Tommy Satterfield   Piano
Don Watt   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Gil Bowers   Piano
Alfie Evans   Clarinet,Violin,Alto Saxophone
Frank Bessinger   Vocals
Guy Carey   Trombone
Wendell Delory   Trombone
Victor Hauprich   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Russ Jenner   Trombone
Richard Kissinger   Tuba
Tom Stacks   Drums
George Wartner   Guitar
Dan Yates   Violin
Tommy Moore   Guitar
Larry Abbott   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Tony Zimmers   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Ward Archer   Drums
Andy Sannella   Slide Guitar
Billy Richards   Tenor Saxophone
Mauling   Clarinet,Oboe,Alto Saxophone
Pierre Olker   Bass
Artie Vanasec   Violin,Saxophone
Harold "Hal" Smith   Piano
Johnny Dillard   Trumpet
Charles McNeill   Banjo
Louis Panico   Conductor
John Kuhn   Tuba
Carroll Martin   Trombone
Leo Murphy   Violin
Roy Johnston   Trumpet
Walter Lageson   Drums
Sonny Lee   Trombone
Charles Rocco   Trumpet
Louis Cassagne   Bass,Tuba
Art Layfield   Drums
Andy Sindelar   Trombone
Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Woody Herman   Contributor
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Jolson   Composer
Harry Reser   Contributor
Chick Webb   Composer
Ben Bernie   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Marty Symes   Composer
Joseph Meyer   Composer
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Composer
Joe Bishop   Composer
Mark Ranshaw   Cover Photo
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Kenneth Casey   Composer
Victor Schertzinger   Composer
Harry Revel   Composer
Ernest Seitz   Composer
Charles Newman   Composer
Fred Meinken   Composer
Louis Panico   Contributor
George Posford   Composer
Gerry Stonestreet   Liner Notes

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