The Dorsey Brothers, Vol. 4

The Dorsey Brothers, Vol. 4

by The Dorsey BrothersThe Dorsey Brothers


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Jazz Oracle's no-stone-unturned approach bears fruit again in what the producers describe as the fourth and final installment in their series devoted to the early recordings of the Dorsey Brothers. There are cameo appearances by several great trumpeters, including Bunny Berigan, Muggsy Spanier, and Frank Guarente. Tracks two through six were recorded in London on July 15, 1930, and feature Jimmy Dorsey blowing clarinet and alto sax with string bassist Spike Hughes & His Three Blind Mice. Unlike almost everything else on this set, there are no vocals on the Hughes sides, which consist of W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues," Creamer & Layton's "After You've Gone," Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake's "I'm Just Wild About Harry," and two takes of that jazzed-up New Orleans quadrille, the "Tiger Rag." The only other instrumental track on this collection is a nicely done version of Hoagy Carmichael's "Judy," using an arrangement by trombonist Glenn Miller, who was working for the Dorseys in 1934. Perhaps it was this recording that prompted Frances Ethel Gumm to change her name to Judy Garland, for she later claimed to have been inspired by Hoagy's melody. During the early '30s, singers were viewed by artist and repertoire directors as practically indispensable in order for phonograph records to be sold in sufficient quantities. No pop singer cut more platters during the Great Depression than Chick Bullock, who commandeers no less than seven tracks on this collection. "Dixie Lee" and "Delta Bound" were released to the public as by Chick Bullock & His Levee Loungers. Other chortlers heard in this entertaining grab bag of vintage delights are Scrappy Lambert ("Congratulations"), George Beuchler ("Sweet and Simple"), and trombonist Don Matteson ("She Reminds Me of You"). As for femininity, Kay Weber was entrusted with important numbers like "Nasty Man" and "My Dog Loves Your Dog." The individual heard leading a vocal chorus during "Annie's Cousin Fannie (Is a Sweetie of Mine)" is the aforementioned Glenn Miller, who also wrote the tune. The final track deviates from the chronology by dating from September 1932. Backed by the Dorseys in an eight-piece group led by Victor Young, Connee Boswell shares a test pressing of "Bugle Call Rag" with violinist Joe Venuti, who also pipes up during "Dawn Patrol." This in itself is intriguing, as opportunities to hear Venuti using his voice are somewhat uncommon. Jazz Oracle's fascinating time capsule is crammed with delectable dollops of Depression Era jazz and pop. Guaranteed to go over well at house parties where everyone is sipping martinis while dressed up like Al Bowlly and Gertrude Lawrence.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/20/2006
Label: Jazz Oracle
UPC: 0620588805127
catalogNumber: 8051
Rank: 143196

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dorsey Brothers   Primary Artist
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Muggsy Spanier   Trumpet
Charlie Spivak   Trumpet
Joe Venuti   Violin,Vocals,Spoken Word
Ray Bauduc   Drums
Connee Boswell   Vocals
Spike Hughes   Baritone Saxophone
Carl Kress   Guitar
Ray McKinley   Drums
Artie Bernstein   Baritone Saxophone
Larry Binyon   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Tommy Dorsey   Trombone,Vocals
Larry Gomar   Drums,Vibes
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Roc Hillman   Guitar
Stan King   Drums
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Chauncey Morehouse   Drums,Vibes
Hubert Spencer   Tenor Saxophone
Jack Stacey   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Van Eps   Piano
Martha Boswell   Piano
Chick Bullock   Vocals
Frank Guarente   Trumpet
Dick McDonough   Guitar
Joe Tarto   Double Bass
Bill Harty   Drums
Harry Hoffman   Violin
Delmar Kaplan   Baritone Saxophone
Fulton McGrath   Piano
Joe Yukl   Trombone
Lloyd Turner   Trombone
Lyle Bowen   Alto Saxophone
Chester Hazlett   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Charlie Margulis   Trumpet
Alfie Evans   Alto Saxophone
Alan Ferguson   Guitar
Irving Brodsky   Piano
George Beuchler   Vocals
Claude Ivy   Piano
Kay Weber   Vocals
Don Matteson   Trombone,Vocals
Jim Crossan   Tenor Saxophone
Vernon "Mutt" Hayes   Tenor Saxophone
Major Glenn Miller's American Band of the AEF   Trombone,Vocals
Harold "Scrappy" Lambert   Vocals
Chuck Campbell   Trombone

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Eubie Blake   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Noble Sissle   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Alexander Hill   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Jack King   Art Direction
John R.T. Davies   Producer,Engineer
Billy Moore   Arranger
Colin Bray   Producer
Frank Powers   Engineer
John Wilby   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Richard Rudy   Graphic Design
Major Glenn Miller's American Band of the AEF   Arranger

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