Vol. 5, 1931

Vol. 5, 1931

by Ben Pollack


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Although it had shifted from being a jazz group to being a dance band with the rise of the Depression, Ben Pollack & His Orchestra was still an impressive group in early 1931. Trombonist Jack Teagarden was its star soloist and the band contained the nucleus of what would become the Bob Crosby Orchestra a few years later, including tenor saxophonist Eddie Miller, altoist Gil Rodin, guitarist Nappy Lamare, and drummer Ray Bauduc. In addition, Benny Goodman and Jimmy Dorsey made guest appearances with the ensemble on some of the recording dates. So listeners with an open mind toward the many vocals and arranged ensembles will find moments to enjoy during these performances, including a variety of brief solos. The best selections are "Loveless Love," "Sweet and Hot," and "Beale Street Blues." This entry in Jazz Oracle's very complete Ben Pollack series has music released originally as by Pollack, Gil Rodin, Jack Teagarden, and the New Orleans Ramblers, all using virtually the same personnel. In addition, the 16 selections are augmented by eight alternate takes.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/2002
Label: Jazz Oracle
UPC: 0620588803222
catalogNumber: 8032
Rank: 222719

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben Pollack   Primary Artist,Vocals
Benny Goodman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Charlie Spivak   Trumpet
Jack Teagarden   Trombone,Soprano Saxophone,Vocals
Ray Bauduc   Drums
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Harry Goodman   Bass,Tuba,Bass Saxophone,Double Bass
Nappy Lamare   Banjo,Guitar,Soprano Saxophone,Vocals
Eddie Miller   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Gil Rodin   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Alex Beller   Violin
Sterling Bose   Trumpet
Gil Bowers   Piano
Sammy Prager   Piano
Eddie Gale   Vocals

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Keith Miller   Engineering
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Jack King   Graphic Design
Ken Crawford   Engineering
John R.T. Davies   Producer,Engineer,Engineering
Joe Showler   Liner Notes,Engineering
Charles Tobias   Composer
Louis Alter   Composer
Harry Ruskin   Composer
Louis Atler   Composer
Phil Baxter   Composer
Colin Bray   Producer
John Wilby   Producer,Liner Notes,Engineering
Ross Wilby   Engineering
Kurt Weisbecker   Engineering

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