Whistling in the Dark

Whistling in the Dark

by Alex Mendham & His Orchestra


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Based on its cover art, Whistling in the Dark seems like an old archival release, digging up the forgotten recordings of a '20s or '30s crooner or bandleader. This is entirely intentional, of course. Alex Mendham trades upon the sound and style of the '20s and '30s, digging deep into the era, excavating arrangements from the time and then leading his orchestra with gusto. As a teenager, Mendham was knocked out by Bix Beiderbecke and now that he's a young man in his twenties, he retains some of that adolescent enthusiasm, which is what makes Whistling in the Dark something surprising: it's precise in re-creating its era, but performed with vigor. This isn't a musty museum piece; it's living, breathing music and, as this 20-track CD rolls on, the Alex Mendham Orchestra can makes it seem like the '20s and '30s have never gone away, which is no small trick.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/19/2013
Label: Rivermont
UPC: 0620953467424
catalogNumber: 2224

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alex Mendham & His Orchestra   Primary Artist
Nick Charles   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Matt Redman   Banjo,Guitar
Trevor Wensley   Piano
Simon Marsh   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Orpheus Papafilippou   Violin
Nicholas D. Ball   Percussion
Mark Phillimore   Announcer
Marc Easener   Tuba,String Bass
Geoff Bartholomew   Trumpet
Angus Moncrieff   Trumpet
Alex Mendham   Leader,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Chris Lowe   Trombone

Technical Credits

Frankie Trumbauer   Composer
Don Redman   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Jack Pettis   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Con Conrad   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Cliff Friend   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Jack Palmer   Composer
Sid Phillips   Arranger
Cole Porter   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Matty Malneck   Arranger,Composer
Peter Van Steeden   Composer
Jack Mason   Arranger
Jimmy Dale   Arranger
Dana Suesse   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Bernice Petkere   Composer
Harry Revel   Composer
James V. Monaco   Composer
Dave Ringle   Composer
Frank Skinner   Arranger
Alfred Bryan   Composer
Harry Clarkson   Composer
Pete Wendling   Composer
Eugene West   Composer
Charles Newman   Composer
Francis Henry   Composer
Paul Weirick   Arranger
Ray Frensham   Liner Notes
Bryan Wright   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Layout
Walter Paul   Arranger
Allen Boretz   Composer
Madeline Hyde   Composer
John W. Green   Composer
James McCaffrey   Composer
Simon Marsh   Engineer
Geoffrey Clarkson   Composer
Ryan McDonnell   Cover Art
Dave Silverstein   Composer
Alex Mendham   Producer,Liner Notes
Billy Meyers   Composer

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