Transcriptions 1935

Transcriptions 1935

by Jimmy Dorsey



The Dorsey Brothers just had the famous pull-no-punches fight over the direction their jointly led band should take, and the union was over until they reunited many years later. Jimmy Dorsey immediately hightailed it up to the Electrical Research Products studio in NYC and cut 31 sides...under the name James Dalton! Many of the tracks have been reissued piecemeal over the years on such labels as Rumbleseat, Muzak, Queen Disk, and such. Now the Danish label Nostalgia Arts, part of Storyville Records, has issued 20 of the best of these sides. Most of the material consists of typical early-'30s dance band arrangements (even those tunes destined to become standards) -- staple fare at most ballrooms and on the radio then. Typical from the period is "It Never Dawned on Me" with a heartfelt Kay Weber trying her best to turn a turnip into a tulip, but without success. But there are peeks at the future when Jimmy Dorsey's band would become one of the top-drawer musical outfits. Key Weber's voice gets a much more felicitous setting on "Cheek to Cheek." There's a fine arrangement of "I Wished on the Moon" with Bob Eberle doing the vocal honors. His voice sounds so much more formal and stilted here than it would just a few years later when he teamed with that blonde bubbly bombshell of a singer who lifted the Dorsey aggregation to heights it had never seen before. (That, of course, was Helen O'Connell.) There are some good clarinet solos by Dorsey and listeners hear snippets of the fluid, polished alto playing that earned him the respect and admiration of many top jazz artists of the day and since. But, this album captures the initial efforts of the band, and will attract those interested in the history and development of big band music in general and Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra in particular.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/06/2001
Label: Nostalgia Arts
UPC: 0717101300426
catalogNumber: 3004

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Dorsey   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Bobby Byrne   Trombone
Ray McKinley   Drums
Toots Camarata   Trumpet
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Tenor Saxophone
Roc Hillman   Guitar
Roscoe Hillman   Guitar,Vocals
Fud Livingston   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jack Stacey   Alto Saxophone
Jim Taft   Bass,Baritone Saxophone
George Thow   Trumpet
Bobby Van Eps   Piano
Joe Yukl   Trombone
Kay Weber   Vocals
Dorsey Trio   Vocals
Don Matteson   Trombone,Vocals
Joseph A. "Fud" Livingston   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
Larry Clinton   Arranger
Dorothy Parker   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Benjamin Franklin Spikes   Composer
John Spikes   Composer

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