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Rare Hot Dance

Rare Hot Dance: The Music Sensation of the 1920s & 30s (1924-1931) VMP 0041 [Vintage Music Productions CD] The music that brought an unforgettable era to its feet. Features the bands of Doc Daugherty, Billy Hays, Ellis Stratakos and Tal Henry. With Paul Specht, Hal Kemp, Sam Lanin, Ben Selvin, Ray Miller and more. Digitally restored to compact disc by Bill Hebden. Liner notes by Jeff Hopkins. Out of Print

1. Where Is That Old Girl Of Mine (Ray Miller) [Jun 6, 1924]
2. Oh! How I Love My Darling (The Ambassadors) [Nov 1924]
3. If All The Stars Were Pretty Babies (Paul Specht) [Jan 27, 1927]
4. Varsity Drag (Cass Hagan) [Sep 2, 1927]
5. Say Yes Today (Roger Wolfe Kahn) [Feb 8, 1928]
6. Be My Baby (Blue Steele) [Feb 8, 1928]
7. Everybody And You (Princeton Triangle Jazz Band) [Mar 31, 1928]
8. Louise, I Love You (Tal Henry) [May 22, 1928]
9. Oh! Baby (Hal Kemp) [Jun 1, 1928]
10. Pretty Face (Billy Hays) [Jan 28, 1929]
11. I've Got To Have A Mama Now (Billy Hays) [Jan 28, 1929]
12. You'll Do It Someday (Rudy Vallee) [Jan 31, 1929]
13. A Precious Thing Called Love (Ellis Stratakos) [Feb 1929]
14. Weary River (Ellis Stratakos) [Feb 1929]
15. Wedding Bells (Hal Kemp) [Feb 21, 1929]
16. Do Something (Hal Kemp) [Jul 1, 1929]
17. Alcoholic Blues (Doc Daugherty) [Jul 1, 1929]
18. Ninety In The Shade (Doc Daugherty) [Jul 1, 1929]
19. Go Get 'Em Caroline (The New Yorkers) [1929]
20. You're Simply Delish (The High Steppers) [Sep 2, 1930]
21. My Baby Just Cares For Me (Milt Shaw) [Oct 8, 1930]
22. You're Driving Me Crazy (Jack Albin) [Oct 21, 1930]
23. You Said It (Ben Selvin) [Feb 27, 1931]
24. Red Headed Baby (Gene Kardos) [Aug 27, 1931]

Though rarely heard, today, these recordings express the quintessential sound of the 1920s and early 30s. They are the bands, and the songs they played, that one would expect to hear when gathering around the radio or going to a hotel ballroom. Many of the artists, heard on this CD, are now legendary. The great Miff Mole, for instance, can be heard on three of the songs, including one that is being issued on CD for the first time. On this title (track 5), both Mole and Joe Venuti deliver memorable solos with the band of Roger Wolfe Kahn.

The unique and nostalgic quality of recordings from this era is attributable, in part, to the instruments used and the way they were played. Backed by a rhythm section that typically included a tuba (instead of a string bass, which was seldom used before the late 1920s) and the steady strumming of a banjo or acoustic guitar, songs of this period can often be identified by a muted cornet or the unmistakable tone of a c-melody sax. Though rare beyond the 1920s, the c-melody saxophone was a staple of both early jazz and hot dance bands. Two of the artists most associated with this instrument were Frankie Trumbauer and Jack Pettis, both of whom can be heard on this CD (tracks 1 and 2).

Another sound identified with this era was the unique vocal harmonics that emerged during the period. Listen, for instance, to Helen Rowland and Paul Small on "You Said It" (track 23). While doing so, tune your ears to the song's clarinet solo. It would still be a number of years before he would emerge as the premiere bandleader of his day, but at 21, this clarinet virtuoso, named Benny Goodman, was already in his fifth year of recording.


With Ray Miller and His Orchestra * Charles Rocco (trumpet) * Roy Johnston (trumpet) * Miff Mole (trombone) * Andy Sindelar (trombone) * Bernard Daly (clarinet, saxophone) * Andy Sannella (clarinet, saxophone) * Frank Trumbauer (saxophone) * Don Yates (violin) * Harry Perrella (piano) * Tom Satterfield (piano) * Frank di Prima (banjo) * Louis Cassagne (brass bass, string bass) * Ward Archer (drums) * Billy Jones (vocals) * The Ambassadors * Phil Napoleon (trumpet) * Jack Pettis (saxophone) * Gus Sharp (clarinet) * Frank Signorelli (piano) * John Cali (banjo) * Joe Tarto (brass bass) * Irving Kaufman (vocals) * Paul Specht and His Orchestra * Paul Specht (violin, director) * Sylvester Ahola (trumpet) * Charlie Spivak (trumpet) * Al Philburn (trombone) * Ernie Warren (clarinet, saxophone) * Foster Morehouse (clarinet, saxophone) * Jack Cressy (clarinet, saxophone) * Phil Wall (piano) * Lou Calabrese (banjo) * Billy Wolfe (brass bass) * Johnny Morris (drums, vocals) * Cass Hagan and His Park Central Hotel Orchestra * Cass Hagan (violin, director) * Red Nichols (trumpet) * Bob Ashford (trumpet) * Bo Ashford (trumpet) * Jack Towne (clarinet, saxophone) * Roy Thrall (saxophone) * Frank Crum (saxophone) * Fred Frank (piano) * Jim Mahoney (banjo) * Al Weber (brass bass) * Chick Condon (drums) * Franklyn Baur (vocals) * Lewis James (vocals) * Elliott Shaw (vocals) * Roger Wolfe Kahn and His Orchestra * Tommy Gott (trumpet) * Manny Klein (trumpet) * Alfie Evans (clarinet, saxophone) * Arnold Brilhart (clarinet, saxophone, flute) * Joe Venuti (violin) * Joe Raymond (violin) * Arthur Schutt (piano) * Tony Colucci (banjo) * Eddie Lang (guitar) * Arthur Campbell (brass bass) * Stan King (drums) * Blue Steele and His Orchestra * Blue Steele (trombone, director) * Sam Goble (trumpet) * Goof Morrison (trumpet) * Ole Hoel (euphonium) * Kenny Sargent (clarinet, saxophone, vocals) * John Langley (clarinet, saxophone) * Pete Schmidt (clarinet, saxophone) * Sol Lewis (piano) * Ted Delmarter (banjo, guitar) * Marvin Longfellow (brass bass) * Henry Cody (drums) * Princeton Triangle Jazz Band * Bill Priestly (cornet, guitar) * Brainerd Kremer (clarinet, saxophone) * Philip Nash (saxophone) * Jack Howe (saxophone) * Squirrel Ashcraft (accordion) * Deford Swann (piano) * Doug McNamara (banjo) * Palmer Lathrop (string bass) * Bob Bole (drums) * Tal Henry and His North Carolinians * Tal Henry (violin, director) * Gordon Martin (cornet) * Doc Dibert (cornet) * Chet Lincoln (trombone) * Walter Fellman (clarinet, saxophone) * Walter Brown (clarinet, saxophone) * Francis Ellsworth (clarinet, saxophone) * Paul Kenestrick (piano) * Ivan Morris (banjo) * Chester Shaw (brass bass) * Charlie Hudson (drums) * Hal Kemp and His Orchestra * Hal Kemp and His Carolina Collegians * Hal Kemp and His Carolina Club Orchestra * Hal Kemp (clarinet, saxophone, director) * Bob Mayhew (trumpet) * Earl Geiger (trumpet) * Gus Mayhew (trombone) * Jack Mayhew (clarinet, saxophone) * Ben Williams (clarinet, saxophone) * Saxie Dowell (clarinet, saxophone) * Joe Gillespie (clarinet, saxophone) * Bromo Sulser (violin) * John Scott Trotter (piano) * Olly Humphries (banjo) * Jim Mullen (brass bass) * Paul Weston (brass bass) * Skinnay Ennis (vocals) * Billy Hays and His Orchestra * Billy Hays' Cathay Orchestra * Rudy Vallee and His Yale Collegians * Rudy Vallee (clarinet, saxophone, vocals, director) * Don Moore (trumpet) * Hal Matthews (trombone) * Joe Miller (saxophone) * Manny Lowy (violin) * Jules de Vorzon (violin) * Cliff Burwell (piano) * Charles Peterson (banjo) * Harry Patent (brass bass) * Ray Toland (drums) * Ellis Stratakos and His Hotel Jung Orchestra * Ellis Stratakos (trombone, director) * John Hyman (cornet) * Howard Reed (cornet) * John Reininger (saxophone) * Joe Loyacano (saxophone) * Eddie Powers (saxophone) * Joe Wolf (piano) * Fred Loyacano (guitar, vocals) * Dave Fridge (string bass) * Von Gammon (drums) * Doc Daugherty and His Orchestra * Doc Daugherty (clarinet, saxophone, director) * Howard Emery (cornet) * Arthur Haagland (trombone) * Wayne Breckman (saxophone) * Carl Jeremias (trumpet, saxophone) * Tom Strohauser (piano) * Billy Van (banjo) * Gus Hadale (brass bass) * Billy Hamilton (drums) * New Yorkers * High Steppers * Milt Shaw and His Detroiters * Milt Shaw (violin, director) * Ruby Weinstein (trumpet) * Johnny McGee (trumpet) * George Troup (trombone) * Lyle Brown (clarinet, saxophone) * Aaron Volshin (clarinet, saxophone) * Hymie Wolfson (clarinet, saxophone) * Dippy d'Ippolito (piano) * Bill Barford (banjo, guitar, brass bass) * Will Simerall (drums) * Paul Small (vocals) * Jack Albin and His Hotel Pennsylvania Orchestra * Bill Coty (vocals) * Ben Selvin and His Orchestra * Tommy Dorsey (trombone) * Benny Goodman (clarinet) * Irving Brodsky (piano) * Helen Rowland (vocals) * Gene Kardos and His Orchestra * Gene Kardos (saxophone, director) * Sammy Castin (trumpet) * Willie Mayer (trumpet) * Milt Shaw (trombone) * Joe Sagora (clarinet, saxophone) * Morris Cohen or Nat Brown (clarinet, saxophone) * Joel Shaw (piano) * Sol Sussman (banjo, guitar) * Danny Bono or Ben Goldberg (brass bass) * Saul Howard (drums) * Dick Robertson (vocals).

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