The Carnegie Hall V-Disc Session (April 1944)

The Carnegie Hall V-Disc Session (April 1944)

by Tommy Dorsey

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Overview

This is an exceedingly valuable performance by the Dorsey band, from a live broadcast in front of an invited audience of servicemen and women in uniform, originally sponsored by Coca-Cola. Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra were near their peak, and half of the 11 numbers from the show swing with a smooth elegance and bracing joy that's hard to beat. The sweet numbers, featuring Bob Allen or the Sentimentalists, are a lot less interesting and compelling to most modern ears, though they do represent just as much about what this band was about, and a major reason for their popularity in their own time, as the hotter side of its output. The band was a good one, Pete Candoli in the trumpet section, Buddy DeFranco on alto sax and clarinet, Al Klink on tenor sax, and Gene Krupa on the skins, while Georgia Gibbs and Bob Allen handled the vocals. Krupa shows admirable restraint throughout the performance, seldom showing off and never overwhelming the band or the song. Gibbs shines among the singers, turning in a smooth yet bluesy rendition of "Tess's Torch Song" from the then-current movie Up in Arms. Sy Oliver was the featured arranger on much of the best material here, most notably "Paramount on Parade," which included solos of two choruses each by DeFranco on clarinet and Al Klink's tenor sax. DeFranco also turns in a superb solo on the "TD Chant" in an arrangement by Deane Kincaide. The other 14 songs come from live V-Disc sessions from various locales, in October 1943 and June, July, August, and September of 1944, featuring Bing Crosby, Bob Allen, and Frances Langford on vocals. The 1944 tracks also include Buddy Rich on the drums. The fidelity is very good, without any traces of noise or distortion, and the source has been nicely cleaned up. The track listing goes a little haywire about halfway through, one number off, but that's a small complaint in an otherwise well put together package.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/07/1995
Label: Hep Records
UPC: 0603366004028
catalogNumber: 40
Rank: 120718

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tommy Dorsey   Primary Artist,Trombone
Bing Crosby   Vocals
Buddy DeFranco   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Gene Krupa   Drums
Buddy Rich   Drums
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Hank D'Amico   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Klink   Tenor Saxophone
Dennis Sandole   Guitar
Bob Bain   Guitar
Georgia Gibbs   Vocals
Leonard Atkins   Violin,Viola
Walter Benson   Trombone
Bruce Branson   Baritone Saxophone
Sid Cooper   Alto Saxophone
Joseph Goodman   Violin
Royal Johnson   Violin
Robert Konrad   Violin
Don Lodice   Tenor Saxophone
Mickey Mangano   Trumpet
Dodo Marmarosa   Piano
Nelson Riddle   Trombone
Moe Purtill   Drums
Milt Raskin   Piano
Alex Beller   Violin
Sid Block   Bass
Paul Kahn   Violin
Fred Camelia   Cello
Frances Langford   Vocals
Paul Lowenkron   Violin
Seymour Miroff   Violin
Manny Gershman   Baritone Saxophone
Dale Pearce   Trumpet
Dave Uchitel   Viola
Manny Fidler   Violin
Tommy Pederson   Trombone
Bob Price   Trumpet
Sheppard Lehnhoff   Viola
Mickey Sabol   Tenor Saxophone
Tex Satterwhite   Trombone
George Seaburg   Trumpet
Joe Park   Bass
Leonard Kaye   Alto Saxophone
Sentimentalists   Vocals
Ruth Rubinstein   Violin
Bob Allen   Vocals
Gail Curtis   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Victor Herbert   Composer
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov   Composer
Deane Kincaide   Arranger
Sy Oliver   Arranger
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Bill Finegan   Arranger
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
John Haxby   Artwork
Alastair Robertson   Producer,Liner Notes
Bonnie Lou Williams   Contributor
Traditional   Composer

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