Don Murray immediately after the New Yorkers.

Don Murray immediately after the New Yorkers.

Joined: 01 Jan 1970, 00:00

19 Apr 2017, 23:13 #1

When Rollini's New Yorkers folded, the musicians scrambled to find jobs. Bix and Tram went with Whiteman (and a bit later Bill Rank ans Sateve Brown). Don Murray joined Ted Lewis in Jan 1928. In the last months of 1927, Murray recorded (according to Lord) with Cass Hagan, Joe Venuti and Sam Lanin.

Here is one recording from Lanin's session of Dec 22, 1927.
Sam Lanin's Famous Players : Leo McConville (tp) Don Murray (cl) added, probably replacing one of the reeds, Scrappy Lambert (vcl) replaces Irving Kaufman
New York, December 22, 1927
81956-A My Ohio home (sl vcl) OKeh 40972, Par A2443
81957-B I've been looking for a girl like you
(for a long, long time) (sl vcl) 41003, Broadway 105
81958-A What a wonderful wedding that will be (sl vcl) - - , WRC (E)SH424
Note: Okeh 40972 and Parlophone A2443 as "Justin Ring's Okeh Orchestra", Okeh 41003 as "The New York Syncopators".

"What a wonderful wedding that will be." Courtesy of Nick Dellow. Thanks, Nick.

And here is another Sam Lanin side, also courtesy of Nick.
Red Nichols (cnt) prob Hymie Farberman (tp) Sam Lewis (tb) Andy Sannella (cl,as,steel-g) prob Larry Abbott (cl,as) prob Norman Yorke (ts) prob Murray Kellner (vln) prob Bill Wirges (p) Harry Reser
(bj) prob Joe Tarto (tu) Sam Lanin (d,dir) Seger Ellis (vcl)
New York, October 27, 1927
What'll I Do?


Andrew J. Sammut
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Andrew J. Sammut

20 Apr 2017, 01:35 #2

I have been known to enjoy the hell out of every note we are fortunate enough to have had Don Murray commit to posterity. Thanks for this music, Albert.

Another possible Murray item is "Somebody Lied About Me" by Sam Lanin's band on October 3, 1927. Tom Lord's online discography indicates the personnel on “Somebody Lied About Me” as including Andy Sannella on clarinet and alto, with “probably” Larry Abbott on clarinet and alto along with “probably” Norman Yorke on tenor. On the other hand, Johnson and Shirley’s American Dance Bands On Record And Film lists “similar” personnel on this session as well as a session immediately prior that included Murray on clarinet. The tune itself includes two ensemble spots for clarinet as well as a low register obbligato.

Here is the music. This file is straight from LP to MP3 on a non-specialist turntable, so please forgive the sound: ... boutme.m4a

Please keep the Don Murray big band sides coming. Thank you.

Mark Gabrish Conlan
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Mark Gabrish Conlan

22 Apr 2017, 16:29 #3

Not much interest in the way of reed solos, but I really liked the trumpet and vocal. Rust doesn't list this record in his jazz discography but includes another Sam Lanin side from October 3, 1927 and gives Red Nichols and Hymie Farberman as the trumpets (though he puts a question mark beside Nichols' name and it sounded more like Mike Mosiello than Nichols to me -- or maybe I was just thinking Mosiello because of Andy Sannella's presence) and Leroy Montesanto as the singer. I especially like the vocal because it's understated and conversational, and doesn't have the strangled quality of a lot of the singers on dance bands of this era. And Andrew has no reason to apologize for the quality of his transfer; it's warm, listenable and doesn't have the horrible gargling noise of a lot of online uploads of 1920's records that have been overly noise-reduced.