Steppin' Along: A terrific Carl Fenton recording.

Steppin' Along: A terrific Carl Fenton recording.

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

February 7th, 2018, 1:53 am #1

Posted in a facebook page.

https://app.box.com/s/b6fuusisja9fljqax928ti8n698ha955

The listing in Lord's disco:

Carl Fenton And His Orchestra : no details except Jerry White (vcl)
New York, c. September 27, 1929
GEX2369-A Steppin' along (jw vcl) Gen 7013, Harrison LP-B

The clarinet solo was thought to be by Jimmy Dorsey. I agree. Not only that, but
I think the solo is highly Bixian.

It was also suggested that Irving Peskin was the trumpet soloist. I cannot be Peskin. By Sep 27, 1929.Peskin had moved to Hollywood. I hear Manny Klein. No?

Albert

The record label.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... =3&theater

Some of William Kernell compositions:
http://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/t ... m_composer

Albert
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John Coffin
John Coffin

February 7th, 2018, 2:51 am #2

I couldn't tell Peskin from Adam. But it doesn't sound like as skilled a player as Klein, even if Mannie was 'playing down' for the job.
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

February 7th, 2018, 3:51 am #3

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John Coffin
John Coffin

February 10th, 2018, 3:31 am #4

Wherever he was in September of 29, back in February of 28 Peskin sounded like a fully accomplished trumpet player. Maybe not quite up to Klein's standard, but I think he's a better player than whoever it is on Steppin' Along.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cJkt405mzQ
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Mark Gabrish Conlan
Mark Gabrish Conlan

February 10th, 2018, 6:09 am #5

The above link is to a cover of Duke Ellington's "Birmingham Breakdown" by a studio group called the Dixie Dance Demons, with Irving Peskin on trumpet and George Hall on violin (a quite nice solo, too) as the only identified musicians. The two trumpet solos sound so different I suspect there were two trumpeters on the date and I have no idea which one was Peskin. Both sound Bix-influenced but the first one is considerably more imaginative than the second. The "Steppin' Along" record is even more confusing: the clarinetist doesn't sound good enough to be Jimmy Dorsey in 1929 (only his upward "flare" at the end sounds even remotely like J.D.), and ditto the trumpeter, who plays without any of the double-timing that was a trademark of Mannie Klein.
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