Interesting Edison record of "Button Up Your Overcoat"

Interesting Edison record of "Button Up Your Overcoat"

Joined: March 24th, 2018, 11:32 pm

March 28th, 2018, 2:25 am #1

I just watched this on YouTube: a video of a 1921 Kurtzmann glass phonograph playing an Edison record of "Button Up Your Overcoat."



Though the person who posted this was obviously more interested in the phonograph than the record, I thought the record was a quite impressive jazz-dance performance. I particularly liked the trombone solo towards the end, which I think is by Tommy Dorsey. Does anyone out there know this record and have any information about who's on it?
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Joined: March 15th, 2018, 2:29 pm

March 28th, 2018, 3:31 am #2

It's the California Ramblers. Edison 52513.

Frank Cush, Phil Napoleon, t / Miff Mole, tb / Carl Orech, Harold Marcus, cl, as / Sam Ruby, ts / Al Duffy, vn / Chauncey Gray, p / Tommy Felline, g / Ward Lay, bb / Jack Parker, v. New York, January 18, 1929.

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

March 28th, 2018, 3:52 am #3

California Ramblers on January 18, 1929.
Frank Cush, Phil Napoleon (tp) Miff Mole (tb) Carl Orech, Harold Marcus (cl,as) Sam Ruby (ts) Al Duffy (vln) Chauncey Gray (p) Tommy Felline (g) Ward Lay (tu) Ed Kirkeby (dir) Jack Parker (vcl) on label as "Happy Jack"



The California Ramblers are always interesting.


Tommy Dorsey was at least inspired by Miff.

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

March 28th, 2018, 4:02 am #4

Speaking of Tommy ....

The Trumpet of Tommy Dorsey

http://petekellysblotg.blogspot.com/201 ... orsey.html

Albert
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Joined: March 15th, 2018, 4:56 pm

March 28th, 2018, 6:08 pm #5

Mole's playing was so influential that he became nearly 'generic' until Higginbotham, Harrison, Teagarden etc. began attracting acolytes.

Dorsey's trumpet playing is quite an eye (or ear) opener. When a player has a second voice it can be a revelation. Think of Lester Young's clarinet, for example.

The Blog link seems to be dead though. (no, just has a 't' inserted in the address)
Here it is, copied and pasted:
http://petekellysblog.blogspot.com/2010 ... orsey.html
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Joined: March 18th, 2018, 7:37 am

April 2nd, 2018, 4:49 pm #6

Speaking of "Button Up Your Overcoat," this version by Mel Powell and Ruby Braff is one of my favorites:  http://picosong.com/wecQr/

Braff was more an Armstrong than a Beiderbecke disciple IMO but in any event he was a great musician, one who showed that a young trumpet or cornet player of the 1950's could play creatively in a "pre-bop" idiom.    And Mel Powell's departure from jazz for modern classical composition and teaching after the mid-1950's was a sad loss for jazz, though no doubt Powell was justified in turning to the kind of music that had come to interest him most.  (Fortunately, Powell did not abandon jazz permanently:  he appeared on the Merv Griffin show for a reunion with Benny Goodman in 1976  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VanNEe5kGGQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0geGo1dm0-g and played and recorded with Benny Carter and other jazz greats on the SS Norway over a decade later, e.g., https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gqZxorHa6w)
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