Phonograph Monthly Review, Vol. 3, No. 10 (1929-07)

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358 The Phonograph Monthly Review July, 1929 and Gotta Feelin’ for You, not particularly unusual except for the good bass fiddle and piano work (1850-D); and Lombardo’s Takes You and Sleepy Water (1825-D). Among the rest are: Leo Reisman in a dapper Kiddies Kabaret coupled with the Knickerbockers’ fair Eyeful of You (1849-D) ; Lombardo’s Royal Canadians in a fair Canoe-dle- oodle and a very soulful You Want Lovin’ (1848-D) ; Paul Whiteman in full-blown rich versions of Your Mother and Mine and Orange Blossom Time (1845-D) ; Andy Sannella and his All Star Trio in smooth performances of Evangeline and Dream Mother—featuring a star accordionist (1846-D); Reser’s Syncopators in a spirited version of Here Comes the Showboat and a horse-play opus, Where Did You Get That Name—not too funny (1835-D) ; Paul Specht in a very powerfully recorded coupling of Sing a Little Love Song and Hittin’ the Ceilin’, both good but altogether too loud (1836-D) ; Fred Rich in an almost equally powerful Nobody But You and Singin’ in the Rain (1838-D) ; Ben Selvin in fair versions of The One in the World and I’m Just a Vagabond Lover (1831-D) ; and the Cavaliers in My Dear and I’ll Always Be in Love With You (1832-D). Okeh boasts the individual winners of the month: Miff Mole’s brilliant That’s a Plenty (with some dazzling trom- boning by Miff himself) and a striking hot version of I’ve Got a Feeling Im Falling, featuring some good piano work (41233); and Louis Armstrong in the best of his invariably outstanding records to date, Basin Street Blues (built on a melting progression worthy—and ideed reminiscent—of Liszt) and a less original No; the piano and celesta playing and Louis own vo-de-oing call forth special praise. This appeals under the number of 8690 in the race list and 41241 in the general list. Not far behind is Frankie Trumbauer in characteristic performances of Louise and Ma Cherie, with good choristing by Smith Ballew (41231) ; the Carolina Club in piquant versions of That’s You Baby! and Walkin’ With Susie (41237) and again on 41240 in a soulful I’ll Al- ways be in Love With You coupled with Ballew’s smooth Lady Divine; the Jungle Town Stompers in a sluggish ver- sion of Slow as Molasses and a hot African Jungle that is not particularly striking (8686) ; Blind Willie Dunn and his Gin Bottle Four in casual hot versions of Blue Blood and Jet Black Blues (8689); Oliver Naylor in smooth pleasing performances of Evangeline and Just a Vagabond Lover (41247) ; the White Serenaders in a rather colorless coup- ling of Blue Hawaii and the Things That Are Made For Love (41242) ; Harry Pomar in very slow band waltzes— Wednesday Night and You Made My Dreams Come True (41236); and Fred “Sugar” Hall in characteristic horse- play on the Code in the Doze and Here’s That Party Now In Person (41239). Victor features several new orchestras: Herman Kenin’s Ambassadors in peppy pleasing versions of Building a Nest for Mary and Kids Again (21991) ; Gus Arnheim (maker of many good Okeh records) in a rather dull Sleepy Valley coupled with a much better smooth and highly danceable This Is Heaven (21986) ; and Ben’s Bad Boys, a Ben Pol- lack organization, in hot but not startling performances of Yellow Dog Blues and Wang-Wang Blues. Among the regular Victor dance bands are : Rudy Vallee in rather in- sipid versions of Every Moon’s a Honeymoon and Hugg- able Kissable You (21983) ; Shilkret and the Victor Orches- tra playing Hittin’ the Ceiling and Sing a Little Love Song on 21969, and Wake Up Chillun Wake Up and I’m Crazy Over You on 21976; Waring’s Pennsylvanians in a fair coup- ling of My Sin and When My Dreams Come True (21977) ; the Hilo Hawaiians in Blue Hawaii and Sparkling Waters of Waikiki waltzes waltzes (21985) ; and Billy Hays in a fair nonsense piece, the Bay Rum Song, coupled with a fair Sit- tin’ and Whittlin’ on V-40087. From the hill-billy lists comes a singular opus entitled When the Moon Drips Away into the Blood, played by the Taylor-Griggs Melody Makers, an interesting example of a revival song transformed—appar- ently in all sincerity—into a dance (V-40083). —Rufus Foreign Records International. As usual some of the leading international releases have been reviewed elsewhere under the appropri- ate headings: From the Odeon list, Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances Nos. 8 and 16 played by the Grand Odeon Orchestra, Southern Roses and Wine Women and Song Waltzes by Lorand’s Orchestra, Tango Printemps and Roses and Women Tango by Dajos Bela’s Orchestra. From the Victor list, Danube Maiden Waltz by the Berlin State Opera House Orchestra under Knappertsbusch, Glow Worm’s Trysting Place and Flattering Kitty by Ferdy Kaufmann’s Orchestra. The Columbia feature is a two-part medley of International Melodies played by the International Orchestra on 59054-F, and followed by two waltzes, Mexicali Rose and Amalia, by the Columbia Mexican Orchestra (12107-F). From Odeon comes another release in the excellent series of Marches by the Grand Odeon Orchestra: Infantry and Grenadier Marches on 3530. Victor issues a tango coupling by Marek Weber, Alma Mia and Buen Amigo, neatly played on V-ll. Bohemian. Columbia offers folksongs by Jan Fifka (G-135-F) and a two-part Ceska Beseda by the Fiserova Sokolska Kapela. Odeon’s feature is 17351, energetic per- formances of Jazz Polka and Es-As Polka by the Odeon Orchestra. Peland and Svobodova, comedians, hold forth on 17349, Slava Grossmann, tenor on 17350 and Jara Kartout on 17352. Chinese. Victor issues six Cantonese disks of consider- able interest,—to non-Orientals as well as Chinese. On 43857-9 Lee Fee Fung and Gee Eng Hawk sing a six-part Man Toy; on 43860 Lee Fee Fung sings a two-part Fa Shum Tip Chick Mock Kan; and on 43861-2 a four-part Chook Ying Toy Hook Ling. The singular orchestral accompani- ments and manner of singing make these disks of unusual novel interest to anyone unfamiliar with Chinese music. Descriptive leaflets in Chinese accompany the records. Finnish. Leo Kauppi sings comic songs on Columbia 3114-F, and Hannes Saari sings folksongs on 3115-F. Victor ha two fine releases in V-4023 and V-4024, the former couples Handel’s Largo and the Finnish National Hymn sung by Waino Sola, and the latter three folk pieces by the Mieskuoro Laulu-Miehet, male chorus unaccompanied. French-Canadian. Brunswick issues three noteworthy disks, all by Louis Chartier, baritone. On 52025 he sings Pere de la Victoire and Dimanche a l’Aube; on 52026 del Riego’s L’Amour and Ervande’s Tu Sais; and on 52029 Toselli’s Serenade and Esclavy’s Parmi des Roses. For Columbia there is folk lore by Ovila Legare on 34195-F and a comic song and violin reel on 34222-F. Okeh lists three Acadian French-Canadian records in the domestic lists: 45332-4, by Dak Pellerin, Slim Doucet, and Christine Muszar respectively. The last-named selection (Au Clair de la Lune and La Chanson d’Evangeline) are the most interest- ing. There are six releases in the Victor list, V-5020-6, led by the first, a two-part Les Sucres by Conrad Cautier and his Folkloristes, and the last, Ferdinand Foch—Marche chantee and Le Reve passe, sung by Romeo Mousseau. German. For Victor Marek Weber has a bright coupling in V-6020, Gehst du mit nach Honolulu? and Mein Papagei frisst keine harten Eier; the Militaerkapelle mit Maenner- chor are heard in vigorous pieces on V-6022; Corado and Wittich sings songs of Spanish flavor on V-56019; and the Marchetti Alpine Trio play zither music on V-6019. The excellent Odeon list is led by a Tauber record reivewed else- where (10533—hits from Lehar’s Friederike), closely followed by a very fine choral record by the Erk-Scher Maennerge- sangverein heard in Der Soldat and sturmbeschwoerung (85023), and a coupling of very brilliant marches (Einzug der Gladiatoren and Abschied der Gladiatoren) played by the Grosses Odeon Orchestra on 85204. Also to be noted are 10536 (songs by Harry Steier) and 10537 (peasant dances by Witt’s Band). Columbia offers a waltz and polka by Fisher’s Orchestra on 5172-F, popular songs on 5173-F (Karl Priester) and 55164-F (George Gut), and dances by the Banater Schramel Kapelle on 55163-F. Greek. From Columbia are folksongs by Olga Mela (55149-F) and popular songs by Krionas, solo on 56150 (Christina and Coquette) and in duet with Kazis on 56148-F. Odeon offers a comic record by the Roubanis Mixed Chorus (82535), songs by Diamanto Vasilakou, soprano (82534), and dances by Rassias’ Orchestra (82536).