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Victor Recordings 1924-28

Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 23, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Transatlantic Radio
  • ASIN: B0000630ZL
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,513 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. It's The Blues
2. I Didn't Know
3. After I Say I'm Sorry
4. Dinah
5. Roses
6. Gimme A Little Kiss
7. Lonesome And Sorry
8. Idolizing
9. Hush-A-Bye
10. I'd Rather Be The Girl In Your Arms
11. Sunday
12. Cover Me Up With Sunshine
13. Just One More Kiss
14. Proud Of A Baby Like You
15. I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover
16. I'm Gonna Meet My Sweetie
17. Hoosier Sweetheart
18. Look At The World And Smile
19. My Pretty Girl
20. A Lane In Spain
See all 26 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Jazz maestro Rex Stewart said of Jean Goldkette "We simply could not compete with Jean Goldkette's Victor Recording Orchestra. Their arrangements were too imaginative, their rhythm too strong". Here are 26 of Jean's songs from the mid-to-late '20s, featuring Bix Beiderbecke, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Frankie Trumbauer, Jimmy & Tommy Dorsey, Steve Brown, Sterling Bose, Volly de Faut & others.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best cd's I've ever heard January 2, 2003
The Jean Goldkette Orchestra is in full form on this cd. You have top-name musicians like Bix Beiderbecke, Frank Trumbauer, Doc Ryker, Steve Brown, Chauncey Morehouse, etc.., who are showing you what real musicians can do.
This was the hottest dance orchestra in the 1920's. Musicians and fans would flock from everywhere to see these guys perform when they came close to a town near them. Imgaine this group beating Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra in a Battle of the Bands in New York at the Roseland Ballroom. Fletcher Henderson had the top band in New York, and would defeat any band that would pass through for the Battle of Music.
On this cd, you should listen to track 4, "Dinah." This is the first time an electrical mic was used, and Steve Brown stood 2 feet away from it with his bass, so you can really hear him hitting the strings on the "hot" part of the tune.
All the songs are great, but my favorite, "My Pretty Girl," still stands out amongst them all. Just have a listen-you'll see what I mean!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC - SHAME ABOUT THE SOUND (OCCASIONALLY) October 1, 2003
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Twenties dance orchestras didn't come any better than this. There are a number of absolute classics on this ample disc. The only problem I have - and any sensitive listener would agree - is the inexplicable lapses in sound quality that occasionally mar the otherwise perfect listening experience. For example, for 4 bars, as a vocal chorus begins, a hugely noticeable hiss suddenly comes in from out of nowhere and disappears just as suddenly. This happens about a half dozen times in all and it's really distracting. Otherwise, Lang & Venuti are a joy as always and the Bix tunes cook like nothing else; he was never in more empathic company. These arrangements are deeply satisfying and stand up to many listenings. Goldkette could swing as well as - or better than - any pre-swing dance band, including Whiteman, who boasted many of the same sidemen. If you're at all interested in this type of jazz (sort of), get it NOW!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neglected genius July 14, 2003
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Jean Goldkette should be mentioned along with Paul Whiteman when people talk about the great white jazz bands of the 1920s. Besides his exciting arrangements, he was an innovator. When other bands used a tuba, Goldkette use a bass. And while other bands used a banjo, Goldkette had a guitar player. Another reason Goldkette's arrangement are recognizable: jazz violin solos. Many bands simply had the violinist in the background playing the main melody. Goldkette had Joe Venuti fiddling away. The only drawback to this recording is the haphazard use of noise reduction. Sometimes it's not there, other times it's in full force, and that causes a distraction from the great music.
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