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March 18, 2013 - I'm now using various file sites with varying success. With over 200 albums listed here, obviously I cannot upload everything at once. So if you're dying to hear something, please post a comment on that particular post and I will move it up in the priority queue. Enjoy!

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27 October 2010

There's A Small Hotel

(Now with 3 times the posts of last month!) Here's another entry from the Columbia Best of the Big Bands series. From Wiki: "At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill he formed his own campus jazz group, the Carolina Club Orchestra. The band recorded for English Columbia and Perfect/Pathe records in 1924-5. This first group toured Europe in the summer of 1924 under the sponsorship of popular bandleader Paul Specht. Kemp returned to UNC in 1925 and put together a new edition of the Carolina Club Orchestra, featuring fellow classmates and future stars John Scott Trotter, Saxie Dowell, and Skinnay Ennis. In 1926, he was a member of the charter class of the Alpha Rho chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia  music fraternity, installed on the Carolina campus in February of that year. In 1927 Kemp turned leadership of the Carolina Club Orchestra over to fellow UNC student Kay Kyser  and turned professional. The band was based in New York City, and included Trotter, Dowell, and Ennis, and a few years later trumpeters Bunny Berigan and Jack Purvis joined the group. The sound was 1920s collegiate jazz. Kemp once again toured Europe in the summer of 1930. This band recorded regularly for Brunswick, English Duophone, Okeh and Melotone Records.

In 1932, during the height of the Depression, Kemp decided to lead the band in a new direction, changing the orchestra's style to a that of a dance band (often mistakenly referred to as "sweet"), using muted triple-tonguing trumpets, clarinets playing low sustained notes in unison through large megaphones (an early version of the echo chamber effect), and a double-octave piano.

One of the main reasons for the band's success was arranger John Scott Trotter. Singer Skinnay Ennis had difficulty sustaining notes, so Trotter came up with the idea of filling in these gaps with muted trumpets playing staccato triplets. This gave the band a unique sound, which Johnny Mercer jokingly referred to as sounding like a "typewriter." The saxes often played very complex extremely difficult passages which won them the praise of fellow musicians. Vocalists with the band at this time included Ennis, Dowell, Bob Allen, Deane Janis, Maxine Gray, Judy Starr, Nan Wynn, and Janet Blair. During the 1930s, Kemp recorded for Brunswick, Vocalion and (RCA) Victor records. Hal Kemp, Kay Kyser and Tal Henry were often having a Carolinian reunion in New York. All three were great musicians from North Carolina and enjoyed the olde' time get together, according to the newspaper from Chapel Hill, NC where Hal and Kay were in school." Enjoy. +


1. Got A Date With An Angel
2. Ah! But I've Learned
3. Shuffle Off To Buffalo
4. It's Winter Again
5. Forty-Second Street
6. Long About Sundown
7. Serenade For A Wealthy Widow
8. You're The Top
9. I've Got You Under My Skin
10. Lullaby Of Broadway
11. From The Top Of Your Head
12. Where Or When
13. I Can't Get Started
14. There's A Small Hotel
15. Pennies From Heaven
16. With Plenty Of Money And You

Vocals: Skinnay Ennis on all tracks except Bob Allen (10, 12) and Maxine Gray (14, 15).


Campbie™ said...

Anything you put up I fall in love with. I write this w/o having even listened to it. thanks as always from montreal

ryan said...

this one is a real winner, thanks. i believe i've exhausted the crooners content of your blog. if you've got more of such up your sleeve, may i humbly request a future post or two devoted to that genre?

M said...

For your information in case you are not aware, the Megaupload links for the Nov 1 posted Charlie Spivak cd and the Oct 27 Hal Kemp cd are not working. Thanks for all your hard work and great music.

Chester Proudfoot said...

This link has now been updated. Just let me know about other links. The cowardly troll will not win out.

Steinar said...

I get a password error with this one. Despite typing in the "secret word" ("volstead") my WinZip reports "Wrong password for Hal Kemp And Orchestra - Best Of The Big Bands - Hal Kemp".

The problem is not duplicated with the other Volstead-packages, so I can't imagine it's WinZip?

Chester Proudfoot said...

That was weird, it didn't work for me either. Must have been a typo or the keyboard was stuck on another language. Anyhoo...

The link has been updated and the password is correct. Enjoy.

Steinar said...

Thanks alot - worked fine now. I see that the other file is 133MB whereas the new one is 41MB - maybe the other file is a completely different file? I am also curious to how other people have succeeded opening the other file and that the password problem discovered before now.

As for the rip quality - no problem and fine, but: It is being stated "Unless otherwise noted, all files are zipped using a freeware program called 7-zip and are ripped at 128k mono." - in my findings, however, it seems that the rippings (this package included) are 128 *stereo*. The difference might not be audible overall, but still...

Steinar said...

"09 - Hal Kemp And Orchestra - I've Got You Under My Skin.mp3" - has a few skipping problems just where the singing starts (01:41) and for some 10 seconds.

FootballRugby said...

Is there a chance if someone could please send me a link I am very curious to hear this CD Please. I am kind of shocked iTunes doesn't have this

Chester Proudfoot said...

Ready to enjoy again!