4/10/16

Joe Venuti and His Blue Four / and His Orchestra

Violinist Joe Venuti recorded frequently as leader in the late 20s and early 30s, often together with guitarist Eddie Lang. Being a much sought after studio musician, he made only a few sessions under his own name in the mid to late 30s. Some of these recordings are today quite hard to find in digital form. The LP featured here, 'Nothing But Notes', collects various sessions from 1931 to 1939, and all the music is great. Today I'm featuring one track by Joe Venuti and His Blue Four from 1935 and one track by Joe Venuti and His Orchestra from 1939. Both tracks are written by Joe Venuti himself (the second co-written with saxophonist Clark Galehouse). Romping away at 240 bpm, the second track should please the Balboa dancers.

Discographical data from The Jazz Discography by Tom Lord:

Joe Venuti And His Blue Four: Arthur Rollini (cl,ts) Adrian Rollini (bassax,vib) Fulton McGrath (p) Joe Venuti (vln) Frank Victor (g) Victor Angle (d)

New York, March 20, 1935
39437-A    Send Me       Decca 669

Joe Venuti and His Orchestra: 
Glenn Rohlfing, Bob Stockwell (tp) Charlie Dahlsten (tb) Wayne Songer, Charlie Spero (as) Clark Galehouse, Elmer Beechler (ts) Joe Venuti (vln,dir) Mel Grant (p) Frank Victor (g) George Horvath (b) Barrett Deems (d)

New York, January 25, 1939
64951-A    Something       Decca 2312

LP source: Nothing But Notes (MCA/Coral 622184)





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