Emmett Matthews and His Orchestra

Soprano saxophonist and singer Emmett Matthews came to New York with Wen Talbert's Orchestra in 1927 and later worked with Edgar Hayes at the Alhambra. He recorded with Fats Waller's (very short-lived) first big band in December of 1935 (the session that produced 'Functionizin'') before he formed and led his own small band in 1936. The band recorded a total of eight sides for Vocalion and included the Waller sidemen Herman Autrey, Rudy Powell, Charlie Turner, and Slick Jones. The LP 'Friends of Fats' collects all of these songs on one side of the record. (The other side is devoted to Pat Flowers and Gene Sedric, and those tracks have all been reissued on CD.)

The whole band swings superbly on the two songs featured here, and the soprano playing by Matthews is simply beautiful. It's a shame that Emmett Matthews never got to record under his own name again.

Emmett Matthews and His Orchestra: Herman Autrey (tp) Rudy Powell (cl,as,bar) Gene Sedric (cl,ts) Emmett Matthews (sop,vcl) Hank Duncan (p) Gene Fields (g) Charlie Turner (b) Slick Jones (d)

New York, September 8, 1936
19826    You Came to My Rescue (em vcl)    Vocalion 3332
19829    Night in Manhattan (em vcl)                     -

LP source: 'Friends of Fats' (Collectors Items 007)

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