WELCOME BACK TO the Swing Era, LIVE & IN INCREDIBLE PERIOD SOUND.
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem invites you into the golden age of jazz with live, inspired, and previously unissued recordings by Bobby Hackett, Glenn Miller, Teddy Wilson, Joe Marsala, and more, all in superior fidelity.
As WBGO's Nate Chinen writes, "The time-release astonishment machine that is The Savory Collection, has released another batch of incredible music from the 1930s."
“To be able to share never-before-heard music created by great American artists such as Teddy Wilson and Bobby Hackett is such a thrill,” says Loren Schoenberg, producer and Founding Director of the National Jazz Museum.
“Just like an old wine, they improve with age! So much of the music of the Era was played in the musical equivalent of capital letters. These performances are such a joy to hear from bands that played with the lower-case letters too, so relaxed and flowing.”
As the title emphasizes, the outstanding cornetist Bobby Hackett is prominently featured – on three tracks with his own ensembles and four as a participant in joyous jams led by the fine clarinetist Joe Marsala. Admired by trumpet giants from Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis, Bobby was already leading his own ensembles by the time of the recordings that open this album after gaining notoriety through his performance with Benny Goodman in his legendary 1938 Carnegie Hall concert.
Here he joins Marsala for a quartet of rollicking, extended pieces filled with dynamic ensemble work and inspired solos on California, Here I Come and The Sheik of Araby, as well as blues classics Jazz Me Blues and When Did You Leave Heaven.
A Hackett ensemble’s participation on a 1938 Paul Whiteman radio broadcast bring us the beautiful Gershwin ballad Embraceable You and a stomping take on Kid Ory’s Muskrat Ramble, with Bobby joined by the brilliant Pee Wee Russell on clarinet and legendary guitarist Eddie Condon.
A major find are three extremely rare recordings by the immortal pianist Teddy Wilson’s 13-piece orchestra, virtually unrecorded in live performances. Recently discovered and to this point the only excellent high audio quality (superb, at that) recordings of this group, these 1939 items feature such masters as tenorman Ben Webster and trumpeters Doc Cheatham and Shorty Baker. With Wilson’s majestic virtuosity front and center, the band is structured for smooth transitions and elegant voicings, employing the rare – for its time – two trumpet/two trombone brass section creating a uniquely singing dynamic that is as graceful as its leader’s singular artistry and presence.
Martin Block, famed for hosting terrific jam sessions (including those Joe Marsala excursions) also hosted the two loosely structured, but highly energetic 1939 jams here, led by the spectacular trombone titan Jack Teagarden and featuring Charlie Shavers on trumpet and the drummer and wildman scat-singer Leo Watson. Johnny Mercer also makes an unusual appearance alongside Teagarden and Watson for a highly spirited vocal trio on Jeepers Creepers.
This delightful album closes with three pieces by one of the most popular of the Swing-era big bands, the Glenn Miller Orchestra – all featuring the leader’s right-hand man, Tex Beneke on tenor sax and vocals. The exuberant sense of swing and joy that made the Miller orchestra so wildly popular is fully apparent throughout.
JOE MARSALA JAM
December 7, 1938
Bobby Hackett (cnt), Joe Marsala (cl), Ernie Caceres (bar), Joe Bushkin (p), Carmen Mastren (g), Sam Shoobe (b), George Wettling (d)
1. California, Here I Come
2. Jazz Me Blues
3. When Did You Leave Heaven
4. The Sheik of Araby
August 17, 1938
Bobby Hackett (cnt), Brad Gowans (vtb), Pee Wee Russell (cl), Dave Bowman (p), Eddie Condon (g), Clyde Newcombe (b), Andy Picard (d)
5. Embraceable You
6. Muskrat Ramble
June 23, 1940
Bobby Hackett (cnt), Henry Levine (tp), Jack Epstein (tb), Alfie Evans (cl,as), Rudolph Adler (ts), Mario Janarro (p), Tony Colucci (g), Harry Patent (b), Nat Levine (d)
7. Body and Soul
December 9, 1939
Karl George, Harold “Shorty” Baker,
Doc Cheatham (tp), Floyd Brady, Jake Wiley (tb),
Pete Clarke (cl,as,bar) Rudy Powell (cl,as), Ben Webster, George Irish (cl, ts), Teddy Wilson (p,arr) Al Casey (g),
Al Hall (b), J.C. Heard (d)
8. Cocoanut Groove
9. Sweet Lorraine
10. Jitterbug Jump
Jack Teagarden JAM
January 11, 1939
Charlie Shavers (tp), Jack Teagarden (tb), Kenneth Hollon (ts) on Honey- suckle Rose only, Bill Miller (p), Teddy Bunn (g), Johnny Williams (b), Leo Watson (vo, d), Johnny Mercer (vo)
11. Jeepers Creepers
12. Honeysuckle Rose
July 7, 1938
Johnny Austin, Bob Price, Louis Mucci (tp), Glenn Miller,
Brad Jenny, Al Mastren (tb), Hal McIntyre, Wilbur Schwartz (cl,as), Bill Stegmeyer (cl,as), Stanley Aronson (ts,cl),
Tex Beneke (ts,vo), Chummy MacGregor (p),
Rollie Bundock (b), Bob Spangler (d)
13. By The Waters of the Minnetonka
February 3, 1940
Leigh Knowles, Clyde Hurley, Dale “Mickey” McMickle,
John Best (tp), Glenn Miller (tb,arr), Paul Tanner,
Jimmy Priddy, Frank D’Annolfo (tb), Hal McIntyre,
Wilbur Schwartz (cl,as), Jimmy Abato (as, cl), Tex Beneke (ts,vo), Al Klink (ts), Chummy MacGregor (p), Dick Fisher (g), Rollie Bundock (b), Maurice Purtill (d)
14. Tuxedo Junction
15. In The Mood