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  • The May 28, 1929 Ed Lang and His Orchestra Recording Session
    • Albert Haim
      Posted Oct 1, 2011 11:49 AM

      Eddie Lang had hundreds of recording sessions as a side man, as a soloist, with Joe Venuti, as  an accompanist, but only two as a leader: May 22, 1929 and Oct 5, 1929. Here I deal with the May 22, 1929 session.

      From http://petekellysblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/trumpet-of-tommy-dorsey.html

      Tommy's hottest trumpet work came on an Eddie Lang date for Okeh on 5/28/29. Along with Tommy on trombone and trumpet were Jimmy, Schutt, Lang, Tarto, King and Leo McConville, an excellent but underated Bix-like cornetist. (all the band members were frequent colleagues of Red Nichols). Freeze and Melt, an early Jimmy McHugh tune has Tommy on trombone only and features fine solos including a rolling, Bix-ish one by McConville. On Bugle Call Rag, Tommy starts out on trombone but switches to trumpet for the outchorus. He lets off a few slashing breaks, then joins McConville for a driving outchorus with some of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings passages uses as a riff. Jimmy is also inspired with some throbbing high notes over the band. The highlight of the session is Hot Heels, a Lang original with minor key solos in the style of Louis' King of the Zulus and Tight Like That. Tommy is really into his Louis bag here with a classic solo building up to some impressive high notes. (the solo also reminds one of the gifted but eccentric trumpeter Jack Purvis). Jimmy also gets in a hot clarinet chorus going up high, too before the band rides home. Tommy's horn work here shows a hard blowing Armstrong disciple and certainly stands on it's own merits, even if one was unaware of his briliance as a trombonist. By the way, Tommy's trombone on Freeze is excellent too, with shades of Miff Mole, one of his idols.

      Bugle Call Rag  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-Umx8eHqUE

      Eddie Lang's Orchestra
      Bass - Joe Tarto; Clarinet - Jimmy Dorsey; Drums - Stan King; Guitar - Eddie Lang; Leader - Eddie Lang;
      Piano - Arthur Schutt; Saxophone [Alto] - Jimmy Dorsey; Trombone - Tommy Dorsey; Trumpet - Leo McConville; Trumpet - Tommy Dorsey; Written By - Pettis/Mills/Schoebel
      New York, 22 May, 1929

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      Hot Heels http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5XYqc8LL0k

      Eddie Lang's Orchestra
      Bass - Joe Tarto; Clarinet - Jimmy Dorsey; Drums - Stan King; Guitar - Eddie Lang; Leader - Eddie Lang;
      Piano - Arthur Schutt; Saxophone [Alto] - Jimmy Dorsey; Trombone - Tommy Dorsey; Trumpet - Leo McConville; Trumpet - Tommy Dorsey; Written by Pettis-Goering 
      New York, 22 May, 1929

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      Freeze and Melt http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_brkPT2DCM

      Eddie Lang's Orchestra
      Bass - Joe Tarto; Clarinet - Jimmy Dorsey; Drums - Stan King; Guitar - Eddie Lang; Leader - Eddie Lang;
      Piano - Arthur Schutt; Saxophone [Alto] - Jimmy Dorsey; Trombone - Tommy Dorsey; Trumpet - Leo McConville; Trumpet - Tommy Dorsey; Written By - Fields/McHugh
      New York, 22. May, 1929

      Albert

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