Mal Hallett & His Orchestra - Beale Street Blues


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Violinist and bandleader Hallett graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music. During WW1, Hallett toured France as a member of the Al Moore Orch. In 1929, his career as a bandleader began when he started recording for Edison. Hallett's 1930's orchestra toured all over the New England states, usually in one-nighters. He was pioneering a "Swing band" before "Swing bands" had been invented. His bands included many musicians who would later achieve fame as great sidemen. Among these are: Gene Krupa (drums), Buddy Wise (sax), Toots Mondello (sax), Jack Teagarden (trombone) and many others. As for this amazing recording, it is one of those very first recordings, made in 1929. I could not identify the vocalist.

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Thank you for your enthusiasm, Genia! This is a fabulous performance indeed; cheers by the way. Scat did exist in the 20s but as a matter of fact this band was significantly ahead of its time. It is amazing, I agree. For your information, I uploaded another excellent one by another forgotten Edison band, Harold Stern's Belleclaire Hotel Orchestra.
Par kspm0220s Il y a 3 ans
That old man Edison sure could pick them and now I am sure he loved Jazz.
I am amazed to hear SCAT in the 20s ....I thought Ella started that.
Live and Learn...
Back to the Orchestra....BRILLIANT!
I have to have a Nice Daiquiri now to complete the experienc.
A million Jazzolicious STARS
Fav. To my BUGATTI PL....
Par Genia Il y a 3 ans
Absolutely Jack, this is an amazing performance.
Par kspm0220s Il y a 3 ans
Royal_roost, thank you for the info and indeed, due the closedown of the Edison business soon after this recording, it never got issued. But oh my how great this is.
Par kspm0220s Il y a 3 ans
Thank you Ginny! It is an outstanding version indeed and also technically the late Edisons were excellent.
Par kspm0220s Il y a 3 ans
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