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Oriental Illusions

  • 1. Singapore Sorrows - Ben Pollack & His Californians
    2. Chinatown, My Chinatown - Roane's Pennsylvanians
    3. Oriental Illusions - Slim Lamar & His Southerners
    4. China Boy - McKenzie & Condon's Chicagoans
    5. Hong Kong Blues - Perry Botkin and His Orchestra/Hoagy Carmichael/Perry Botkin & His Orchestra
    6. China Stomp - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra
    7. Oriental Man - The Chicago Footwarmers
    8. Shanghai Honeymoon - Chicago Rhythm Kings
    9. Nightime in Old Shanghai - Whitey Smith's Majestic Hotel Orchestra
    10. China Girl - Casa Loma Orchestra
    11. Limehouse Blues - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
    12. Oriental - Friars Society Orchestra
    13. Oriental Strut - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five
    14. Shanghai Dream Man - Paul Whiteman Orchestra
    15. Sing Song Girl (Little Yellow Cinderella) - Sleepy Hall & His Collegians
    16. Shanghai Shuffle - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7018

  • Credits
    ProducerRichard Hite
    EngineerRick Caughron

    Personnel: Bobby Roberts (vocals, violin); Ben Pollack (vocals, drums); Carmichael, Hoagy Carmichael (vocals); Gene Gifford, Jack Cohen (guitar, banjo); Allan Ruess, Allan Reuss, Perry Botkin (guitar); Eddie Condon, Dick Morgan, Lou Black, Johnny St. Cyr, Fred Guy, Charlie Dixon (banjo); Dick Wilson , Mel Jenssen (violin); Lyle "Spud" Murphy (ocarina); Johnny Hodges (clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Harry Carney (clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Jim Rush (clarinet, alto saxophone, synthesizer); Don Redman, Slim Lamar, Dyke Bittenbender, Johnny Nadlinger, Benny Goodman, Buster Bailey (clarinet, alto saxophone); Coleman Hawkins, Joe Allard, Bedford Brown, Barney Bigard (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Leon Roppolo (clarinet, cornet); Jack Mayhew, Frank Teschemacher, Johnny Dodds, Arnett Nelson (clarinet); Jack Pettis (saxophone, tenor saxophone, C-melody saxophone); Gil Rodin, Glen Gray, Ray Eberle (alto saxophone); Maurice Freedman, Pat Davis, Bud Freeman (tenor saxophone); Louis Armstrong (trumpet, cornet); Manny Klein, Cootie Williams, Elmer Chambers, Bob Shoffner, Howard Scott , Freddie Jenkins, Harry Berman, Dub Shoffner, Bobby Lee Jones, Louis Martino, Joe Hostetter, Arthur Whetsol (trumpet); Roy Palmer (cornet, trombone); Irwin Kunz, Tony Almerico, Jimmy McPartland, Al Harris , Natty Dominique, Paul Mares (cornet); Abe Lincoln, Terry Page, Billy Rauch, Georg Brunis, Glenn Miller, Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton, Kid Ory, Pee Wee Hunt, Sunny Clapp, Charlie Green (trombone); Juan Tizol (valve trombone); Stanley Dennis, Ralph Escudero (brass); John Lindsay, Duke Ellington, Elmer Schoebel, Fletcher Henderson, Adrian J. Larroque, Joe Hall , Vic Breidis, Jimmy Blythe, Joe Sullivan, Lil Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, Paul Savage, Charlie LaVere (piano); Baby Dodds (drums, washboard); Cozy Cole, Frank Snyder, Gene Krupa, Jimmy Bertrand, Bobby Turley, Tony Briglia, Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall, Herb Lee, Sonny Greer, Spike Jones (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Gregg Gordon.
    Recording information: 08/30/1922-10/14/1938.
    Directors: Duke Ellington; Elmer Schoebel; Fletcher Henderson; Slim Lamar; Henry Biagini; Perry Botkin; Ben Pollack.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Fletcher Henderson.
    Arrangers: Terry Page; Duke Ellington; Elmer Schoebel; Fletcher Henderson; Gene Gifford; Paul Savage.
    This sampler from the Memphis Archives label consists of 16 songs that all have references to the Far East in their titles including "Singapore Sorrows," "Oriental Illusions," "China Boy," "China Girl" and "Hong Kong Blues." Some of the performances are instrumentals and, although a couple of the vocals on the other songs are (to put it lightly) unenlightened, the jazz content of these selections (which mix together famous records with true obscurities) is consistently high. Heard are Ben Pollack, Roane's Pennsylvanians, Slim Lamar's Southerners and McKenzie and Condon's Chicagoans, Hoagie Carmichael, Lionel Hampton, the Chicago Footwarmers ("Oriental Man" which stars clarinetist Johnny Dodds), the Chicago Rhythm Kings, Whitey Smith's Majestic Hotel Orchestra (who actually recorded in Shanghai), the Casa Loma Orchestra, Duke Ellington ("Limehouse Blues"), Friar's Society Orchestra, Louis Armstrong's Hot Five ("Oriental Strut"), Paul Whiteman, Sleepy Hall & His Collegians and Fletcher Henderson. There are enough rarities on this set to interest most 1920s collectors. ~ Scott Yanow

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