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|Maurice Peress, Paul Whiteman|
The Birth Of Rhapsody In Blue: Paul Whiteman's Historic Aeolian Hall Concert of 1924
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Classical
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Indispensible for Fans of Early Jazz
Danielle Bennignus | 10/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My heavens - there are so many wonderful aspects to this album, I don't even know where to start. I found my copy in a discount bin at Tower, and haven't been the same since.
Firstly, this is a wonderfully important piece of history, the reconstruction of Paul Whiteman's landmark 1924 Aeolian Hall concert, at which Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue made its premiere. As the final piece, it winds up what is a grand concert unto itself - there isn't a bad bit in the bunch.
Secondly, the little "featurettes" showcasing Zez Confrey and Victor Herbert are like little musical bouquets, gems placed in the perfect setting. I came to love Confrey's work thanks to this album, and though I had long loved Herbert, his "Suite of Serenades" was new to me - a joyful discovery.
Thirdly, the great variety of great jazz works, as well as their sequence, is such a pleasure to listen to. Standards such as "Limehouse Blues" and "Whispering" are interspersed with more unusual selections, like "Mama Loves Papa" and "Russian Rose". The overall effect is most satisfying.
Finally, and most importantly, the musicians are ASTOUNDINGLY well suited to this music - they are spot on, and obviously have tremendous respect for it. Andy Stein shines through as always, Ivan Davis and Dick Hyman sparkle (especially in the Confrey pieces), and, of course, there's Vince Giordano, who I am fully convinced has the musical Midas touch - whatever the man touches turns to Gold.
Not convinced yet? Then let me tell you that there is nothing I can say to accurately depict how wonderful this album really is. It's an endless joy, and a true staple of my collection. Make it a part of yours, and you'll agree, I promise."