Whispering

Performers Roy Fox

ASV/Living Era | September 26, 2000 | Compact Disc

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Personnel includes: Roy Fox (cornet); Denny Dennis, Mary McDevitt (vocals).
Recorded between 1931 and 1938. Includes liner notes by Peter Dempsey.
Digitally remastered by Martin Haskell and Tim Debney.
Roy Fox was born and raised in the U.S. but is best remembered by the British for the excellent jazz and dance music his orchestra performed in and around London during the '30s. Living Era's Roy Fox tribute album presents an overview of Fox's musical legacy, drawing upon the Decca and HMV recordings he made between 1931 and 1938. More so than many of his English contemporaries, Fox maintained a healthy equilibrium between relaxing mood music, polite pop and authentically jazzy swing. His singers -- ranging from frowsy Nat Gonella to delicate Denny Dennis, an erstwhile electrician from Derby -- handled a healthy spectrum of material. "I Got Rhythm" is wonderfully hot and campy, although immediately following the vocal, in an apparent play on Fox's reputation as "The Whispering Cornetist," the recording volume is artificially lowered and then gradually increased during his solo. Such surreptitious technological tampering is rarely encountered in records of this vintage. Other fun moments occur during "Oh! Mo'Nah!" (a novelty song still associated with both Ted Weems and Bill Boyd's Cowboy Ramblers); the rambunctious "How'm I Doin'?" and the pleasantly silly "Rhythm Lullaby." Roy Fox also had the good sense to cover Duke Ellington's beautiful opus, "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart." He used real jazz players and periodically enriched his dance band's repertoire with solid and substantial selections. ~ arwulf arwulf

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: September 26, 2000

Genre: Big Band

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 1

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: ASV/Living Era

UPC: 743625535228

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Whispering

Performers Roy Fox

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: September 26, 2000

Genre: Big Band

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 1

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: ASV/Living Era

UPC: 743625535228


Title Track Time
1.Whispering --
2.I'm So Used to You Now --
3.Out of Nowhere --
4.Oh! Mon'nah! --
5.Georgia on My Mind --
6.When We're Alone (Penthouse Serenade) --
7.I Got Rhythm --
8.Lullaby of the Leaves --
9.How'm I Doin'? --
10.Girl in the Little Green Hat, The --
11.I Cover the Waterfront --
12.Everybody Loves My Marguerite --
13.Over on the Sunny Side --
14.One Morning in May --
15.I Saw Stars --
16.What a Difference a Day Made --
17.Rhythm Lullaby --
18.Let's Face the Music and Dance --
19.It's Been So Long --
20.Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody, A --
21.Your Heart and Mine --
22.Harbour Lights --
23.Let's Call the Whole Thing Off --
24.Stop, You're Breaking My Heart --
25.I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart --

Editorial Notes

Personnel includes: Roy Fox (cornet); Denny Dennis, Mary McDevitt (vocals).
Recorded between 1931 and 1938. Includes liner notes by Peter Dempsey.
Digitally remastered by Martin Haskell and Tim Debney.
Roy Fox was born and raised in the U.S. but is best remembered by the British for the excellent jazz and dance music his orchestra performed in and around London during the '30s. Living Era's Roy Fox tribute album presents an overview of Fox's musical legacy, drawing upon the Decca and HMV recordings he made between 1931 and 1938. More so than many of his English contemporaries, Fox maintained a healthy equilibrium between relaxing mood music, polite pop and authentically jazzy swing. His singers -- ranging from frowsy Nat Gonella to delicate Denny Dennis, an erstwhile electrician from Derby -- handled a healthy spectrum of material. "I Got Rhythm" is wonderfully hot and campy, although immediately following the vocal, in an apparent play on Fox's reputation as "The Whispering Cornetist," the recording volume is artificially lowered and then gradually increased during his solo. Such surreptitious technological tampering is rarely encountered in records of this vintage. Other fun moments occur during "Oh! Mo'Nah!" (a novelty song still associated with both Ted Weems and Bill Boyd's Cowboy Ramblers); the rambunctious "How'm I Doin'?" and the pleasantly silly "Rhythm Lullaby." Roy Fox also had the good sense to cover Duke Ellington's beautiful opus, "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart." He used real jazz players and periodically enriched his dance band's repertoire with solid and substantial selections. ~ arwulf arwulf
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