Pianist Russ Carlson
led a series of fine dance-band recordings for the budget Crown label during 1929-1933. The soloists (who probably include trumpeter Mannie Klein, trombonist Miff Mole
, clarinetist Tony Parenti
, and tenor saxophonist Larry Binyon
) mostly played melodically, with the emphasis being on the straightforward arrangements and the cheerful vocals of Harold Van Emburgh, Dick Robertson
, and Elmer Feldkamp
. The 24 selections on this CD (from the 1931-1933 period) have rarely if ever been reissued and they give listeners a good idea what the dance bands of the early Depression/pre-swing years sounded like. Pleasing dance music with bits of jazz and novelty vocals used as spices.