"Crinoline Days" is a collection of dance numbers played in the unique manner of the long forgotten Frisco Jazz Band, who in 1917 recorded the first records for the Edison label to bear the word "jazz". Despite the Frisco Jazz Band's name, the music they played is really a hybrid of ragtime and jazz. Acclaimed author/musician/songwriter Ian Whitcomb has provided informative liner notes, supplemented by contributions from author Doug Caldwell and Dan Levinson. Rather than being a re-creation, "Crinoline Days" features Dan Levinson's new arrangements of popular songs from the early 1900s, including spirited fox-trots, brisk one-steps, and dreamy, sentimental ballads. The Blue Amberol Quartette, directed by barbershop harmony specialist Neal Siegal, renders period-style vocals on six of the 23 tracks on this truly unique album.
1. Smile, Smile, Smile (Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag)
2. Pretty Baby
3. Just Like a Butterfly (That’s Caught in the Rain)
4. Floatin' Down to Cotton Town
5. My Wild Irish Rose
6. Let It Rain, Let It Pour (I’ll Be in Virginia in the Morning) - introducing "My Castle in Spain"
7. Roses of Picardy
8. Good-bye Broadway, Hello France!
9. Under the Bamboo Tree - introducing "Ida! Sweet as Apple Cider"
10. Shine On, Harvest Moon
11. Nellie Kelly, I Love You
12. It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary - introducing "I Want a Girl (Just Like the Girl that Married Dear Old Dad)"
13. Schubert's "Serenade" - introducing "Serenade Blues"
14. Down Among the Sheltering Palms
16. At the Ball, That's All - introducing "If I Had My Way"
17. A Ring to the Name of Rosie
18. Old Man Sunshine (Little Boy Bluebird)
19. My Sunny Tennessee
20. In the Good Old Summer Time
21. Canary Cottage - introducing "It's Always Orange Day in California"
22. Jazzin' the Blues Away
23. Crinoline Days - introducing "Some Sunny Day"
released June 27, 2005
Jenny Scheinman, violin
Dan Levinson, C-melody saxophone/clarinet
David Sager, trombone
Conal Fowkes, piano
John Gill, banjo
Kevin Dorn, drums
THE BLUE AMBEROL QUARTETTE:
(tracks 4, 8, 11, 15, 19, 22):
Larry Bomback, tenor vocal
Eddie Holt, lead vocal
Brad Verebay, baritone vocal
Neal Siegal, bass vocal
ALL INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL ARRANGEMENTS BY DAN LEVINSON
Recording Dates: November 19, 20 and 21, 2004
Recording Location: Peter Karl Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Recording Engineer: Peter Karl
Mixing, Editing and Mastering: Peter Karl, Dan Levinson
Production Supervisor: Mike Cogan, Bay Records, Berkeley, CA
Front Cover Photographs: Peter Karl
Front Cover Design and Art: Joe Busam, Cincinnati, OH
Liner Notes: Ian Whitcomb, Doug Caldwell, Dan Levinson
Producer: Dan Levinson
Executive Producer: Bob Erdos
Stomp Off Records
P.O. Box 342 York, PA 17405 www.stompoffrecords.com