by Eddy Duchin


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Take Two Records presents "The Elegant Eddy Duchin" with 1933-37, a chronologically jumbled cross-section of recordings made by this highly successful pianist and his hugely popular dance band between August 8, 1933 and May 14, 1937, with vocals by Lew Sherwood, Jerry Cooper, Harold Arlen, the DeMarco Sisters and Buddy Clark. Handsome, suave and debonair, Duchin assumed leadership of Leo Reisman's Orchestra in 1931 and made records for the Columbia and Brunswick labels before switching to Victor in 1933 and waxing no less than 160 titles for that company over the next four years. Duchin's romantically tinted brand of musical entertainment was perfect for effortless listening, intimate dining, and relaxed dancing. This album contains a brief written reminiscence by Peter Duchin, the pianist's son, who proudly describes his father's participation in the Normandy Invasion as well as the Pacific Theater of the Second World War. Peter Duchin provides this excellent assessment of his father's musical gifts: "He had the extraordinary ability to make people who were listening to him feel that he was playing just for them. He used to say that he tried to play the piano the way he would have sung the lyrics, had he been a singer...he knew by heart the lyrics of all the songs he played." This distinctly jazz-like trait -- the insistence upon knowing the words and basing one's instrumental improvisations upon that knowledge -- is most commonly associated with the work of clarinetist and tenor saxophonist Lester Young.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2005
Label: Take Two Records
UPC: 0734021041321
catalogNumber: 413
Rank: 75647

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddy Duchin   Primary Artist,Piano

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Peter Duchin   Liner Notes
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Cliff Friend   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Max Steiner   Composer
Marty Symes   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Tom Steuer   Producer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
Bernie Henighen   Composer
Bernice Petkere   Composer
Harry Revel   Composer
Dorothy Dick   Composer

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