Dick McDonough

Dick McDonough & His Orchestra, Vol. 1

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Dick McDonough was a superb guitarist who followed in Eddie Lang's footsteps along with Carl Kress and George Van Eps. In addition to widespread action as a session man, he managed to record as a leader for the ARC label during the mid-'30s. The band served mainly as a vehicle for sweet vocalists and the presentation of Tin Pan Alley pop tunes, but did feature trumpeters Bunny Berigan, Yank Lawson, and Wingy Manone; trombonist Jerry Collona (before he became famous as a comedian); clarinetists Joe Marsala and Artie Shaw; saxophonists Adrian Rollini, Toots Mondello, Babe Russin, and Larry Binyon; pianist Claude Thornhill; and drummer Cozy Cole. The only instrumentals on the first of two volumes in a McDonough retrospective launched by Swing Time Records in 2000 are Harold Arlen's "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea," Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood," and a gorgeous treatment of "Dardanella," that attractive melody popularized during the 1920s by bandleader Ben Selvin. The vocalists heard on this collection are Chick Bullock, Buddy Clark, Art Gentry, Barry McKinley, trumpeter Cliff Weston, and Howard Phillips. Vol. 2 covers the same time period (1936-1937) with the addition of four titles cut in 1935 by the Gene Gifford Orchestra, with whom the guitarist sat in at that time. If you only pull a single track from Vol. 1, let it be "Dardanella," possibly the best recording ever released under the name of Dick McDonough.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:49
2
feat: Buddy Clark
2:45
3
feat: Buddy Clark
3:12
4
feat: Buddy Clark
2:49
5
feat: Buddy Clark
3:09
6
2:34
7
feat: Buddy Clark
2:42
8 3:09
9 3:22
10
feat: Buddy Clark
3:29
11
2:43
12
3:21
13
2:41
14 2:35
15 2:46
16
feat: Art Gentry
2:51
17
feat: Art Gentry
2:37
18 2:41
19
2:12
20
2:23
21
3:00
22
2:48
23
2:37
24 2:50
25
2:14
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