Joe Venuti

Stringin' the Blues [Topaz]

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This two-LP set (long overdue to be reissued on CD) contains a definitive cross-section of the recordings of violinist Joe Venuti and guitarist Eddie Lang. The 32 performances include everything from duets and a few of Lang's meetings with fellow guitarist Lonnie Johnson to examples of Venuti's Blue Four and guest appearances with singer Annette Hanshaw, Clarence Williams, Tommy Dorsey (on trumpet) and Bing Crosby (on a hot "Some of These Days"). Virtually all of these recordings are superb, with solos also heard from bass saxophonist Adrian Rollini, Don Murray (on clarinet and baritone), cornetist King Oliver, the C-melody sax of Frankie Trumbauer, and Jimmy Dorsey (switching between clarinet, alto and cornet). Highly recommended for all collections.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Eddie Lang
2:39
2
feat: Eddie Lang
2:33
3
feat: Eddie Lang
2:55
4 2:48
5 2:54
6 2:37
7 3:01
8 2:47
9 2:43
10 3:14
11
feat: Eddie Lang
2:59
12
feat: Eddie Lang
3:02
13
feat: Eddie Lang
3:19
14
feat: Eddie Lang
3:08
15 3:12
16 2:45
17 3:09
18 3:13
19 3:06
20 3:04
21 2:58
22 2:56
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