Wingy Manone

1944-1946

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Volume eight in the Classics complete chronologically reissued recordings of Wingy Manone documents the singing trumpeter's recording activity during a time period extending from July 1944 to March 1946. Manone, a hard-swinging, husky voiced hipster with New Orleans roots, is at his best on a very funny rendition of "O Sole Mio," the rather libidinous "Where Can I Find a Cherry (For My Banana Split)?" and Slim Gaillard's "Cement Mixer," which Wingy makes sound like it was written expressly for him. Of all the instrumentalists who participated in these recordings, it is the clarinetists who seem to be pointing in a futuristic direction; not so much the merry Matty Matlock but rather Joe Marsala and Hank D'Amico, traditionally based individuals who were in the process of branching out onto adventuresome and distinctly modern stylistic turf. In addition to Wingy (and certain rather overbearing bandmembers whose chatty outbursts clutter up an otherwise enjoyable "Salt Pork West Virginia"), vocals are by Kay Starr and Kay Kyser's Gloria Wood.

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