George Olsen

Beyond the Blue Horizon

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The band led by drummer George Olsen became a well-known name on-stage and in nightclubs around New York after Florenz Ziegfeld hired Olsen for his musical Kid Boots. In 1925, George Olsen & His Music made a national splash with the song "Who?," followed by a full decade of prominent sides recorded for Victor. After decades of digital exile, ASV/Living Era finally compiled Beyond the Blue Horizon, including two dozen of the orchestra's finest (and sweetest) material. "Who?" is, of course, presented quite early on, an excellent piece of quick yet stately dance-band finery. Olsen's band usually leaned away from Tin Pan Alley pop, resulting in a series of well-played versions along the Berlin, Gershwin, and Rodgers & Hart axis of popular song ("Blue Skies," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "The Girl Friend"). Although Olsen's band would later include a few names of note to jazz fans, few on tap for these sides (from 1925 to 1933) are of note. Trombone player Jack Fulton has some good features, and also takes a few vocals.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:59 Amazon
2 03:03 Amazon
3 03:16 Amazon
4 03:29 Amazon
5 03:16 Amazon
6 02:52 Amazon
7 02:54 Amazon
8 02:58 Amazon
9 03:07 Amazon
10 03:16 Amazon
11 03:16 Amazon
12 03:12 Amazon
13 03:15 Amazon
14 03:26 Amazon
15 03:11 Amazon
16 03:23 Amazon
17 03:14 Amazon
18 02:58 Amazon
19 03:06 Amazon
20 03:27 Amazon
21 03:13 Amazon
22 03:00 Amazon
23
03:31 Amazon
24 03:21 Amazon
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