Joe Marsala

Lower Register

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This very interesting collector's LP contains a variety of rarities featuring clarinetist Joe Marsala. He is heard with the "Six Blue Chips" in 1936 (a sextet with trumpeter Pee Wee Erwin), and on a studio side apiece with trumpeter Wingy Manone and bandleader Vic Lewis (which also features cornetist Bobby Hackett). In addition, Marsala is featured on radio broadcasts with Manone and Hackett and an "Impromptu Ensemble" with Eddie Condon; plus, there are two numbers that have him leading a quartet featuring his wife, harpist Adele Girard. The flip side of the album is a 29-minute "America Dances" broadcast from August 18, 1939 that has seven songs and an all-star cast: Marsala, trumpeter Marty Marsala, valve trombonist Brad Gowans, Bud Freeman on tenor, harpist Girard (the best in her field), rhythm guitarist Eddie Condon, drummer Dave Tough, and an unidentified bassist. Throughout the album, the music is Dixieland-flavored swing. Recommended to fans of the era.