Hoagy Carmichael

Stardust Melody

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Stardust Melody Review

by John Bush

Stardust Melody, RCA's first document of Hoagy Carmichael's rich, folksy songwriting and gentle vocal artistry in over ten years, does near-perfect work of balancing great performances by Carmichael the endearing vocalist with several outside versions familiar to those who know his pop songbook. First, it leads off with an expressive solo performance of "Star Dust" from 1933, then collects a pair of early (and unreleased) Carmichael performances ("Rockin' Chair," "March of the Hoodlums"). Bix Beiderbecke, an early friend (and the inspiration for "Star Dust"), appears with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra on one of his earliest compositions, "Washboard Blues." Other guests include Mildred Bailey singing "Rockin' Chair" (a song more associated with her than with Carmichael) and "Georgia on My Mind," Earl Hines & His Orchestra polishing "Skylark" with a refined reading from Billy Eckstine, Ethel Waters on "Old Man Harlem," and close to the top, Hot Lips Page on an ebullient version of "Small Fry" from 1938. Compiler Dick Sudhalter -- author of the Carmichael biography and recorder of an album tribute -- did an authoritative job bringing the diverse talents of an individual jazz voice (both vocal and compositional) to the fore in this excellent compilation.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Hoagy Carmichael 03:33 Amazon
2 Hoagy Carmichael 03:15 Amazon
3 Hoagy Carmichael 02:43 Amazon
4 Hoagy Carmichael feat: Bix Beiderbecke / Hoagy Carmichael & Friends / Paul Whiteman 04:30 Amazon
5 Hoagy Carmichael 03:14 Amazon
6 Hoagy Carmichael 03:17 Amazon
7 Hoagy Carmichael feat: Hoagy Carmichael & Friends / Red McKenzie / Paul Whiteman 03:14 Amazon
8 Hoagy Carmichael feat: Sunny Clapp & His Band O' Sunshine 02:47 Amazon
9 Hoagy Carmichael 02:52 Amazon
10 Hoagy Carmichael feat: Benson Orchestra of Chicago 02:44 Amazon
11 Hoagy Carmichael feat: Benny Goodman 02:26 SpotifyAmazon
12 Hoagy Carmichael feat: Mildred Bailey 03:29 Amazon
13 Hoagy Carmichael feat: Mildred Bailey 03:02 Amazon
14 Hoagy Carmichael feat: Billy Eckstine / Hoagy Carmichael & Friends / Earl Hines 03:10 Amazon
15 Hoagy Carmichael feat: Ethel Waters 02:57 Amazon
16 Hoagy Carmichael 03:15 Amazon
17 Hoagy Carmichael 03:01 Amazon
18 Hoagy Carmichael feat: Louis Armstrong / Hoagy Carmichael & Friends / Jack Teagarden 05:11 Amazon
19 Hoagy Carmichael 02:57 Amazon
20 Hoagy Carmichael feat: Hot Lips Page 02:33 Amazon
21 Hoagy Carmichael feat: Ethel Waters 02:54 Amazon
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