Hal Kemp / Hal Kemp & His Orchestra

The Hot Sides: 1926-1931

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Hal Kemp gained fame in the 1930s for leading one of the most popular sweet dance bands, often featuring vocals by Skinnay Ennis, with a major hit in "Got a Date With an Angel." During 1926-1931, Kemp's young band occasionally played jazz and most of its hottest recordings are on this CD. There are no famous soloists on the first 14 numbers, but the ensembles are spirited and the brief solos fit the period music well. Cornetist Jack Purvis has a few good spots on the later records and trumpeter Bunny Berigan is present on three tracks, taking his first recorded solo on "Washin' the Blues from My Soul" and being in memorable form on "Them There Eyes." Fans of late-'20s hot dance jazz will certainly enjoy this release.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Hal Kemp / Hal Kemp & His Orchestra 03:09 SpotifyAmazon
2 Hal Kemp / Hal Kemp & His Orchestra 03:39 SpotifyAmazon
3 Hal Kemp / Hal Kemp & His Orchestra 02:47 SpotifyAmazon
4 Hal Kemp / Hal Kemp & His Orchestra 02:52 SpotifyAmazon
5 Hal Kemp / Hal Kemp & His Orchestra 03:04 SpotifyAmazon
6 Hal Kemp / Hal Kemp & His Orchestra 02:47 SpotifyAmazon
7 Hal Kemp / Hal Kemp & His Orchestra 03:16 SpotifyAmazon
8 Hal Kemp / Hal Kemp & His Orchestra 02:52 SpotifyAmazon
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Hal Kemp / Hal Kemp & His Orchestra feat: Carolina Club Orchestra 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
10 Hal Kemp / Hal Kemp & His Orchestra feat: Carolina Club Orchestra 03:15 SpotifyAmazon
11 Hal Kemp / Hal Kemp & His Orchestra 03:04 SpotifyAmazon
12 Hal Kemp / Hal Kemp & His Orchestra feat: Dick McDonough / Dick McDonough & His Orchestra 03:02 SpotifyAmazon
13 Hal Kemp / Hal Kemp & His Orchestra feat: Carolina Club Orchestra 03:10 SpotifyAmazon
14 Hal Kemp / Hal Kemp & His Orchestra feat: Carolina Club Orchestra 02:52 SpotifyAmazon
15 Hal Kemp / Hal Kemp & His Orchestra 03:07 SpotifyAmazon
16 Hal Kemp / Hal Kemp & His Orchestra feat: Carolina Club Orchestra 03:04 SpotifyAmazon
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Hal Kemp / Hal Kemp & His Orchestra feat: Carolina Club Orchestra 03:00 SpotifyAmazon
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Hal Kemp / Hal Kemp & His Orchestra feat: Carolina Club Orchestra 03:22 SpotifyAmazon
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Hal Kemp / Hal Kemp & His Orchestra feat: Carolina Club Orchestra 03:21 SpotifyAmazon
20 Hal Kemp / Hal Kemp & His Orchestra 03:11 SpotifyAmazon
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Hal Kemp / Hal Kemp & His Orchestra 02:33 SpotifyAmazon
22 Hal Kemp / Hal Kemp & His Orchestra 02:57 SpotifyAmazon
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Hal Kemp / Hal Kemp & His Orchestra 02:51 SpotifyAmazon
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Hal Kemp / Hal Kemp & His Orchestra feat: Carolina Club Orchestra 02:57 SpotifyAmazon
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