Eddie Lang

The New York Sessions 1926-1935

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The recordings of master jazz duo Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti have been compiled many times and in many ways, but never before as easily as JSP's four-disc box set The New York Sessions 1926-1935. While Mosaic still deserves pride of place for its massive set The Classic Columbia and OKeh Sessions (which doubles the number of discs), this set earns great notices because of its low price and high availability. Certainly this includes all of Lang and Venuti's best moments, most delivered under the studio rubric Joe Venuti's Blue Four -- with the help of talented friends like Adrian Rollini, Jimmy Dorsey, and Frank Signorelli. "The Blue Room," "Doin' Things," and "The Wild Dog" belied the frantic nature of much classic jazz; sides by Lang and Venuti called to mind adjectives like buoyant, pastoral, virtuosic, ones that hadn't previously been applied to recorded jazz. The New York Sessions 1926-1935 also adds many scattered sessions that didn't come out under their name, such as sidemen gigs for artists ranging from Cliff Edwards to Annette Hanshaw to bluesman Texas Alexander. Also appearing are a few excellent sides of guitar duets featuring Lonnie Johnson and Lang, who recorded under the name Blind Willie Dunn. All in all, it's a treasure trove of classic jazz for fans who've been unable to find this much material so easily.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti 02:49 Amazon
2 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti 02:39 Amazon
3 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti 02:52 Amazon
4 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti 02:58 Amazon
5 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti 03:00 Amazon
6 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti 02:56 Amazon
7 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti 03:16 Amazon
8 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti 02:56 Amazon
9 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti 03:00 Amazon
10 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti 03:10 Amazon
11 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti 03:06 Amazon
12 Eddie Lang feat: Red McKenzie & His Music Box / Joe Venuti 02:43 Amazon
13 Eddie Lang feat: Red McKenzie & His Music Box / Joe Venuti 03:23 Amazon
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Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti 03:08 Amazon
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Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti 02:57 Amazon
16 Eddie Lang feat: Annette Hanshaw / Joe Venuti 03:02 Amazon
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Eddie Lang feat: Annette Hanshaw / Joe Venuti 03:07 Amazon
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Eddie Lang feat: Annette Hanshaw / Joe Venuti 03:25 Amazon
19 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 03:11 Amazon
20 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 02:41 Amazon
21 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 02:56 Amazon
22 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 02:59 Amazon
23 Eddie Lang feat: Tram, Bix & Lang / Joe Venuti 03:03 Amazon
24 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti 02:54 Amazon
25 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti 03:05 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 02:50 Amazon
2 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 02:59 Amazon
3 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 02:55 Amazon
4 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 02:48 Amazon
5 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti 03:00 Amazon
6 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti 02:58 Amazon
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Eddie Lang feat: Red McKenzie & His Music Box / Joe Venuti 02:49 Amazon
8 Eddie Lang feat: Red McKenzie & His Music Box / Joe Venuti 03:02 Amazon
9 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 03:00 Amazon
10 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 03:22 Amazon
11 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 02:46 Amazon
12 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 02:25 Amazon
13 Eddie Lang feat: Clarence Williams' Blue Five / Victoria Spivey / Joe Venuti 03:08 Amazon
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Eddie Lang feat: Clarence Williams Orchestra / Victoria Spivey / Joe Venuti 03:16 Amazon
15 Eddie Lang feat: Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards / Joe Venuti 02:42 Amazon
16 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti 03:25 Amazon
17 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 03:19 Amazon
18 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 02:54 Amazon
19 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti 03:13 Amazon
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Eddie Lang feat: Sonny Porter / Joe Venuti 02:58 Amazon
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Eddie Lang feat: Sonny Porter / Joe Venuti 02:50 Amazon
22 Eddie Lang feat: Blind Willie Dunn / Joe Venuti 03:02 Amazon
23 Eddie Lang feat: Blind Willie Dunn / Joe Venuti 03:12 Amazon
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Eddie Lang feat: Gladys Bentley / Joe Venuti 03:04 Amazon
25 Eddie Lang feat: Gladys Bentley / Joe Venuti 03:06 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Eddie Lang feat: Texas Alexander / Joe Venuti 03:21 Amazon
2 Eddie Lang feat: Texas Alexander / Joe Venuti 03:27 Amazon
3 Eddie Lang feat: Blind Willie Dunn / Lonnie Johnson / Joe Venuti 03:07 Amazon
4 Eddie Lang feat: Blind Willie Dunn / Lonnie Johnson / Joe Venuti 03:06 Amazon
5 Eddie Lang feat: Texas Alexander / Joe Venuti 02:57 Amazon
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Eddie Lang feat: Texas Alexander / Joe Venuti 02:58 Amazon
7 Eddie Lang feat: Texas Alexander / Joe Venuti 02:59 Amazon
8 Eddie Lang feat: Texas Alexander / Joe Venuti 03:04 Amazon
9 Eddie Lang feat: Clarence Williams' Novelty Band / Joe Venuti 02:55 Amazon
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Eddie Lang feat: Clarence Williams' Novelty Band / Joe Venuti 02:55 Amazon
11 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 03:08 Amazon
12 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 03:19 Amazon
13 Eddie Lang feat: Blind Willie Dunn / Joe Venuti 03:05 Amazon
14 Eddie Lang feat: Blind Willie Dunn / Joe Venuti 03:02 Amazon
15 Eddie Lang feat: Blind Willie Dunn / Joe Venuti 03:13 Amazon
16 Eddie Lang feat: Blind Willie Dunn / Lonnie Johnson / Joe Venuti 03:06 Amazon
17 Eddie Lang feat: Blind Willie Dunn / Joe Venuti 03:12 Amazon
18 Eddie Lang feat: Blind Willie Dunn / Joe Venuti 03:13 Amazon
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Eddie Lang feat: Blind Willie Dunn / Lonnie Johnson / Joe Venuti 03:06 Amazon
20 Eddie Lang feat: Blind Willie Dunn / Lonnie Johnson / Joe Venuti 03:22 Amazon
21 Eddie Lang feat: Blind Willie Dunn / Lonnie Johnson / Joe Venuti 03:04 Amazon
22 Eddie Lang feat: Blind Willie Dunn / Lonnie Johnson / Joe Venuti 03:10 Amazon
23 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 03:03 Amazon
24 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 03:23 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 03:19 Amazon
2 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 03:20 Amazon
3 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 03:06 Amazon
4 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 02:40 Amazon
5 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 03:11 Amazon
6 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 02:51 Amazon
7 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 03:09 Amazon
8 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Rhythm Boys / Joe Venuti 03:02 Amazon
9 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Blue Four / Joe Venuti 03:14 Amazon
10 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Rhythm Boys / Joe Venuti 03:06 Amazon
11 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Rhythm Boys / Joe Venuti 03:13 Amazon
12 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Rhythm Boys / Joe Venuti 03:10 Amazon
13 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Rhythm Boys / Joe Venuti 03:03 Amazon
14 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti's Rhythm Boys / Joe Venuti 03:18 Amazon
15 Eddie Lang feat: Carl Kress / Joe Venuti 03:01 Amazon
16 Eddie Lang feat: Carl Kress / Joe Venuti 02:53 Amazon
17 Eddie Lang feat: Paul Small / Joe Venuti 03:21 Amazon
18 Eddie Lang feat: Paul Small / Joe Venuti 03:15 Amazon
19 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti 03:03 Amazon
20 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti 03:09 Amazon
21 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti 03:26 Amazon
22 Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti 03:13 Amazon
23 Eddie Lang feat: Russ Morgan / Joe Venuti 03:21 Amazon
24 Eddie Lang feat: Russ Morgan / Joe Venuti 02:43 Amazon
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Eddie Lang feat: Joe Venuti 02:48 Amazon
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