Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Hommage- Vol. 1

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Hommage- Vol. 1

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Hommage- Vol. 1

Eddie Rosner

IPR Media, Rheinstr. 15, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany via:

Booklet and track titles in German and Russian.

Europe: euro27; elsewhere: euro30.55 / $42 / £28.

Extensive personnel noted in booklet.

Disc 1

1953: Gott hat mir dich geschenkt (Emil Mangelsdorff tribute) Berlin, 1929-1932, Die Weintraubs Syncopators : Sweet Sue Just You / Am Sonntag will mein Süßer mit mir segeln gehn / Love Made a Gipsy Out Of Me / I Like To Do Things For You / Ich kauf mir 'ne Rakete / Wenn wieder Frühling Ist

Paris, 1938, Ady Rosner and his Orchestra : Let It Rain, Let It Pour / On The Sentimental Side / Caravan / Take Your Pick And Swing / Bei mir bist du schön / I Need You / Midnite In Harlem / When Boudha Smiles

USSR, 1940-1946, Eddie Rosner and the Belorus Orchestra : St. Louis Blues / 1001 Takte im Rhythmus / Schwarze Augen / Caravan / Wienerwald-Märchen / Großer Walzer / Farewell, Love

Disc 2

1955-1968, USSR: St. Louis Blues / Blue Prelude / Moskauer Swing / Der lustige Spaziergang / Blues 6/8 Takt / Bossa Nova / Blues aka Woody Herman's Mo-Lasses

Disc 3

1944-1968 : Mainly non-jazz vocal hits, in Russian : Kerl, Kerlchen / Mandoline, Gitarre und Bass / Wozu / Das Lächeln / Vielleicht / Dich kenne ich nicht / Das Wiegenlied / Das Lied, in dem du lebst / Wie schön ist es mit dir an diesem Abend

This 3-CD set was issued in 2005 by Irina Prokofieva-Rosner in an effort to elevate her trumpeter-father's work. Ady Rosner (1910-1976) played uncannily like Harry James, although without the Jewish schmaltz that sometime over-egged the latter's playing (for some, not for me). But although He Who Lived for Women embraced the romanticism of Jewish phrasing, Harry couldn't claim any Jewish background himself. Ady had the misfortune to be a Jew who hit the Berlin Big Time while the Nazis were ascending power and making lists of who to exclude.

A musical prodigy, Ady ditched piano and violin for trumpet while in his teens and became a popular hot player in the late 1920s. In 1934 he came second to Louis Armstrong in a Brussels cutting contest so Pops signed a photo: 'To the white Louis Armstrong from the black Ady Rosner'!

First off there are the Weintraubs Syncopators, the first German jazz outfit to gain currency, mainly due to records and 'sound' film. Aside from the leader, there were other important Jewish musos, the most successful being Franz Wachsmann, who soon split for Hollywood, where he composed for Hitchcockian thrillers, among many. The Weintraubs releases were deceptively awkward, amusingly jerky as if in a cabaret one instant and smoothly changing keys the next. There's not much of Eddie's work in evidence but it pokes through here and there.

Despite having seen a fascinating film documentary about him, I haven't a clue if he was the straw boss of the Weintraubs Syncopators band. But I wouldn't be surprised, for he was a born bandleader, as you'll soon understand. When Dr. Goebbels made it his business to sack the Jews from prominent spheres of employment, Ady Rosner had a choice, to go to the USA or Poland. Well, the latter was closer, cheaper, and more bi-lingual. So his own multicultural band, armed with Fud Candrix arrangements, especially When Buddha Smiles and Midnite in Harlem, was a huge hit in Warsaw, touring other countries a bit by the evidence of eight swinging 78 sides here cut in Paris in 1938. …

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