Music from the times of the great ocean liners – this album features polished performances from the most elegant artists of the 1930s and 40s, including Noel Coward, Nat King Cole, Fred Astaire and a wonderful Cole Porter medley from Hutch.
“These songs make me remember The Queen Mary. I was on her 2nd last voyage. What a ship. She was a wonder! I danced with my girl friend in the ball room to songs like these. Ah, The days.” Mr R. B.
“I was born in the 60s and when I was growing up they played a lot of movies on tv from this era and I loved it. With some of the films/musicals, they played similar music to this and I fell in love with it all over again. This is the music I want to tap dance to.” John Galvin
The very word ‘elegance’ may conjure up images of powdered wigs and courtiers parading about in eighteenth century garb with perhaps a harpsichord tinkling away somewhere in the background. But it has always been around if you look for it, in the Thirties, Forties – even today, in dress, design or – what concerns us here – music.
Sweet or hot, Freddy Gardner (1911-1950) had complete mastery of his instruments, be they saxophones (alto, tenor and baritone) or clarinet. In his tragically all-to-brief lifetime, he was in great demand and his brilliant, authoritative reedwork is fortunately evident on many records made from the 1930s to 1950. He recorded with the orchestras of Ray Noble and Jay Wilbur among many others, with small jazz oriented groups like the Six Swingers and the Rhythm Rascals, with visiting Americans Benny Carter and Buck and Bubbles – the list goes on. It is also a pleasure to find his playing leaping out at you in places where you would least expect it – in a Flanagan & Allen medley for example, or in the middle of a Jack Simpson xylophone record. Post-war, he recorded half a dozen glorious sides on alto saxophone with Peter Yorke & His Concert Orchestra, our examples here being I’m In The Mood For Love and I Only Have Eyes For You – it’s difficult to imagine these performances being improved upon.