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Ben Pollack, Volume 2 - Recorded in New York 1928-1929
The second volume of the complete recorded output by Ben Pollack's Orchestra 1926-30. This important band includes some of the earliest recordings by Benny Goodman and Jack Teagarden. There are ten unissued takes reissued here for the first time. Notes are by noted Jack Teagarden expert Joe Showler.

Ben Pollack and His Park Central Orchestra
Ben Pollack (d) dir. Jimmy McPartland-Al Harris (c), Jack Teagarden (tb), Benny Goodman (cl,as), Gil Rodin (as), Larry Binyon (cl,ts,f), Al Beller-Ed Bergman (vln), Bill Schuman (vc), Vic Briedis (p), Dick Morgan (gtr), Harry Goodman (sb), unknown (vib), Dick Robertson-Gene Austin (v).
New York, December 3, 1928
1. 49220-3 Then Came The Dawn (Al Dubin-Harry Warren)-vDR Victor 21827
2. 49221-2 Sentimental Baby (Jack Palmer)-vGA Victor 21827

Ben Pollack (v) dir. Jimmy McPartland-Al Harris (c), Jack Teagarden (tb), Benny Goodman (cl,as), Gil Rodin (as), Larry Binyon (cl,ts,f), Al Beller-Ed Bergman (vln), Bill Schuman (vc), Vic Briedis (p), Dick Morgan (gtr), Harry Goodman (bb), Ray Bauduc (d), unknown (v).
New York, December 24, 1928
3. 48286-1 Letís Sit And Talk About You (Dorothy Fields- Jimmy McHugh)-v Test
4. 48287-2 Futuristic Rhythm (Dorothy Fields- Jimmy McHugh)-vBP Victor 21858

Jimmy McHughís Bostonians
Jimmy McPartland-Al Harris (c), Jack Teagarden (tb), Benny Goodman (cl), Gil Rodin (as), Larry Binyon (ts), Vic Briedis (p), Dick Morgan (bjo,gtr), Harry Goodman (bb), Ben Pollack (d), Irving Kaufman (v).
New York, January 9, 1929
5. 147759-2 Futuristic Rhythm (McHugh and Fields)-vIK Harmony 836-H
6. 147760-2 Letís Sit And Talk About You (McHugh and Fields)-vIK Harmony 823-H
147761-3 In A Great Big Way (McHugh and Fields)-vIK Harmony 823-H
Note: The vocals are credited to Marvin Young on Harmony 836-H, and to Jim Andrews on Harmony 823-H.


Louisville Rhythm Kings
Ben Pollack dir. Jimmy McPartland-Al Harris (c), Jack Teagarden (tb), Benny Goodman (cl,as), Gil Rodin (as), Larry Binyon (cl,ts,f), Ed Bergman (vln), Vic Briedis (p,cel), Dick Morgan (bjo), Harry Goodman (bb), Ray Bauduc or Vic Moore (d), Smith Ballew (v).
New York, January 16, 1929
8. 401535-A Letís Sit And Talk About You (Fields-McHugh)-vSB Okeh 41189

Benís Bad Boys (Ben Pollack, Director)
Ben Pollack (v) dir. Jimmy McPartland (c), Glenn Miller (tb), Benny Goodman (cl), Vic Briedis (p), Dick Morgan (gtr), Harry Goodman (bb), Ray Bauduc (d).
New York, January 22, 1929
9. 49673-2 Wang-Wang Blues (Gus Mueller-Buster Johnson) Victor 21971
10. 49674-2 Yellow Dog Blues (W.C. Handy)-vBP Victor 21971
11. 49675-1 Shirt Tail Stomp (---) Test

Ben Pollack and His Park Central Orchestra
Ben Pollack dir. Jimmy McPartland-Al Harris (c), Jack Teagarden (tb), Benny Goodman (cl,as), Gil Rodin (as), Larry Binyon (cl,ts,f), Al Beller-Ed Bergman (vln), Bill Schuman (vc), Vic Briedis (p), Dick Morgan (gtr), Harry Goodman (bb,sb), Ray Bauduc (d), Scrappy Lambert (v).
New York, January 24, 1929
12. 48286-4 Letís Sit And Talk About You (Dorothy Fields- Jimmy McHugh)-vSL Victor 21858
12. 47743-1 Sheís One Sweet Show Girl (Edward Grossman-Ted Ward)-vBM Victor 21743
13. 48302-1 Sally Of My Dreams (William Kernell)-vSL Victor 21857


Note: The vocals on tracks 12 and 13 are credited to Burt Lorin on the original labels.

Louisville Rhythm Kings
Ben Pollack dir. Jimmy McPartland-Al Harris (c), Jack Teagarden (tb), Benny Goodman (cl,as), Gil Rodin (as), Larry Binyon (cl,ts), Vic Briedis (p), Dick Morgan (bjo), Harry Goodman (bb), Ray Bauduc (d), Smith Ballew-Trio (including Ballew) (v).
New York, January 25, 1929
14. 401558-A Shout Hallelujah! ĎCause Iím Home (Dixon)-vSB Par R.340
15. 401559-A In A Great Big Way (Fields-McHugh)-vTrio Okeh 41189
Note: Parlophone R.340 is credited to Bennieís Louisville Rhythm Kings.

Ben Pollack and His Park Central Orchestra
Ben Pollack dir. Jimmy McPartland (c), Ruby Weinstein (t), Jack Teagarden (tb), Benny Goodman (cl,as), Gil Rodin (as), Larry Binyon (cl,ts,f), Al Beller-Ed Bergman (vln), Bill Schuman (vc), Vic Briedis (p), Dick Morgan (gtr), Harry Goodman (bb), Ray Bauduc (d), Smith Ballew (v).
New York, March 1, 1929
16. 50905-2 Louise (Leo Robin-Richard A. Whiting)-vSB Victor 21941
Note: The vocal is credited to Charles Roberts on the original label.
The Alternate Takes


Ben Pollack and His Park Central Orchestra

Ben Pollack (d) dir. Jimmy McPartland-Al Harris (c), Jack Teagarden (tb), Benny Goodman (cl,as), Gil Rodin (as), Larry Binyon (cl,ts,f), Al Beller-Ed Bergman (vln), Bill Schuman (vc), Vic Briedis (p), Dick Morgan (gtr), Harry Goodman (sb), unknown (vib), Dick Robertson-Gene Austin (v).
New York, December 3, 1928
17. 49220-1 Then Came The Dawn (---)-vDR Test
18. 49221-3 Sentimental Baby (---)-vGA Test

Ben Pollack (v) dir. Jimmy McPartland-Al Harris (c), Jack Teagarden (tb), Benny Goodman (cl,as), Gil Rodin (as), Larry Binyon (cl,ts,f), Al Beller-Ed Bergman (vln), Bill Schuman (vc), Vic Briedis (p), Dick Morgan (gtr), Harry Goodman (bb), Ray Bauduc (d), unknown (v).
New York, December 24, 1928
19. 48286-3 Letís Sit And Talk About You (---)-v Test
20. 48287-3 Futuristic Rhythm (---)-vBP Test
Note: Matrix 48287-1, which appears on RCA (Fr) 741101, is aurally identical to matrix 48287-3 and is therefore not included here.

Ben Pollack dir. Jimmy McPartland-Al Harris (c), Jack Teagarden (tb), Benny Goodman (cl,as), Gil Rodin (as), Larry Binyon (cl,ts,f), Al Beller-Ed Bergman (vln), Bill Schuman (vc), Vic Briedis (p), Dick Morgan (gtr), Harry Goodman (bb), Ray Bauduc (d), Scrappy Lambert (v).
New York, January 24, 1929
21. 48286-5 Test

Benís Bad Boys (Ben Pollack, Director)
Ben Pollack (v) dir. Jimmy McPartland (c), Glenn Miller (tb), Benny Goodman (cl), Vic Briedis (p), Dick Morgan (gtr), Harry Goodman (bb), Ray Bauduc (d).
New York, January 22, 1929
22. 49673-1 Wang-Wang Blues (---) Sunbeam SB136
23. 49674-1 Yellow Dog Blues (---)-vBP Test
24. 49674-3 Yellow Dog Blues (---)-vBP Test
Note: As far as we know, 49673-1 exists only as an acetate copy of the original test pressing. It is included here, despite the poor quality, for completeness.

Ben Pollack and His Park Central Orchestra
Ben Pollack dir. Jimmy McPartland-Al Harris (c), Jack Teagarden (tb), Benny Goodman (cl,as), Gil Rodin (as), Larry Binyon (cl,ts,f), Al Beller-Ed Bergman (vln), Bill Schuman (vc), Vic Briedis (p), Dick Morgan (gtr), Harry Goodman (sb), Ray Bauduc (d), Scrappy Lambert (v).
New York, January 24, 1929
25. 48302-3 Sally Of My Dreams (---)-vSL Test


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