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Joe Candullo and His Everglades Orchestra: Betty

February 24, 2010

Joe Candullo and His Everglades Orchestra

Recorded in 1926

Another obscure band, but a good one. The hot violin (presumably by the leader) meandering through the ensemble is especially effective, and the arrangement makes good use of musicians who can play enthusiastically but aren’t great soloists.

The last chorus is notable. Usually a band pours everything it has into the last chorus, making it if nothing else the loudest part of the number. Here the last chorus is deliberately toned down several notches from the chorus before it, giving it a coiled-spring tension that holds on through the last bar.

Perfect records were pressed in shellac the color of Mississippi mud, which probably made them stand out in the rack but doesn’t seem to hold sound well over time. This record was quite noisy, but a bit of work brought the noise down to acceptable levels. This is an acoustical recording: Victor and Columbia switched to electrical recording in late 1925, but cheaper labels held out for several years.


From → Hot Dance

  1. Javier Soria permalink

    In this recording, the musicians that are present on this recording are Leo McConville on trumpet, a young Ray Bauduc on drums and two Harry Reser men called Tommy Gott on trumpet and Ken “Goof” Moyer on reeds.

  2. Danny Crew permalink

    Do you have any info of JC & the Everglades Orch? Where were they based? How did they get the Everglades name?

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