Peg La Centra: Peg La Centra - The Complete Recordings 1934 -1937 (2002)
Most of the music was recorded by Artie Shaw back in 1934. But the earlier material comes from Shaw aggregations from an earlier band which was not a very successful venture.
Nonetheless, Shaw, La Lentra and the music survived, all to go on to greater heights.
Ted Ono, a veteran producer of music from this era, continues to issue this fashion of music on his Baldwin Street Music label. Like some of his other releases, this is a mixed bag, with the high quality material fortunately far overriding the less enthralling material. You can visit Ted and Baldwin Street Music at http://www.baldwinstreetmusic.com . Finally, there is no scrimping on the amount of music presented on this 2-Fer, more than 2 hours and 15 minutes on the CD.
Track Listing: This Little Piggie Went to Market; A Fortune Teller; South Sea Island Magic; It Ain't Right"; You're Giving Me a Song and a Dance; Darling, not Without You; Let's Call a Heart a Heart; There's Something In the Air; There's Frost on the Moon; Love and Learn; Moon Face; You Can Tell She Comes from Dixie; No More Tears; Moonlight and Shadows; Trust in Me; Was It Rain?; Sweet Is the Word for You; Moon Face; When Your Lover Has Gone; All Dressed up and No Place to Go; If You Ever Should Leave; Afraid to Dream; Don't Ever Change; The Moon Got in My Eyes; All You Want to Dance; It's the Natural Thing to Do; The Folks Who Live on the Hill; Can I Forget You?; Am I in Love?; Please Pardon Us, We're in Love; Blue Grass; Alexander's Back in Town; A Blind Man Could See That I Love You; Don't Wait `Til the Night Before Christmas; Fit to Be Tied; What Harlem Is to Me; The Man I Love; Why Was I Born?; I'll See You in My Dreams; Now I Lay Me Down to Dream.
Personnel: Frank Guarente; Sterling Bose - Trumpet; Jack Teagarden - Trombone; Chester Hazlett, Jimmy Dorsey - Clarinet/Alto Saxophone; Matt Hayes - Tenor Sax; Joe Venuti, Walter Edelstein, Lou Kosloff; Joe Meresco - Piano; Perry Botkin - Guitar; Artie Bernstein - Bass; Larry Gomar - Drums; ; Artie Shaw - Clarinet/Arrangement; Lee Castle, Dave Vade - Trumpet; Mike Michaels - Trombone; Tony Pastor - Tenor Sax; Jerry Gray, Sam Rosenblum - Violin; Sam Persoff - Viola; Jimmy Oderick - Cello; Zeke Zarchy - Trombone; Joe Lipman - Piano; Ben Ginsberg - Bass; Sammy Weiss - Drums; Zarchy, Zeke - Trombone; Frank Siegfeld; Schumann - Bill; Gene Stultz - Guitar; George Wettling/Buddy Morrow - Drums; John Beat, Malcolm Crain, Tom diCarlo - Trumpet; Harry Rodgers, George Arcs - Trumpet; Les Burness - Piano; Al Viola - Guitar; Ben Ginsberg - Bass; Ciff Lehman - Drums; Jules Rubin; Harry Freeman; Jujus Rub; Angie Ratline - Trumpet; Jack Lace - Trombone; Raul Ricco - Trombone; Jerry Sears - Piano; Carl Cress - Guitar; Herb Quigley - Drums
Record Label: Baldwin Street Music