New horizons in historic jazz reissuing were revealed in 2005 when Jazz Oracle came out with a double-CD compendium of recordings made for about a dozen different labels between October 1924 and February 1933 in Vienna, Paris, and Berlin, all involving bandleader Lud Gluskin (1898-1989). Andreas Schmauder, apparently one of the world's leading Gluskin authorities, was asked to paw through literally hundreds of 78 rpm platters to designate the 48 titles included in this package, which is loaded with precious photographs and fascinating information. Gluskin first appears as a drummer with Paul Gason and His Versatile Orchestra. "Ain't She Sweet?" is performed by the Playboys, a Detroit-based band that would soon morph into an expanded and more versatile orchestra under Gluskin's direction.
Carmen's voice didn't change at all during the rest of her career - same phrasing, same 'story-telling' in a song. Fashions here are pretty shocking… oh dear, and to think people once thought that kind of hair was a good look… never mind. Of course Carmen is brilliant and does not disappoint. Sonny as always is worth a listen, again the suit is a fashion disaster, trousers too short and he looks so uncomfortable but they had to dress that way I guess trying to add gravitas to the music and show the public they were 'real and serious musicians' to counteract the prevailing notion of the era that most of them were junkies playing bebop nonsense good interview with sonny also.