Contains obscure, naughty and lovely songs from the 1910s, 20s and 30s, with soulful, rustic and authentically inspired interpretations of early 20th century hot-jazz, late ragtime, ballads, blues and novelty tunes. Chock full of lovely adornments and alluring vintage photos from Janet's collection.
Janet Klein and her distinctive musician pals bring to life 22 rare, diverse and lively songs from the 1910's, 20's and 30's with Janet's third and most ambitious CD: PUT A FLAVOR TO LOVE.. The charming Ms. Klein and her band The Parlor Boys deliver a bundle of spirited and inspired renditions of cleverly fun but forgotten Tin Pan Alley, early hot jazz, saucy bits and late ragtime gems. Adding to the band's already extensive performing repertoire of early jazz tunes these merry-makers zestfully branch into obscure vaudeville and Vitaphone numbers, Hawaiian, Yiddish and French knock-out ballads. The CD's 22 song selections of rich musical heritage are once again gorgeously packaged, inspired by early 20th century ephemera and designed by Janet and friends.
PUT A FLAVOR TO LOVE is a feast for the ears, eyes and heart!
Included songs of note are: Put A Flavor to Love, written and originally rendered only as a test pressing by the unique clarinetist and vaudeville contortionist Wilton Crawley, diamond in the ruff bluesy Troubled Waters once performed by Mae West, two delightful but obscure Vitaphone numbers Lambchops, originally performed by George Burns and Gracie Allen, and anomalous Biscuit Medley, which survived only as a soundtrack to a lost film.
Also lost and found are Hurry on Down which was banned from radio broadcast in the 30's, Ian Whitcomb's Uncle Stanley Dameroll's wonderfully quirky song Fairy On The Clock, Janet's oy tipsy rendition of the Klezmir/Hawaiian novelty tune Yiddish Hula Boy, and two beautiful ballads, the wistful Nuages, a Django Reinhardt tune featuring rarely performed French lyrics and the stunningly sublime All My Life originally recorded by a 19 year old Ella Fitzgerald in the early 30's will leave you spellbound and swooning.