Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Hudson DJ Rich Conaty Unveils New Archival CD

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 9:00 AM

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One of the most fun-filled features I’ve written for Chronogram was the one I did a while back about Hudson’s Rich Conaty, who recently celebrated his 40th year (!) of hosting his incredible radio show, “The Big Broadcast.” Airing every Sunday night on New York’s WFUV, the program is a joyous, four-hour celebration of the vibrant jazz and pop music of the 1920s and 1930s that has legions of devoted fans the world over. Besides holding forth with the show itself, Conaty also curates a series of compilation CDs that feature the 78s he spins on the air, many of them extremely rare. Recently, The Big Broadcast, Volume 8 appeared on Rivermont Records—and what a kicker it is.

With 27 alternately rollicking and dreamlike cuts, the sonically stunning comp shows the rich, full color of this peak period of popular music, covering dance bands (a scarce 1933 radio remote by Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra), hot jazz (Jack Pettis and His Pets, Don Redman and His Orchestra), piano soloists (Lee Sims), suave crooners (Nick Lucas), novelty singers (Billy Costello), and hot-cha flapper gal vocalists (Ruth Etting). And, as if that’s not enough, the release is packaged with a second disc of sample cuts from the Rivermont catalog. YouTube digging doesn’t yield any tracks from the newest CD, so feast your ears on this on this 1930s humdinger by Jack Shilkret and His Orchestra from The Big Broadcast, Volume 5:


The Big Broadcast, Volume 8 is available from Rivermont Records. Tracks can be heard at http://www.rivermontrecords.com/. “The Big Broadcast” airs from 8pm to midnight Sundays on WFUV, and streams live at www.wfuv.org.

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