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Honeysuckle Rose

Bill Markas and his Orchestra
Feat. Andy Secrest


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A 'Secrest' Soundie


Many people are familiar with Soundies, far fewer with the many competitors in the early days of the audiovisual jukebox boom. One of the more obscure companies was "Nickel Talkies," which produced a handful of shorts (probably less than 20) in late 1940 - early 1941. This is one of their best shorts: a jam on Fats Waller's "Honeysuckle Rose."

The group is headed by studio drummer Bill Markas who had replaced Spike Jones in the John Scott Trotter orchestra. The sidemen include a number of Los Angeles based musicians the most notable being Andy Secrest. Secrest always seems to be mentioned in the same breath as Bix Beiderbecke, but here he turns in a fine trumpet solo, more in the style of Bunny Berigan than Bix. -(Mark Cantor)

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