by Brian Rust
(from the liner notes of The Chicago Hot Bands 1924 - 1928 on Timeless Records)
Danny Altier was a Chicago-based saxophonist whose only known records these are. They show a marked contrast in styles; both glorify Sally, about whom more songs must have been written than any other girl except Mary, one full of deep remorse at the end of an affair, the other extolling the virtues of a girl who was "a wild sort of devil, but dead on the level," and both performances outstanding for Muggsy Spanier and his superb cornet work. The group was probably a pickup one; Muggsy was with the Ray Miller Orchestra at the time, and Jess Stacy and George Wettling were probably working regularly in Chicago with other bands.

If you would like to order the Timeless Records' CD of The Chicago Hot Bands 1924 - 1928 you can do so through Worlds Records or direct from Timeless Records.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
I'm Sorry, Sally
(Ted Fiorito / Gus Kahn)
10-28-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion 15740
My Gal Sal
(Paul Dresser)
10-28-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion 15740
Artist Instrument
Danny Altier Alto Saxophone, Leader
Maurice Bercov Clarinet
Ray Biondi Guitar
Johnny Carsella Trombone
Pat Pattison Tuba, Bass
Phil Robinson Trombone
Muggsy Spanier Cornet
Jess Stacy Piano
Frank Sylvano Vocals
George Wettling Drums