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Bulletin - February 2009
Jazz, Dance Bands & Vocalists
Bing Crosby ->
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BING CROSBY Retrieval 79054 Jazz Singer, 1931-1941 ● CD $10.98
Der Bingle in a jazzy mood with 24 cuts recorded between 1931 and 1941 including several alternate takes. Accompanying bands include Isham Jones & His Orch., The Dorsey Brothers Orch., John Scott TRotter & His Orch. and others including several with small groups. He duets with The Mills Brothers and with Connee Boswell with two and indulges in some scatting, crooner style, on a number of cuts. Includes Dinah/ Some Of These Days/ I've Got The World On A String/ Stay On The Right Side Of The Road/ Moonburn/ Basin Street Blues/ Rhythm On The River/ My Melancholy Baby and others.

THE MISSOURIANS Frog 69 Stoppin' The Traffic ● CD $18.98
Originally formed in St. Louis in 1920 as Wilson Robinson's Syncopaters they went through various incarnations and ended up in New York and under the new leadership of Andrew Preer became the house band at the Cotton Club under the name of Andrew Preer's Cotton Club Orchestra. They were superseded by Duke Ellington and subsequently became The Missourians. They were joined by Cab Calloway in 1930 and he eventually took over the group. This collection features 24 sides recorded between 1924 and 1930, prior to Calloway's arrival and includes sides by The Seminole Syncopaters, Harry's Happy Four, Andy Preer's Cotton Club Orchestra and, of course, The Missourians. There are also three tracks accompanying blues singer Sara Martin on three of her more pop oriented songs.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Membran 232096 Bebop Story ● CD $235.98
Do you like bebop? No, I mean do you really like bebop? If so, have I got a deal for you. This is a 100 CD set (yes, that's right, 100 CDs) tracing the history of this important revolution in jazz styling from the 30s through the 50s featuring every major figure in the genre as well as a host of lesser known performers and prestigious sidemen. The first 10 CDs are devoted to the early years from 1937 to 1944 featuring early sides by Dizzie Gillespie, Charlie Parker, The Billy Eckstine Orchestra and more. There are five CDs devoted to Dizzy and Bird working together between 1945 and 1953. There are seven CDs of Dizzy Gillespie fronting various groups, 10 CDs of Charlie Parker fronting various studio groups, seven discs of Fats Navarro, three of Dexter Gordon, five of Wardell Gray, three of Thelonious Monk, three of Bud Powell, three of Howard McGhee, single CDs of Teddy Edwards & James Moody, J.J. Johnson and Sonny Stitt & Gene Ammons. Then there's two Cds of Sonny Stitt, one of Milt Jackson, three of Miles Davis, one of Coleman Hawkins, two of Lennie Tristano, one of The Metronome All Stars, three discs devoted to "Boppers In Europe", four of "Woody's Boys" (Chubby Jackson, Flip Phillips, Sonny Berman, etc), 8 CDs are devoted to white be-boppers (Stan Getz, Allen Eager, George Wallington, etc), one disc of Dodo Marmarosa, four CDs of live Charlie Parker and 11 discs of Bebop Live Concerts - whew! Each CD is housed in its own cardboard sleeve and the set is housed in a flip top box 16" long, 5 1/2" high and 5 1/2" deep with the CDs housed in three rows in a plastic tray. It includes a 136 page CD sized booklet with brief introductory notes and detailed session details for every track. We don't have the time to properly review it but a quick listen reveals that the sound quality is excellent. For those who require additional information we can provide a pdf file of the booklet. In addition there is a CD Rom which has a detailed cross reference of every track in the series. Did I say series? Yes, there are four other box sets of 100 CDs each - one devoted to Classic Jazz, one to Swing, one to Big Bands and one to Modern Jazz. We have pdf files for those too if you are interested. There is a package deal where you can get all five volumes (Five hundred CDs - 10,000 tracks!!) for $950 and you'll never have to buy a CD of pre 1960 jazz again! Each set weighs 7 pounds so is equivalent to 28 regular CDs for shipping purposes.


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