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Bulletin - August, 2010
Jazz, Dance Bands & Vocalists
Nat "King" Cole & His Trio  -> Various Artists

 

 

NEW COMPACT DISCS

 
THE NAT KING COLE TRIO JSP JSPCD 963 Rare Radio Transcriptions ● CD $28.98
4 CDs, 106 tracks, 4 hours 35 min., very highly recommended
Long before Nat King Cole was crooning Unforgettable and Mona Lisa, he was making a name for himself performing in a small jazz combo. It didn't hurt that he was one of the finest (if underrated) jazz pianists around. This JSP box features 106 rare radio transcriptions from among the more than 500 recorded by the trio for Standard, Keystone, Davis & Schwegler, MacGregor, and Capitol between 1938-45. These transcriptions gave the Trio a national audience at a time when most record companies were releasing very few titles, owing to wartime shortages. Disc A (1938-39) finds Cole, Oscar Moore, And Wesley Prince sounding more like Cats And The Fiddle or The Ink Spots than like latter-day Nat King Cole. The Trio swings in unison, intentionally avoiding putting the spotlight on Cole. They run through novelty songs and jump tunes, many written by Cole. The second (1939-43) CD follows suit, offering an even greater number of Cole originals. But by the third CD, the Trio covers hit songs such as How High The Moon and It's Only A Paper Moon, and only 4 Cole-penned tunes, including D-Day. By 1945 the recordings feature more Cole piano solos and, by Disc D, ballads showing off Cole's smooth vocals. The swinging and jiving are not all gone, but the change has come. The Trio was so practiced and tight, they could record transcription sessions quickly. Recording without the benefit of editing or multiple takes apparently made little difference for the Trio, as these performances are all but flawless, engaging, impressive. No wonder Ray Charles spent the early days of his career imitating Nat Cole's Trio sound. Incredible stuff worth discovering or rediscovering. (JC)
NAT KING COLE TRIO: 'Tain't What You Do (It's The Way That'cha Do It)/ (Back Home Again In) Indiana/ After I Say I'm Sorry/ After You've Gone/ Aint Misbehavin'/ Baby (We Could Have A Lot Of Fun)/ Baby Won't You Please Come Home/ Barcarolle/ Besame Mucho/ Black Spider Stomp/ Blue Skies/ Body And Soul/ Boogie A La King/ Bring Another Drink/ Caravan/ Close To You/ Crazy Rhythm/ D-Day/ Dancing In The Street/ Dark Rapture/ Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me/ Don't Blame Me/ Don't Blame Me/ Don't Take Your Love From Me-Anita Boyer & Her Tomboyers/ F.D.R. Jones/ Fudge Wudge/ Gone With The Draft/ Harem Sandman/ Honey/ Honey Hush/ How High The Moon/ I Can't Give You Anything But Love/ I Got Rhythm/ I Like To Riff/ I May Be Wrong (But I Think You're Wonderful)/ I Realize Now/ I Thought You Ought To Know/ I Wanna Turn Out My Light/ I'm In The Mood For Love/ If Yesterday Could Only Be Tomorrow/ Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?/ It Only Happens Once/ It's Only A Paper Moon/ Jam Man/ Jingle Bells/ Just Another Blues/ Keep Knockin' On Wood/ King Cole Blues/ Laura - King Cole Trio/ Lester Leaps In/ Liebestraum/ Little Joe From Chicago/ Mexico Joe/ Miss Thing/ Music'll Chase Your Blues Away/ Mutiny In The Nursery/ My Heart Tells Me/ No Love, No Nothin'/ On The Sunny Side Of The Street/ Penthouse Serenade/ Please Consider Me/ Pogo Stick Bounce/ Rhythm Sam/ Rhythm Serenade/ Rib Town Shuffle/ Riffin' In F Minor/ Rosetta/ Rosetta/ Russian Lullaby/ Scategoria/ Shoo Shoo Baby/ Shoo Shoo Baby/ Smokey Joe/ Snug As A Bug In A Rug/ Some Like It Hot/ Someone's In The Kitchen With Dinah/ Speak Low/ Swannee River/ Sweet Georgia Brown/ Sweet Lorraine/ Sweet Lorraine/ Swingin' The Blues/ That'll Just About Knock Me Out/ The Blue Danube/ The Land Of Make Believe/ The Limp/ The Man I Love/ The Old Music Master/ The Sheik Of Araby/ Them There Eyes/ There's No Anesthetic For Love/ These Foolish Things/ This Side Up/ This Will Make You Laugh/ Three Blind Mice/ Too Marvelous For Words/ Trompin'/ Vine Street Jump/ Wild Goose Chase/ Windy City Boogie Woogie/ Wouldn't You Like To Know/ You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love)/ You Must Be Blind/ You Send Me/ You're My Life/ You're So Different

 
STUFF SMITH Storyville 8409 Five Fine Violins Celebrate 100 Years ● CD $15.98
Fine collection of violin jazz featuring the great Suff Smith performing live on Danish radio in 1965 and 1966. The recordings are taken from five different broadcasts - four of them featuring Stuff duetting or playing in a trio with fellow jazz violinists Ray Nance, Svend Asmussen, Soren Christensen and Poul Olsen. Accompanied by piano, bass and drums they do swinging renditions of tunes like Stand By Blues/ Timme's Blues/ Swingin' Softly/ The "C" Jam Blues/ Oh, Lady Be Good! and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Archeophone 5451 Masters Of The Clarinet ● CD $14.98
32 tracks, 76 min., recommended
Archeophone looks at some of the heavily recorded clarinetists from the "commercial acoustic recording era" (1889-1925), focussing on R.K. Franklin, Felix Jardello, August Stengler, George McNeice, Theodore Pusinelli, William Tuson, Louis Christie, and Anthony Giammatteo. The first dozen tracks were recorded in the 19th century (how often does one get to say that?), and sound quality, while perhaps remarkable considering the sources (brown-wax cylinders and the like), is a bit rough in the early going. But generally, the sound is solid and no barrier to enjoyment. In fact, the clarinet rose to prominence partly because if was relatively easy to record its range of sounds with something like accuracy. Tuson has the most cuts at 9 and would seem to have deserved the attention. As usual, the booklet houses an incredible wealth of information and photos. Nicely done, if not for everyone. (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 515 The Bands With The Bands ● CD $15.98
Many big bands followed a trend originally set by Tommy Dorsey which was to form a 'band-within-a band'. By using just a few members of their own orchestras big band names were able to create more spontaneous jazz through the musical freedom of a smaller group. This fine two CD features 50 tracks recorded between 1935 and 1958 by these smaller group. From the Benny Goodman band we hear the Benny Goodman Trio, Benny Goodman Quartet and Benny Goodman Sesxtet, from the Basie band we hear Count Basie Rhythm, Count Basie Quartet and Count Basie Octet as well as small group offshoots from Gene Krupa's Orch., Tommy Dorsey's Orch., Harry James Orch. and The Duke Ellington Orch. This collection of informal, enthusiastic performances puts forward some truly exciting gems some of which may have, and wrongly so, been forgotten. Excellent sound quality, informative notes by Don Kennedy and full discographical info. (FS)
COUNT BASIE ALL-STARS: Basie Boogie/ COUNT BASIE OCTET: One O'clock Jump/ COUNT BASIE QUARTET: Dupree Blues/ COUNT BASIE RHYTHM: Shoe Shine Boy/ Shine On, Harvest Moon/ Sugar/ TOMMY DORSEY CLAMBAKE SEVEN: Chinatown, My Chinatown/ Sheik Of Araby/ The Music Goes Round And Round/ Twilight In Turkey/ Vol Vistu Gaily Star/ ELLINGTON ALL-STARS: Duke's In Bed/ DUKE ELLINGTON'S MEN: Castle Rock/ Jeep's Blues/ BENNY GOODMAN & HIS SEXTET: A Smooth One/ BENNY GOODMAN QUARTET: Avalon/ Moonglow/ BENNY GOODMAN SEXTET: Ac/Dc Current/ Flying Home/ Good Enough To Keep/ BENNY GOODMAN TRIO: After You've Gone/ Body And Soul/ Lady Be Good/ Tiger Rag/ WOODY HERMAN CHIPS: Chip's Boogie-Woogie/ Fan It/ South/ Yardbird Shuffle/ WOODY HERMAN WOODCHOPPERS: Indian Boogie-Woogie/ HODGES & ELLINGTON MEN: Honey Hill/ HARRY JAMES & RHYTHM: Limehouse Blues/ Sleepy Time Gal/ The Man I Love/ HARRY JAMES & THE BOOGIE WOOGIE TRIO: Boo-Woo/ Jesse/ Woo-Woo/ GENE KRUPA JAZZ TRIO: Body And Soul/ Dark Eyes/ Hodge Podge/ How High The Moon/ Limehouse Blues/ Liza/ Stompin' At The Savoy/ Ten Richie Drive/ ARTIE SHAW & HIS GRAMERCY 5: Dr. Livingstone, I Presume?/ Grabtown Grapple/ Hop, Skip And Jump/ My Blue Heaven/ Scuttlebutt/ Special Delivery Stomp/ Summit Ridge Drive

 

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