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Bulletin - May/ June 2010
Jazz, Dance Bands & Vocalists
Ambrose & His Orchestra  -> Sophie Tucker

 

 

NEW COMPACT DISCS

 
AMBROSE & HIS ORCHESTRA Retrieval 79057 The Hottest Of The Decca "M" Series, 1929-1930 ● CD $10.98
24 tracks, recommended
Bert Ambrose was born in England and emigrated to the U.S. as a young man and started playing professionally eventually formin his own band. In 1922 he returned to England bringing with him several American musicians, including Danny Polo and Sylvester Ahola, to start Britain's finest and most popular dance band through the 1940s. This set has 24 tunes from the group recorded for Decca in 1929 and 1930 which also featured Ted Heath on trombone, with arrangements by Lew Stone and Bert Read. Includes vocals by Phil Neely and Lou Abelardo. Tunes include A Precious Little Thing Called Love/ Do Something/ Breakaway/ I'm Bringing A Red, Red Rose/ L-O-V-E/ Painting The Clouds With Sunshine/ Piccolo Pete/ The One I Love Can't Be BOthered With Me, etc. Superb sound and in depth notes. (FS)

 
THE NAT KING COLE TRIO JSP JSPCD 963 Rare Radio Transcriptions ● CD $28.98
Four CD set featuring 106 sides from rarely heard radio transcriptions from between 1938 and 1945 - the early years of Cole's prolific and productive career. This is the period when Cole was leader of a swinging small combo as well as being vocalist, arranger and one of the finest jazz pianists of the era.
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

 
IRVING KAUFMAN Archeophone 5504 Irving Kaufman Anthology - The Last Recording Pioneer ● CD $14.98
26 tracks, 76 min., recommended
Kaufman recorded thousands of songs using more than 100 pseudonyms, including Confidential Charley, Ivan Terribilsky, Mr. X, Whispering Swain, Sleepy Ward, and Carlos Perez. And though his recording career lasted 60 years, his fame came in the 1910s and 1920s. An early proponent of jazz, his great Listen To That Dixie Band, featured here, was originally cut on an Edison cylinder. And fans of early jazz records are likely to recognize Kaufman's voice, if not his name, because he also recorded hundreds of songs as an uncredited singer for many a famous band. This disc collects some of his finest recordings, including Hail! Hail! The Gang's All Here, (1917) which he popularized; Sweet Lady--Medley (1921), featuring the legendary Eubie Blake; Yes Sir, That's My Baby (1925); Are You From Dixie? ('Cause I'm From Dixie Too) (1915) with Billy Murray; Mr. Jazz Himself (1917); Yes! We Have No Bananas (1923) recorded with Bailey's Lucky Seven and many others. An excellent introduction to one of the great jazz tenors of his day. And the sound is remarkably good, all things considered. (JC)

 
DICK MCDONOUGH & HIS ORCH. Vintage Music Productions 291 1936-1937 In Discographical Order ● CD $14.98
Best known as a pioneering jazz guitarist this CD presents the first of two CDs devoted to the recordings of the short lived band he led in 1936 and 1937. Although his superb guitar work is occasionally heard the focus is mostly on the ensemble playing with a band that included Bunny Berigan, Toots Mondello, Claude Thornhill, Artie Shaw, Adrian Rollini and others with vocals by Chick Bullock, Buddy Clark and others. Tunes include Take My Heart/ On The Beach At Bali Bali/ Dear Old Southland/ It Ain't Right/ Where The Moon Hangs High/ Afterglow, etc.

 
LES PAUL & FRIENDS Fantastic Voyage 035 How High The Moon - Hits & Rarities From The Wizard Of ● CD $22.98
3CD set with 76 tracks. What more is there to said about Les Paul? The man who has influenced countless musicians for decades, needs no introduction for guitar aficionados. This set contains tracks chronicling the years 1937 to 1958, and features Paul solo, with then-wife and partner Mary Ford, the Les Paul Trio, and with, variously, Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, the Delta Rhythm Boys, Nat "King" Cole, and Helen Forrest. Although discs one and two contains his well known solo recordings and work with Ford, it's disc three that will no doubt be of interest to collectors: his recordings with the Trio and session playing behind big stars of the time (1937 to 1947) are tantalizing listening.
THE ANDREWS SISTERS WITH LES PAUL: Rumors Are Flying/ BING CROSBY WITH LES PAUL TRIO: It's Been A Long, Long Time/ THE DELTA RHYTHM BOYS WITH LES PAUL TRIO: What Would It Take?/ HELEN FORREST WITH LES PAUL TRIO: Baby, What You Do For Me/ LES PAUL: Brazil/ Caravan [multi-tracked version]/ Deep In The Blues/ Goofus/ Hip-Billy Boogie/ Jazz Me Blues/ Jingle Bells/ Josephine/ Lady Of Spain/ Little Rock Getaway/ Lover/ Mammyís Boogie/ Mandolino/ Meet Mister Callaghan/ Moritat (Theme from Three Penny Opera)/ Nola/ Sleep (Fred Waringís theme song)/ The Carioca/ The Kangaroo/ The Swiss Woodpecker/ What Is This Thing Called Love?/ Whispering/ Out Of Nowhere/ Amukiriki (The Lord Willing)/ Bye Bye Blues/ Cinco Robles (Five Oaks)/ Donícha Hear Them Bells/ How High The Moon/ Hummingbird/ I Really Donít Want To Know/ I Wish I Had Never Seen Sunshine/ In The Good Old Summertime/ Iím A Fool To Care/ Iím Confessiní (That I Love You)/ Iím Sitting On Top Of The World/ Johnny (Is The Boy For Me)/ Just One More Chance/ Magic Melody/ Mockin' Bird Hill/ Mr Sandman/ My Babyís Coming Home/ Nuevo Laredo/ Put A Ring On My Finger/ Smoke Rings/ Song In Blue/ Take Me In Your Arms And Hold Me/ Tennessee Waltz/ Texas Lady/ Thatís What I Like/ The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise/ Tiger Rag/ Vaya Con Dios/ Whither Thou Goest/ Deep Elem Blues/ Just Because/ At Sundown/ Begin The Beguine/ Blue Skies/ Caravan [earlier Decca version]/ Coquette/ Danger, Men At Work/ Dark Eyes/ Dream Dust/ Guitar Boogie/ Hand Picked/ I Found A New Baby/ Melodic Meal/ Short Circuit/ Steel Guitar Rag/ Subterfuge/ Body And Soul/ Rosetta

 
DON REDMAN Hep 1004 Doin' The New Low Down ● CD $15.98
Second CD reissuing Redman's Brunswick sides chronologically. Redman's Orch., one of the finest of the era, was formed by Don after leaving McKinney's Cotton Pickers in early '31, and includes most of Horace Henderson's Collegians. Musicians in this set inc. such greats as Redman (as & vcl), Henderson (pno), Shirley Clay (tpt), Benny Morton (tmb), Sidney De Paris (tpt) and others This set covers June 17, 1932 - January 8, 1934 including tunes like Chant Of The Weed/ Reefer Man/ How Ya Feelin'/ How Can I Hi De Hi (When I Feel So Low De Do)/ I Won't Tell/ Lazy Bones, etc. Superbly remastered by John R.T. davis and with extensive notes and full discographcal info.

 
STUFF SMITH Hep 1085 The Complete 1936-1937 Sessions ● CD $15.98
25 tracks, very highly recommended
Fabulous collection of small group swing featuring the great jazz violinist Hezekiah Leroy Gordon "Stuff " Smith. Paul Whiteman named Smith "The New King Of Swing" and he was greatly admired for his unique improvisational abilities by classical violinists Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz, who both played informally with him. The first 22 tracks feature all his commercial recordings made in 1936 and 1937 including a couple of alternate takes recorded with his Onyx Club Boys. Trumpeter Jonah Jones and drummer Cozy Cole are present on all sessions and other musicians that appear include pianist James Sherman, clarinetist Buster Bailey and others. The final three tracks feature the same group on tunes from radio transcriptions. In addition to his spectacular fiddle playing Stuff was also a great gravelly jive vocalist who does some occasional scatting. Includes I'se A Muggin/ I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket/ After You've Gone/ You'se A Viper/ It Ain't Right/ Here Comes The Man With The Jive/ Onyx Club Spree, etc. Sound quality is superb and the 16 page booklet has extensive notes by Anthony Barnett who authored a two volume bio-discography of Smith plus some great photos and full discographical info. (FS)

 
SOPHIE TUCKER Sepia 1145 Cabaret Days ● CD $15.98
24 tracks, recommended
Some time ago we listed an incredible Archeophone release of Sophie Tucker's earliest recordings made between 1910 and 1922. This collection features 23 songs from the latter part of her career (1953-55) and find her style still brash, bawdy and jazzy. 10 of the songs are from the 1953 album "Cabaret Days" featuring her on a selection of pop standards with a Dixieland style band and, unfortunately, dubbed in audience. The rest of this disc is much more interesting finding her mostly doing songs written for her including her classic Mister Siegel partly sung in Yiddish (a favorite of my mother's) plus Make Him Say Please/ No One Man Is Ever Going To Worry Me/ Mr. Fink/ You Can't Deep Freeze A Red Hot Mama and others. The disc ends with two versions of her "theme song" Some Of These Days - the first is a live performance from 1957 at a testimonial dinner for Jimmy Durante followed by the original 1911 cylinder recording. Includes 16 page booklet with notes and lots of photos of Sophie in her latter years. (FS)

 

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