NEWSLETTER #131
Jazz, Dance Bands, Vocalists
The Andrews Sisters -> Frank Winegar

THE ANDREWS SISTERS
CAB CALLOWAY
BENNY CARTER
DUKE ELLINGTON
LIONEL HAMPTON
ERSKINE HAWKINS
JACK HYLTON & HIS ORCHESTRA
MARIAN MCPARTLAND
GLENN MILLER & THE ANDREWS SISTERS
EDDIE MORTON
HOT LIPS PAGE
SONNY STITT
LENNIE TRISTANO
VARIOUS ARTISTS
FRANK WINEGAR
 


 

THE ANDREWS SISTERS Jasmine JASBOX 7-4 The Golden Age Of The Andrews Sisters ● CD $28.98
Four CD set with 101 tracks by one of the mot popular singing groups of the 40s. Includes duets with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Dick Haymes and others

 
CAB CALLOWAY Neatwork 2065 The Alternative Takes, 1930-1944 ● CD $13.98
25 tracks, 75 min, highly recommended As opposed to the other jazz greats in this series, Cabbell seems to have the fewest existing alternate takes, as they're all on this vol! Starting with '30-32 Brunswick sessions including Is That Religion?, which you might remember as the theme to Andy's Gang - "I got shoes, you got shoes, all God's chillun got shoes". Then there's 33-34 Victor sides including Minnie The Moocher & Jitter Bug, '38 Vocalion sides, '40-41 Okeh sides (A Chicken Ain't Nohin' But A Bird/ Who's Yahoodi) & finally V-Disc sessions from '43-44 (Diga Diga Doo/ Cruisin' With Cab). Musicians include his wonderful trumpeters Lamarr Wright, Shad Collins & Jonah Jones, + Foots Thomas, DePriest Wheeler, Ben Webster, & from '39-40 Dizzy Gillespie! (GM)

 
BENNY CARTER Neatwork 2063 More Alternative Takes In Chronological Order,1936-1937 ● CD $13.98
24 tracks, 71 min, highly recommended The latest volume, subtitled "More Alternate Takes In Chronological Order" finds Benny in Europe, recording in London for Vocalion with an Orch including such British greats as Tommy McQuater & Buddy Featherstonebaugh, with vocals by Elisabeth Welch & later with The Ramblers in Holland for Decca. All tunes are versions originally unreleased. Swingin' At The Maida Vale/ When Day Is Done/ Scandal In A Flat/ Gin & Jive/ Rambler's Rhythm., etc. (GM)

 
DUKE ELLINGTON Neatwork 2061 The Alternative Takes, Vol. 10: 1947-51 ● CD $13.98
23 tracks, 74 min, essential The orch is still going strong on these Columbia outtakes from either side of the '48 musicians strike. Still with plenty of great names including Ray Nance, Lawrence Brown, Tyree Glenn, Juan Tizol, Shorty Baker, & the wonderful sax section with Al Sears joining the eternal team of Johnny Hodges, Russel Procope, Jimmy Hamilton & Harry Carney. All the tunes are alternates, with some being rehearsal breakdowns. Starts with one of my fave Elling-tunes, Sultry Serenade, which became better known when it got lyrics as How Could You Do A Thing Like That To Me. There's a few outtakes from "Black Brown & Beige" including Al Hibbler singing I Like The Sunrise, also The Clothed Woman/ B Sharp Boston/ Smada, etc. (GM)

 
LIONEL HAMPTON Acrobat 4012 Jukebox Hits, 1943-1950 ● CD $12.98
The second volume in this series features 20 sides by the great vibraphonist Lionel Hampton and his band - Flying Home (two versions recorded for two labels - both versions hits!)/ Evil Gal Blues/ Hamp's Boogie Woogie/ Hey Bab Re Bop/ I Want To Be Loved (But Only By You)/ Midnight Sun/ The Hucklebuck/ Chicken Shack Boogie/ Turkey Hop, Pt.1/ Rag Mop, etc.

 
ERSKINE HAWKINS Acrobat 4011 Jukebox Hits, 1940-1950 ● CD $12.98
First in a new series that will offer the American Juke Box/ Harlem Hit Parade/ Race Record/ Rhythm & Blues chart hits by a selection of the biggest stars of the 1940's and 1950's swing, jazz, jump blues and R&B scenes. Most of these performers have never had their biggest hits. This one features 20 tracks from bands led by trumpeter Erskine Hawkins including Tuxedo Junction/ Dolemite/ Song Of The Wanderer/ Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams/ Don't Cry Baby/ Tippin' In/ Fifteen Years (And I'm Still Serving Time)/ I've Got A Right To Cry/ Hawk's Boogie/ Cornbread and more. Excellent sound and informative notes by Dave Penny but no discographical information.

 
JACK HYLTON & HIS ORCHESTRA Avid 741 Turn On The Heat ● CD $15.98
25 track collection of sides from the 30s by British dance band whose leader was referred to as "The English Paul Whiteman". Includes vocals by Sam Browne, The Swingettes and others.

 
MARIAN MCPARTLAND Savoy Jazz 17210 All My Life ● CD $16.98
21 tracks, 64 min, recommended The 1st Lady of Public Radio, back in her early 50s heyday as one of the top jazz pianists. This set has mostly unreleased alternate takes of trio sides including live performances from NY's famed Hickory House, where she held court for nearly a decade ('52-60) Though all the tracks here were recorded '52-53, there is a number of different rhythm combos here, including such great bassists as Max Wayne & Eddie Safransky, & drummers Joe Morello, Don Lamond, Mel Zelnick & Mousie Alexander. Includes Lullaby Of Birdland/ Strike Up The Band/ Limehouse Blues, a couple takes of Love For Sale & of course the title tune. (GM)

 
GLENN MILLER & THE ANDREWS SISTERS RCA 54306 The Chesterfield Broadcasts ● CD $18.98
2 discs, 39 tracks (35 tunes), highly recommended When Miller started Chesterfield Time on the radio, his co-stars were The Andrews Sisters. On three times a week, the Andrews' made 36 appearances - they would do one song per 15-minute show & performed 25 different songs. All 25 are represented here as the set duplicates the feel of the show, so there's some announcements, some Miller tunes which include his vocalists Ray Eberle, Marian Hutton & Tex Beneke. But it's The Sisters who are the stars of the show, with live versions of Hold Tight/ Oh Johnny Oh Johnny Oh/ (In Spain They) Say Si Si/ Well All Right, etc. (GM)

 
EDDIE MORTON Archeophone 5006 The Sound Of Vaudeville, Vol. 1 ● CD $14.98
28 tracks recorded between 1907 and 1910 by popular "Singing Cop" from Philadelphia who was a vaudeville headliner for 20 years. Includes extensively annotated 28 page booklet.

 
HOT LIPS PAGE Neatwork 2064 The Alternative Takes, 1937-1949 ● CD $13.98
21 tracks, 64 min, highly recommended. The majority of the tracks here are '44 sessions for Commodore & Savoy with musicians such as Lucky Thompson, Horse Collar Williams, Don Byas. How's this for an all-star lineup - the Savoy session has Vic Dickenson & Benny Morton on trombones & on saxes Ike Quebec, Ben Webster, Earl Bostic & Ben Webster, with Clyde Hart & Tiny Grimes in the rhythm! The earliest tracks are the most intriguing - there's a couple of mostly unknown sides with Lips with the Barney Rapp Orch from '37, Pete Johnson & His Boogie Woogie Boys (with Lips & Buster Smith) backing Big Joe Turner on Jump For Joy, & a scratchy sounding but incredible radio broadcast from Carnegie Hall of a duo of Lips & Fats Waller doing Blues In B Flat! Also on the other end there's a couple of Columbia alternates from '49, including the First Lips I knew & Loved/ I've Got An Uncle In Harlem that was on the famed Stars Of The Apollo compilation, & Lips & Pearl Bailey doing The Hucklebuck!

 
SONNY STITT Proper BOX 65 Sax O'Bebop ● CD $25.98
4 discs, 94 tracks, highly recommended. Sonny had the misfortune of coming up on alto at the same time as Charlie Parker, a time where every alto player doing bop was, fairly or unfairly, accused of ripping off Bird. Sonny independently came up with his style, so to get rid of comparisons, he switched to tenor. This set starts with Sonny's first recordings where he solos - as Bird's replacement in Dizzy Gillespie's sextet for Musicraft, with Milt Jackson, Al Haig, Ray Brown & Kenny Clarke. From there it was a series of sides for Savoy under their collective moniker The Bebop Boys which found him with the likes of Jackson, Clarke, Fats Navarro, Kenny Dorham & Bud Powell. After a few more bop sessions with Russell Jacquet & Bud Powell, Stitt made the change to tenor, & soon after had his breakthrough session with Gene Ammons - the two tenors blew it up on Blues Up & Down & stayed together for the next couple years. With 40-page booklet with full liner notes, sessionography, pics. (GM)

 
LENNIE TRISTANO Proper BOX 64 Intuition ● CD $25.98
4 discs,76 tracks, essential. It's always been difficult collecting Lennie - his early stuff was on a number of labels, some only available on import or on his own label which is only available via mail-order. This box collects most of his recordings from his first session as pianist in the Emmett Carls Sextet, with the tenor blowing leader & an all-star group with Shorty Rodgers, Earl Swope, Chubby Jackson & Don Lamond, up through a live gig in Toronto in '52 leading a quintet featuring 2 of his best disciples, Warne Marsh & Lee Konitz. In between there's the complete Keynote recordings of '46-47 including all alternate takes, his Victor solo sides of '47, trio sides for Baronet, Disc & Royale/Savoy, quintet for New Jazz/Prestige, sextet for Capitol, & a live Birdland gig from '49 with Marsh. With 40 page booklet. (GM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Archeophone 1003 Stomp And Swerve - American Music gets Hot ● CD $14.98
Issued to complement the book of the same name (available from Roots & Rhythm for $17.95) this features 27 tracks recorded between 1889 and 1925 featurng music that could be considered the harbinger of jazz and blues. Music that began to stray from the straight and narrow - often showing the influence of African-American stylings even though few African-American performers were being recorded.
HARRY C. BROWNE AND THE PEERLESS QUARTETTE: Carve Dat Possum/ ARTHUR COLLINS AND VESS L. OSSMAN: All Coons Look Alike To Me/ THE COLUMBIA ORCHESTRA: I Thought I Was A Winner, Or, I Don't Know, You Ain't So Warm/ JOSEPH P. CULLEN AND WILLIAM G. COLLINS: Twin Star March/ THE EDISON CONCERT BAND: El Capitan March/ EUROPE'S SOCIETY ORCHESTRA: Castle House Rag/ EARL FULLER'S FAMOUS JAZZ BAND: A Coon Band Contest/ W. G. HAENSCHEN AND T. T. SCHIFFER: Sunset Medley (a Bunch Of Blues/babes In The Woods)/ ART HICKMAN'S ORCHESTRA: Rose Room/ LANIN'S SOUTHERN SERENADERS: Shake It And Break It/ SILAS LEACHMAN: The Fortune Telling Man/ UNCLE DAVE MACON: Old Dan Tucker/ POLK MILLER AND THE OLD SOUTH QUARTETTE: Watermelon Party/ ORIGINAL DIXIELAND 'JASS' BAND: Livery Stable Blues/ VESS L. OSSMAN: Maple Leaf Rag/ OSSMAN-DUDLEY TRIO: St. Louis Tickle/ ARTHUR PRYOR'S BAND: A Coon Band Contest/ DAN W. QUINN: Ain't That A Shame/ MAMIE SMITH AND HER JAZZ HOUNDS: Crazy Blues/ SOUSA'S BAND: At A Georgia Camp Meeting/ LEN SPENCER: You've Been A Good Old Wagon But You Done Broke Down/ SOPHIE TUCKER: Some Of These Days/ VAN EPS BANJO ORCHESTRA: Sans Souci/ THE VERSATILE FOUR: Circus Day In Dixie/ BERT WILLIAMS: Nobody/ CLARENCE WILLIAMS' BLUE FIVE: Cake Walking Babies From Home/ THE ZON-O-PHONE CONCERT BAND: The Smiler (a Joplin Rag)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS ASV CDAJA 5466 Trombones On Parade ● CD $11.98
23 track collection exploring the use of the trombone in jazz from the 1920 to 1950s including performances by Lawrence Brown, George Chisholm, Glenn Miller, Jack Teagarden, Vic Dickenson, Jack Jenney, J.J. Johnson and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS EMI Gold 93374 Hits Of The Thirties ● CD $22.98
Inexpensive three CD set with 60 sides from the 30s from British dance bands and Vocalists. Includes Carroll Gibbons, Jimmy Messene, Turner Layton, Hutch, Jack Jackson & His Orch., Oscar Rabin & His Band, Al Bowlly, Judy Shirley, Joe Daniels, Harry Roy, Elsie Carlisle, Valaida, Nat Gonella & His Georgians, Joe Loss, Sam Browne, Geraldo, Frances Day and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Saga Jazz 66473 Jazzin' The Classics, Vol. 1 ● CD $13.98
Delightful 24 track collection showing what happened when classical music gets in the hands of jazz musicians including Eddie South tackling Bach, John Kirby doing Beethoven, Charlie Barnet assaulting George Bizet, John Kirby choppin' up Chopin, Artie Shaw popularizing Debussy, Art Tatum putting his hand to Dvorak and more. The liner notes by Philippe Baudoin are a riot.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Savoy Jazz 17191 Birth Of Bebop ● CD $12.98
16 tracks, 49 min, essential Being an active label in the 40s along with being home to Charlie Parker, Savoy attracted a lot of seminal bebop players. This set starts with an incredible live version of the tune Be-Bop done by Parker at the Royal Roost in 49, What follows is a Who's Who of Bop, recorded in '44-49 - Leaders include Bird, Diz, Miles, Don Byas, Stan Getz, Serge Chaloff, Fats Navarro, Dexter Gordon, Boyd Raeburn, with the standards of Bop - How High The Moon/ Al-Leu-Cha/ Wee Dot/ Opus De Bop/ A Night In Tunisia/ Hot House/ Little Willie Leaps, etc. Liner notes by Ira Gitler. (GM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Savoy Jazz 17197 First Steps ● CD $12.98
19 tracks, 54 min, essential After the end of the 1st recording ban in '44, NY's Savoy label began finding & recording jazz artists who would change the face of music. Here's some of the earliest, if not the first, recordings of such greats as Charlie Parker, playing alto behind leader Tiny Grimes (Red Cross), Dizzy Gillespie with Bird on Shaw 'Nuff, Miles Davis's 1st leader date, with Parker on tenor (Half Nelson). Also James Moody, with Ray Brown's All-Stars (Moody Speaks), Sonny Rollins with JJ Johnson (Bee Jay), & other early cuts by Don Byas, Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, George Shearing, Fats Navaro, etc. Unfortunately, no complete personnel listings, but informative liner notes from Billy Vera. (GM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Savoy Jazz 17287 Giants Of Jazz - Jazz Singers ● CD $9.98
12 tracks, 44 min, excellent Only 2 things stop this from being essential - short playing time & NO liner notes or discographical info! Most of this stuff is obviously very vintage. However, Jon Hendricks & Friends doing Freddy Freeloader includes Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin & George Benson joining in on vocalese! Includes Billy Eckstine - I Love Rhythm On A Riff, Eddie Jefferson - The Birdland Story, Sarah Vaughn - I'll Wait & Pray, Jackie Cain & Roy Kral - 'Deed I Do, Jimmy Ruffing - Jimmy's Round The Clock. (GM)

 
FRANK WINEGAR Jazz Oracle 8040 Edison Hot Dance Obscurities Vol. 1 ● CD $15.98
Hot dance music featuring Frank Winegar's Pennsylvania Boys and B.A. Rolfe and His Palais D'Or Orchestra on tracks from 1927-1928

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