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NEWSLETTER #133
Jazz, Dance Bands & Vocalists
Chet Baker ->
Lester Young
 

 

 
CHET BAKER Proper Intro 2008 A Proper Introduction To Chet Baker ● CD $9.98
25 tracks, 76 min, excellent
This set is a continuation of Proper's "Young Mulligan" Gerry Mulligan set. As the years go on, more tracks fall under the UK's public domain - these tracks are all from '53, starting out with 5 tracks from 3 sessions with Baker as trumpet in Mulligan's landmark piano-less quartet. However, in 6/53 Mulligan was jailed for narcotics, so Chet formed his 1st group as leader, with Russ Freeman on piano. The remaining tracks are Chet's 1st recordings on his own, done for Pacific Jazz & include his first recordings as a vocalist (I Fall In Love Too Easily/ The Thrill Is Gone) along with such classics as This Time The Dream's On Me/ Easy To Love/ All The Things You Are, etc. Liner notes from Joop Visser (GM)

 
BENNY CARTER Proper BOX 68 The Music Master ● CD $25.98
Alto saxist Benny Carter had a long and productive career. This four CD set with 88 tracks recorded between 1930 and 1952 includes his work with small groups as well as big bands and include performing with Teddy Wilson, Coleman Hawkins, Oscar Peterson, Dexter Gordon and others. Includes 52 page illustrated booklet with extensive notes and discographical information.

 
NAT "KING" COLE Proper PAIRS 136 Unforgettable ● CD $12.98
2 discs, 46 tracks, essential
This is a follow-up to "Cool Cole" - Proper Box 31. Where it seems that all the Cole re-issues are either Trio sides or his greatest hits, this set is a bit different. Starting out with a March 1950 transcription set by the trio that was not on the box, next up is his early Capitol sides as a crooner, starting with his huge hits Mona Lisa & Unforgettable, plus such other seldom anthologized tracks as Destination Moon/ Don't Let Your Eyes Go Shopping For Your Heart and A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet. Even better are the original tunes bringing back Nat to a straight instrumental jazz bag, though the title of the original LP, "Penthouse Serenade", does let you know this is more uptown than down & dirty. With slipcase & full liner notes & discography. (GM)

 
BING CROSBY Acrobat 3002 Centenniel Collection ● CD $13.98
2 CDs, 50 tracks , recommended
The 100th anniversary of his birth make Bing a prime target for numerous excellent & low-cost reissues. This set covers the Bing solo sides 1932-52, so there's no early jazz or Paul Whiteman sides. Starting with Can't We Talk It Over, this set includes a lot of early 30s tunes rarely reissued such as Snuggled On Your Shoulder/ Waltzing In A Dream & Lazy Day, along with all the pre-53 hits. (GM)
BING CROSBY: Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive(with The Andrews Sisters)/ Bali Hai (from "south Pacific")/ Blue Prelude/ Can't We Talk It Over/ Chattanooga Shoeshine Boy/ Dear Hearts & Gentle People/ Don't Fence Me In (from "hollywood Canteen")(with The Andrews Sisters)/ Far Away Places/ Galway Bar/ Give Me A Heart To Sing To/ Gone Fishin'/ Have I Told You Lately That I Love You(with The Andrews Sisters)/ Home On The Range/ I'm An Old Cowhand/ I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams (from "sing, You Sinners")/ I've Got To Sing A Torch Song/ In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening (from "here Comes The Groom")/ Isle Of Innisfree (from "the Quiet Man")/ It's Been A Long Long Time2/ Lazy Day/ Love Me Tonight/ Marshmallow World/ Moonlight Becomes You (from "the Road To Morocco")/ Mule Train (with Perry Botkin's String Band)/ My Love/ Now Is The Hour/ Only Forever (from "rhythm On The River")/ Play A Simple Melody (from "watch Your Step")/ Quicksilver(with The Andrews Sisters)/ Red Sails In The Sunset/ Riders In The Sky (from "riders In The Sky")/ Sam's Song/ Shine/ Silent Night/ Silver Bells (from "the Lemondrop Kid")/ Snuggled On Your Shoulder/ Some Enchanted Evening (from "south Pacific")/ Some Of These Days/ Sparrow In The Tree Top(with The Andrews Sisters)/ Street Of Dreams/ Sunday, Monday Or Always (from "dixie")/ Too Marvellous For Words (from "ready, Willing And Able")/ Waltzing In A Dream/ What's New/ When You And I Were Young Maggie Blues/ White Christmas/ You Are My Sunshine/ You've Got Me Crying Again/ Young & Healthy/ Zing A Little Zong (from "just For You")

 
THE DE CASTRO SISTERS Bear Family BCD 16381 Teach Me Tonight ● CD $21.98
31 tracks recorded between 1954 & '58 by Cuban-born vocal trio backed by the orchestra of Lloyd "Skip" Martin. Includes their hits Boom Boom Boomerang/ Too Late Now, the title song and more.

 
ROY ELDRIDGE Proper BOX 69 Little Jazz Trumpet Giant ● CD $25.98
4 discs, 97 tracks, essential
Outstanding box set showcasing the trumpeter often called the most important trumpeter between Louis Armstrong & Dizzy Gillespie? Diz was one of his most vocal champions! Starting off with a rare '35 Volcaion side with the Teddy Hill Orch (the wonderfully titled (Lookie Lookie Lookie) Here Comes Cookie), Little Jazz then moves to some small all-star groups that were putting out records for juke boxes, including those led by Teddy Wilson, including backing Billie Holiday on What A Little Moonlight Can Do, with the Fletcher Henderson Orch & with the Fletcher Henderson Chocololate Bunnies & finally Gene Krupa, where he would really make his name . There's some small band Krupa sides with Benny Goodman including I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music, then his own big band sides for Vocalion before moving on to Krupa's big band with Anita O'Day & renown in such classics as Let Me Off Uptown & Rockin' Chair. In between there's also some wonderful live radio shots. From Krupa was his again renowned stint with Artie Shaw including the track named after his own nickname - Little Jazz. And that's only the first two discs! Disc 3 concentrates on his European recordings - 1950 recordings done in Paris for Vogue & in 1951 in Stockholm for Metronome. The final disc mostly has his '51-53 Mercury sides. And of course there's the multiple Metronome All-Star sessions throughout. A 48 page booklet puts it all together. (GM)

 
DUKE ELLINGTON Saga Jazz 66460 Duke's Singing Ladies ● CD $13.98
A slightly different look at the music of the great Duke Ellington - this one features 24 tracks recorded between 1928 and 1952 featuring vocals by some of the many fine female singers who worked with him. Includes Ivy Anderson, Betty Roche, Marie Ellington, Dolores Parker, Yvonne Lanauze, Anita O'Day, Chubby Kemp, Ethel Waters, Evelyn Preer. Adelaide Hall, Sue Mitchell, Mary McHugh and others. Excellent sound and 12 page booklet has brief notes and full discographical info.

 
LT. JAMES EUROPE'S 369TH U.S. INFANTRY BAND Memphis Archives 7020 "Hell Fighter's" Band ● CD $14.98
Available again. 24 tracks recorded in 1919 featuring one of the most important early black bandleaders James Reese Europe. He organized and led the all-black 369th U.S. Infantry "Hell Fighters" Band during World War I. They fought in the trenches and introduced an early form of jazz to the Continent. Tragically, Europe was murdered shortly after these recordings. Several tracks feature the vocals of Noble Sissle. Includes That Moanin' Trombone/ On Patrol In No Man's Land/ All Of No Man's Land Is Ours/ Dixie Is Dixie Once More/ St. Louis Blues/ Ja Da/ Missouri Blues/ Russian Rag/ Clarinet Marmalade/ Mirandy and others.Sound quality is excellent and set comes with 44 page booklet with extensive notes on Europe's life and career as well information on the members of the band and a discussion of each performances. It also includes photos and other illustrations along with excerpts from newspaper reports of the time.

 
GEORGE FORMBY JSP JSPCD 1901 England's Famed Clown Prince Of Song ● CD $28.98
Lancashire lad George Formby was one of Britain's most popular musical entertainers during the 30s and 40s accompanying his engaging voice with a ukulele banjo and singing witty, often self composed, songs - some with a risque quality. This five CD box set is the first of two to reissue all of Formby's recordings and features 125 songs recorded between 1926 and 1950 including several previously unissued. Remastering is by the acclaimed Ted Kendall working from the best available original 78s.

 
CURTIS FULLER'S QUINTET Savoy Jazz 17186 Blues-ette ● CD $11.98
8 tracks, 47 min, highly recommended Reissue of Savoy 13006 from '59 with 2 bonus alternate takes. This early stereo recording is a wonderful quintet date from 5/25/59 with Fuller (tb), Golson (ts), Tommy Flannigan (p), Jimmy Garrison (b) & Al Harewood(d). Originals by both Golson & Fuller along with a couple covers - I especially like their version of Charlie Shaver's Undecided. Soon, with the addition of Art Farmer on trumpet, this turned into the famed Jazztet. Includes alternates of Five Spot After Dark & the title tune originally only issued in Japan. (GM)

 
BENNY GOODMAN Proper Intro 2017 A Proper Introduction To Benny Goodman & His Orchestra ● CD $9.98
23 tracks, 78 min, highly recommended BG at his peak, 1934-41, with emphasis on his late-30s glory years with Harry James & Gene Krupa in the band (note that this is the Orch., so no trio or quartet sides). The hits are all here - King Porter Stomp/ Stompin' At The Savoy/ Sing Sing Sing/ Roll 'Em/ Stealin' Apples/ Ridin' High/ Don't Be That Way - a nice, inexpensive way to get a taste of Benny! With liner notes & discographical info. (GM)

 
LIONEL HAMPTON Acrobat 4012 Jukebox Hits, 1943-1950 ● CD $12.98
20 tracks, 65 min, essential
This survey covers tracks by the great Hamp orch that landed in the new Black charts - The Harlem Hit Parade & Hot R&B charts, along with a few that were regional hits. Starting off with what is often called the 1st Rock'n'Roll record, the '42 Decca version of Flyin' Home with Illinois Jacquet on blazing tenor, then followed by RCA Bluebird's re-release (& much more sedate) of the original '40 version with swing vet Jerry Jerome on tenor. After a one-off of Evil Gal Blues (which introduced Dinah Washington & Arnett Cobb to the world) done for Keynote during the recording ban, Hamp was solidly back on Decca with many of his hits being covers of R&B tunes including Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee/ Chicken Shack/ The Hucklebuck/ Blow Top Blues & Everybody's Somebody's Fool, with such greats as Milt Buckner, Al Grey, Gene Morris, even Albert Ammons briefly on piano, & vocals by Hamp, Betty "Bebop" Carter, Little Jimmy Scott & The Hamptones. (GM)

 
ERSKINE HAWKINS Acrobat 4011 Jukebox Hits, 1940-1950 ● CD $12.98
20 tracks,65 min, recommended
20 tracks recorded for RCA Victor/Bluebird that made the charts. Though there's a lot from the R&B chart, more than half the tunes actually had high placing on the Pop charts! Starting with their signature tune Tuxedo Junction, which was turned into a massive hit by Glenn Miller using the exact same arrangement, this includes such greats as Whispering Grass/ Dolemite/ Five O'Clock Whistle/ Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams/ Cherry, along with a final hit cover of Tennessee Waltz done for Coral. Featuring the Bascomb brothers, Dud on trumpet & Paul on tenor. (GM)

 
EDDIE JEFFERSON Savoy Jazz 17277 Vocal Ease ● CD $9.98
13 tracks, 64 min, highly recommended
You usually think of vocalese (writing lyrics to great jazz solos & singing them) as having a hey-day in the 50s & 60s & kinda petering out after that (except of course for The Manhattan Transfer). Jefferson is considered the Godfather of Vocalese & this set has him practicing his art into the mid-70s. This compilation, which originally came out in '99 on the defunct 32 Jazz label, collects the best of the 3 LPs he made for Muse '74-77. Backed by such great musicians as Joe Newman, Sam Jones, Richie Cole, Eric Kloss & Rick Laird Jefferson gives words to such things as Miles Davis' Bitches' Brew & So What, Eddie Haris' Freedom Jazz Dance, Cannonball Adderly's Things Are Gonna Get Better, even new words to Sly's Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin) as a salute to jazz masters, as well as more traditional fodder - Ornithology/ Night In Tunisia/ Billie's Bounce. (GM)

 
SPIKE JONES & HIS CITY SLICKERS Proper Intro 2047 A Proper Introduction To Spike Jones ● CD $9.98
23 tracks, 69 mins, highly recommended
Budget priced collection of 23 tracks from the immortal master of musical mayhem recorded between 1945 and 1953 with vocals from the likes of Gene Walla Bell, The Boys In The Back Room, Sir Frederick Gas, Homer & Jethro, Doodles Weaver and others. Includes Minka/ Knock Knock (Who's There?)/ Rum Tee Diddle Dee Yump/ Chinese Muletrain/ So' Elp Me/ Tennessee Waltz (must be heard to be believed)/Dance Of The Hours/ What Is A Disk Jockey?/ Baby Buggie Boogie/ I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus/ Lula Had A Baby/ Dragnet/ I'm Getting Sentimental Over You, etc. It also includes I Went To Your Wedding - an utterly crazed parody of Hank Snow's song of the same name that I had as a 78 in the early 50s in England - after not hearing it for more than 40 years it still cracks me up. No duplication with Proper's previously issued box set of Jones (Proper BOX 5 - "Strictly For Music Lovers" - 4 CDs, 95 tracks - $25.98). Excellent sound and 8 page booklet with informative notes & discographical information. (FS)

 
THE MILLS BROTHERS Fabulous 252 London Sessions, 1934-1939 ● CD $7.98
The Mills Brothers had a big following in England and recorded a number of sessions there. This set features 14 songs recorded in England between 1934 and 1939. The brothers are in fine form on a collection of mostly old favorites along with a couple specifically from the British audience - Lazybones/ Swing Is The Thing/ London Rhythm/ Caravan/ Georgia On My Mind/ Stardusr/ Organ Grinder's Swing, etc. Sound quality is fine.

 
CHARLES MINGUS Savoy Jazz 17189 Jazz Composers Workshop ● CD $11.98
10 tracks, 45 min, essential
Reissue of Savoy 1113 from '56 - unfortunately this is missing that LPs wonderful cover, but does include a bonus Body & Soul. This LP was a bit of an anomaly for Chaz - this is more what was called 3rd Stream music, with a heavy influence of modern classical music - there may be more Stravinsky in some tunes here than Duke or Satchmo. There's 2 different sessions here - a quintet from Halloween '54 with future Miles producer Teo Macero on tenor & John LaPorta on clarinet, with Mingus originals & Tea For Two, and a 1/30/55 quartet with Macero as well as pianist Wally Cirullo who wrote all 4 pieces here. Includes Smog LA/ Rose Geranium, etc. (GM)

 
THELONIOUS MONK Proper Intro 2027 A Proper Introduction To Thelonious Monk-Trinkle Tinkle ● CD $9.98
15 tracks, 56 min, excellent
Not an "introduction", but a continuation of Monk tunes that have gone into public domain in the UK since Proper's Monk 2-fer from 2002, ("Criss Cross" - Proper Pairs 114 - $12.98). This starts off with 4 tracks from his final Blue Note session from 5/52, a great sextet session with Kenny Dorham, Lou Donaldson & Lucky Thompson in the front line (Skippy/ Caroina Moon), then the final two '52 sessions which were his first with Prestige, trio sessions include such classics as Bemsha Swing/ Little Rootie Tootie/ Monk's Dream & the title track. Finally there's the infamous Friday The 13th session from '53, also from Prestige, that had Sonny Rollins &, as a last minute addition, Julius Watkins on French horn, & include the track Friday The 13th. (GM)

 
CHARLIE PARKER Savoy Jazz 17188 Newly Discovered Sides By The Immortal Charlie Parker ● CD $11.98
10 tracks, 46 min, excellent
Reissue of Savoy 12186, another early 12". These WERE newly discovered when this 1st came out (early 60s?), but have since been reissued many times. These are wonderful tracks from the Royal Roost broadcasts of '48,& '49, with a core group of Al Haig(p), Tommy Potter (b) & Max Roach (d). Miles Davis is on trumpet on the '48 sides, including Groovin' High & Hot House, & Kenny Dorham is on trumpet, along with Milt Jackson (vbs) & Lucky Thompson (ts) on the '49 sides including Slow Boat To China & A Night In Tunisia. As these are broadcasts, the combo gets to stretch out longer than on the 3 minute restraint of the 78. There's even 4 bonus tracks from these broadcasts including East Of The Sun/ Out Of Nowhere & Be-Bop. (GM)

 
CHARLIE PARKER Savoy Jazz 17190 The Immortal Charlie Parker ● CD $11.98
16 tracks, 56 min, excellent CD issue of Savoy 12001, one of the first Bird 12"ers & the 1st Charlie Parker LP I ever bought/heard. Starting with Charlie's earliest for Savoy, as sideman for guitarist Tiny Grimes from Sept '44, this goes on to the wonderful Now's The Time with Miles Davis on trumpet & Dizzy Gillespie on piano! From there is 3 New York sessions from May & Aug '47 & Sept '48, all with Miles, along with Max Roach on drums & either Bud Powell or John Lewis on piano as they work through such classics as Donna Lee/ Little Willie Leaps/ Chasin' The Bird/ Cheryl & more, many heard with incomplete & alternate takes. (GM)

 
BEN POLLACK Jazz Oracle 8042 Volume 6: The Whoopee Makers ● CD $15.98
Sixth of seven volumes devoted to the complete recordings of Ben Pollack's Orchestra between 1926 and 1933 (excluding the Hotsy Totsy Gang sessions). This is basically the Ben Pollack band without Pollack featuring Jack Teagarden, Jimmy Dorsey, Irving Mills, Jimmy McOartland, Benny Goodman and others.

 
THE RED HEADS Jazz Oracle 8043 REcorded In New York, 1925-1927 ● CD $44.98
Three CD set with 74 tracks featuring groups with the pairing of Red Nichols on trumpet and Miff Mole on trombone with various other musicians and issued under various names. It also features accompaniments to vocalist and ukuulele player Cliff Edwards where they were part of His Hot Combination and vocalist Jay C. Flippen where they were members of His Gang. Includes all known alternate takes. Includes 32 page illustrated booklet with extensive notes by Reide Kaiser and full dicographical info.

 
DJANGO REINHARDT JSP JSPCD 919 Django In Rome, 1949/50 ● CD $28.98
Four CD set with 90 tracks newly remastered by Ted Kendall.

 
THE SIX BROWN BROTHERS Archeophone 6002 Those Moaning Saxophones ● CD $14.98
26 tracks, 78 min, highly recommended In the 19-teens a saxophone craze hit the US - Tom Brown was one of the 1st to turn it to popular music. With his brothers (yes, there were 6 Brown Brothers!) Tom hit on the idea of a sax sextet (initially quintet) led by Tom & brother Fred on alsos. The group was active throughout the teens & recorded for both Columbia & Victor - this set covers 1911-27, with many early versions of rags, traditional tunes & hits of the day, many in medley form (anyone who's ever seen a cartoon will recognize The Chicken Reel, heard here in medleys The Chicken & The Coon, & The Chicken Reel Comedy Medley. Also includes For Me & My Gal/ Darktown Strutters Ball/ I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles, & a fascinating 9+ min soundtrack to a Vitophone short that includes everything from A Little Spanish Town to How Dry I Am, & even some original tunres like That Moaning Saxophone Rag. 22 page booklet with exhaustive history, rare photos (LOVE the clown suits!) & full discographical info. (GM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Archeophone 9009 The Phonographic Yearbook - 1908 ● CD $14.98
26 of the most popular songs and tunes of 1908 including tracks by Alan Turner, Collins & Harland, The Haydn Quartet, Ada Jones & Billy Murray, The Peerless Quartet, Billy Murray, Eddie Morton, Henry Burr, Arthur Collins, The Victor Orchestra, Collins & Harlan and others. Lovingly remastered it includes 24 page illustrated booklet with extensive notes.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fremeaux FA 5092 Swing Manouche 1933-2003 ● CD $25.98
2 CDS, 36 tracks, highly recommended 2 CD sampler of Manouche (Gypsy) swing jazz issued to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Django Reinhardt's passing. Disk 1 is drawn from recordings reissued by the Fremeaux label spanning the career of Django and his contemporaries (1933-1947). Disc 2 samples the catalog of La Lichere, which features recordings by artists working in the Manouche tradition (1989-2003). Disc 1 is a well-chosen precis of seminal recordings, on the guitar side (Django, Oscar Aleman) and contemporaneous accordion jazz/musette swing (Gus Viseur, Tony Murena). Disc 2 has music that brings in some intriguing, wide-ranging gypsy influences, like Turkish percussionist Okay Temiz's Fis Fis Tsiganes (percussion, violin, clarinet, and kanun); cool addition of cello (artist Jean-Charles Capon) to Gypsy guitar (Esconde/Capon/Boussaguet Acousic Trio) and accordion (Galliano/Capon); and a couple of tracks by Les Primitifs du Futur, the group that includes expatriate arbiter of cool Robert Crumb. Evocative stuff -- so much so that I can't recommend this to anyone who's trying to quit smoking, but for the rest of us, this can be a great introduction to Gypsy jazz or a nice listenable slice of music for Djangophiles. Detailed notes in booklet, in French with an abridged English translation. (NSN)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS IAJRC 1017 Guitar Rarities, Volume 1 ● CD $16.98
A 23 track collection devoted to jazz guitar featuring some of the fine but lesser known performers - both British & American. Recordings range from 1934 to 1946 and includes Albert Harris (in duets with Bert Thomas and Ivor Mairants), Harry Bluestone & Bobby Sherwood (violin & guitar duets), Ivor Mairants (on electric guitar with Geraldo & His Swing Orchestra), George M. Smith (with small group) and Frank Victor & Harry Volpe (guitar duets). Excellent sound and set comes with 16 page illustarted booklet with extensive notes by guitarist Marty Grosz and full discographical info.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ocium 045 Jam Session Two - Let's Split ● CD $14.98
4 tracks + multimedia, 72 min, highly recommended Reissue of two very rare jam session LPs, originally released in '53. The 1st 2 tracks came out as Jam Session #5 -Clef 2405. This all-star octet, based on the JATP stars - Roy Eldridge, Johnny Hodges, Illinois Jacquet, Flip Phillips, Lionel Hampton, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown & Buddy Rich, romp though a fast paced 13 minute Jamming For Cleff & a loping 22 minute Rose Room. A totally different octet, based on the Basie band - Joe Newman, Bennie Green, Paul Quinichette, Frank Foster, Johnny Smith, Eddie Jones & Kenny Clerked a 22 minute Tenderly & the 14 minute title tune, originally issued as Jazz Studio #1-Decca 8058. (GM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Savoy Jazz 17184 All That Jive ● CD $12.98
18 tracks, 50 min, recommended Jive & vocalese from the Savoy vaults 1945-53, all with new 24 bit remastering. The Jive comes from such greats as Billy Eckstine (Oop-Bop-Sh'bam), Slim Gaillard & His ORch (Flat Foot Floogie), Joe Carroll with Dizzy Gillespie (Oo-Shoo-Be-Doo-Bee) & Babs Gonzalez(Get Out That Bed). Vocalese from the great Eddie Jefferson (The Birdland Story), Jackie Paris ('Round Midnight) & Annie Ross, later of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross(The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea). And Emitt Slay's Korean war era Trio Male Call has to be heard to be believed! (GM)

 
FESS WILLIAMS Jazz Oracle 8041 Recorded In New York And Chicago, 1926-30 ● CD $28.98
2 discs,50 tracks, highly recommended My fave jazz label pulls off another winnner! Playing clarinet in the exaggerated "gas-pipe" style that owes as much to Klezmer & novelty as real jazz, this set concentrates on the previously un-collected Victor recordings, done as by Fess William's Royal Flush Orch, with every known take including over a dozen from test pressings, as well as a few takes from Brunswick & Vocalion, including Heebie Jeebies from '26 that came out as by Bud Jackson's Swanee Serenaders, as well as a coupling for Vocalion as Fess Williams & His Joy Boys. Includes such jazz & vaudeville tunes as Here 'Tis/ Snag Nasty/ Gamblers Blues (a spoken version of St. James' Infirmary)/ Musical Camp Meeting/ Sweet Savanah Sue, etc. The usual meticulous Oracle booklet with complete history, liner notes, rare pictures, pics of the record labels,even a brief history of the gas-pipe style & of course, excellent sound courtesy of John RT Davies. (GM)

 
FRANK WINEGAR Jazz Oracle 8040 Edison Hot Dance Obscurities Vol. 1 ● CD $16.98
19 tracks, 69 min, recommended Some real obscurities as we hear from 2 Edison Bands, fronted by banjoist Frank Winegar & trumpeter BA Rolfe. Of the 13 tracks by Winegar's Penn Boys (1927-28) four are test pressings & three are alternate takes, featuring tenor saxist Larry Hart. Includes rejected & issued versions of their first coupling, Shaking The Blues Away/ Ooh! Maybe It's You, both written by Irving Berlin. Rolfe, who was named by Louis Armstrong as inspiring him to play high notes, was very prolific, but little was jazz or hot. The 6 sides here, also from ''27-28, were released as by BA Rolfe (Trumpet Virtuoso) & His Palais D'Or Orch - Rolfe was very prolific & the highest paid Edison artist, but these are the only sides that qualify as "hot", including Louisiana Bo Bo, Al Jolson's Why Can't You & Fletcher Henderson's Rocky Mountain Blues. As usual for Jazz Oracle, there's incredible sound courtesy of John RT Davies, thorough liner notes & rare pictures. (GM)

 
LESTER YOUNG Savoy Jazz 17187 The Masters Touch ● CD $11.98
18 tracks, 64 min, recommended Reissue of Savoy 10271 from '56 with bonus tracks. This is a fine cross-section of Prez's 40s Savoy sides taken from 4 sessions. There's 2 big band sessions from the same date & studio but different personnel. The Earl Warren Orch sides are basically the Count Basie Orch with Billy Hart on piano, but the Johnny Guarnieri All-Star Orch has the leader on piano, Billy Butterfield (t) & Hank D'Amico(cl), both session from 4/18/44. A couple weeks later, 5/1/44, found Prez leading Basie's All American Rhythm Section (Basie(p), Freddie Green (g), Rodney Richardson(b) & Shadow WIlson (d) in a swinging quintet. The final session is from 5 years later with Prez leading a more modern sextet that included Junior Mance(p) & Roy Haynes (d) from 6/28/49. The CD starts with the master takes of all 10 number here (Ghost Of A Chance/ Basie English/ Blues 'n Bell's, etc) then follows with alternate takes. (GM)

 

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