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THE 6 & 7/8S STRING BAND American Music 125/126 Echoes Of Tom Anderson's - New Orleans String Jazz ● CD $27.98
2 discs, 56 tracks, 126 minutes, highly recommended
If you've treasured that Folkways album of The Six & 78s String Band for most of your life, here's an unexpected surprise: two discs of 1949 recordings, Folkways outtakes and a March 1950 radio broadcast by this beloved New Orleans string ensemble, plus related music by associated musicians. Formed by guitarist Dr.Edmond Souchon around 1911, this seven-piece semi-professional group (its diminutive violinist inspired the name) played rags, pop tunes and nascent jazz at local house parties, receptions and public events. Totally overlooked by record companies before World War II, this lively music went undocumented until a 1949 session yielded two limited-run 78s, both included here. By then the group was pared down to Souchon, mandolinist Bill Kleppinger, acoustic steel guitarist Bernie Shields and bassist Red Mackie. Kleppinger played the leads usually handled by cornets or clarinets, while Shields' slide work assumed the trombone's supporting role. Captivated by the peppy music he heard on these records, Sam Charters assembled the group for two August 1954 sessions in Doc Souchon's Metarie living room. The cream of these sides appeared on a Folkways LP the following year. The remainder appears here, though relatively few sides could be considered unworthy of general release. Later in 1955 Souchon backed original 6 & 7/8s member Charles Hardy, Jr. for a private pressing of sixteen jazz ukulele numbers; all are included here. Fleshing out the album are five 1958 tracks by New Orleans finger-style guitarist Frank Amacker and two late-'20s Columbias by the New Orleans Owls, featuring brief instrumental choruses by Rene Gelpi and Monk Smith, once members of Kleppinger and Mackie's original string band, the Invincibles. The Six and 7/8s String Band lasted until the mid-'60s and reportedly made other recordings, but Katrina's devastation means this collection likely contains the last 'new' music we'll hear from this distinctive quartet. Excellent sound and informative notes by Sam Charters, who produced this collection for George Buck's American Music imprint. Not to be missed! (DS)
DISC ONE: THE 1949 78s: Tiger Rag/Clarinet Marmalade/High Society/Tico Tico/That Old Gang of Mine. THE 1954 SESSIONS: Winter Night & Stumbling/Who's Sorry Now/Clarinet Marmalade/Dixieland One-Step/Jealous/Muskrat Ramble/Tico Tico/Floating Down that Old Green River/Bei Mir Bist Du Schon/Sunrise Serenade/Medley in D/My Josephine/High Society/Lazy River & There'll Be Some Changes Made/Donna Clara/Floating Down That Old Green River/Raggin' the Scale (false starts)/At Sundown/When the Saints Go Marching In. FRANK AMACKER: A Handful of Cards/Gettysburg March/Lover Come Back to Me/'A' Rag/Liebestraum. DISC TWO: SIX & 7/8s STRING BAND (1950 AIRCHECK): That Old Gang of Mine/Floating Down That Old Green River/High Society/Who's Sorry Now/Tiger Rag/Tico Tico/Up a Lazy River/Donna Clara/When the Saints Go Marching In. CHARLIE & SOU: Ukulele Marmalade/Dixieland One-Step/Tea for Two/At the Storybook Ball/Opus Four/Little Coquette/I'm Nobody's Baby/Bill Bailey/High Society/I Had a Dream, Dear/Ida/Who's Sorry Now/Walkin' the Dog/That Old Gang of Mine/Little Coquette/Little Rock Getaway. NEW ORLEANS OWLS: West End Stomp/That's a Plenty

MILDRED BAILEY ASV CDAJS 2020 The Rockin' Chair Lady ● CD $14.98
Mildred Bailey was the number one white singer of the Swing Era. She had a pleasing voice with a light clear tone and a swinging sense of both rhythm and phrasing which allowed her to take on a great emotional range of songs. She could sound sexy, contrite or virtuous and could certainly sing the blues. This inexpensive double CD features 50 tracks recorded between 1929 and 1947in the company of Eddie Lang & Orch., Paul Whiteman & His Orch., Benny Goodman & His Orch., Red Norvo & His Orch. as well as fronting her own band which included musicians like Bunny Berigan, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Ben Webster, Chu Berry, Teddy Wilson, Hank D'Amico and others. Includes her most famous songs like Rockin' Chair/ Harlem Lullaby and Lazy Bones plus Georgia On My Mind/ Junk Man/ Honesyuckle Rose/ Smoke Dreams/ Never In A Million Years/ Thanks For The Memory/ My Melancholy Baby/ St. Louis Blues and lots more.
MILDRED BAILEY: 'Tain't What You Do, It's the Way That Cha Do It/ All of Me/ At Sundown/ Begin the Beguine/ Bob White, Watcha Gonna Swing Tonight?/ Darn That Dream/ Don't Be That Way/ Don't Take Your Love from Me/ Downhearted Blues/ Georgia on My Mind/ Gulf Coast Blues/ Harlem Lullaby/ Have You Forgotten So Soon?/ Heat Wave/ Honeysuckle Rose/ I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart/ I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm/ It's the Natural Thing to Do/ Junk Man/ Lazy Bones/ Lonesome Road/ Lover Come Back to Me/ Me and the Blues/ Moon Got in My Eyes/ More Than You Know/ My Melancholy Baby/ My Reverie/ Never in a Million Years/ Ol' Pappy/ Old Folks/ Peace, Brother!/ Please Be Kind/ Porter's Love Song to a Chambermaid/ Prisoner of Love/ Rockin' Chair/ Says My Heart/ Small Fry/ Smoke Dreams/ So Help Me If I Don't Love You/ Someday, Sweetheart/ Squeeze Me/ St. Louis Blues/ Thanks for the Memory/ There's a Lull in My Life/ Trust in Me/ Weekend of a Private Secretary/ What Kind o' Man Is You?/ When It's Sleepy Time Down South/ Where Are You?/ Willow Tree

BING CROSBY JSP JSPCD 934 The Vintage Years ● CD $28.98
Four CD set with 106 tracks drawn from radio broadcasts made between 1932 and 1950 including guest appearances by Judy Garland and Jimmy Durante.

SLIM GAILLARD Classics 1437 The Chronological Slim Gaillard, 1951-1953 ● CD $14.98
19 tracks, 50 mins, highly recommended
This brings us up to volume 8 of the complete recordings of this unique vocalist/ guitarist's entire recorded output. Finishing off the remaining tracks recorded for Norgran-Verve and providing some of his best-known cuts, you get a pretty even mix of Gaillard's crazed scat stylings and comic tracks like Yep Roc Heresy/ The Hip Cowboy/ Chicken Rhythm/ Eating With The Boogie/ Potato Chips etc. mixed with straightforward (mostly) tunes like For You/ I Only Have Eyes For You/ I Can't give you Anything But Love, sung in a rich baritone ala Billy Eckstine. Benny Green, Buddy Tate, Ben Webster, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson and other great instrumentalists provide fantastic accompaniment throughout. All in all a wild and fun collection and a good jumping in point to check out a one of a kind artist-a -rooney! (JM)

DIZZY GILLESPIE Collectables 0837 Groovin' High ● CD $7.98
13 tracks, highly recommended
The 13 tunes here, recorded for Musicraft/ Guild in 1945 & '46, were originally a part of Prestige's "In The Beginning" set, and are the definitive recordings of the birth of Be Bop. The initial session with Dexter Gordon produced only Blue & Boogie . The next 2 sessions were with Charlie Parker and produced 7 tunes that defined Be Bop - 3 from Feb. 28, 1945 with Clyde Hart(p), Remo Palmieri(g), Slam Stewart(b) & Cozy Cole(d) gave us Groovin' High/ Dizzy Atmosphere/ All The Things You Are , and the May 11, 1945 session with Al Haig(p), Curley Russell(b) & Big Sid Catlett(d) produced Shaw 'Nuff/ Salt Peanuts/ Hot House and with Sarah Vaughn on vocals Lover Man. A final session with Sonny Stitt(as), Milt Jackson(vibes), Haig, Ray Brown(b) & Kenny Clarke(d) has Oop Bop Sh'Bam/ That's Earl Brother/ A Handfull Of Gimme. (GM)

TED HEATH Fabulous 2012 And His Music, 1944-1954 ● CD $11.98
2 CDs, 50 tracks, 142 mins, recommended
This is an extensive collection from the English big band leader who managed to keep on the charts and in demand long after the heyday of big band music. Bridging the years from the end of WW2 up into the Rock `n Roll years, Heath stays contemporary by having the cream of the English players of the day like Jack Parnell, Kenny Baker and Reg Owen, as well as popular singers like Lita Roza and Dennis Lotis. The bulk of the tracks featured here are from 1944-50 with originals from the band as well as hits of the day (including fun versions of Open The Door Richard and Route 66) (JM)

RICHARD M. JONES & HIS JAZZ WIZARDS Frog 63 Good Stuff ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, 74 minutes, highly recommended
New Orleans native Richard M. Jones was a pioneering race records talent scout, producer (Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives), songwriter (Trouble in Mind) and pianist for such diverse talents as King Oliver, Johnny Dodds, Arizona Dranes, Chippie Hill and Georgia White. His own records as a leader deserve to be better known. Avoiding the instrumental pyrotechnics associated with his Chicago-based contemporaries Oliver, Armstrong, and Jelly Roll Morton, Jones recorded with less dynamic sidemen rooted in New Orleans blues. The first six titles date from 1925-26 and feature Jones with clarinetist Albert Nicholas and banjo player Johnny St. Cyr. Jones's 1926-1929 Jazz Wizards feature a larger, rotating lineup, often with Shirley Clay on cornet and Artie Starks on clarinet. Jones contributes short so-so vocals behind four numbers; the rest are all instrumental. Although this material was previously reissued on Classics and RST/Document, the sound quality here is significantly superior, courtesy of John R.T. Davies prot‚g‚ Ted Kendall. (Note that almost half the tracks here were recorded acoustically, but OKeh's later acoustics arguably sound better than many labels' early electrics.) Jones biographer Chris Hillman (no, not that one) contributes a brief analysis and promises a follow-up disc of the pianist/arranger's '30s output along with select accompaniments to various singers. If you like the music of New Orleans trad revivalist George Lewis, give this a try. (DS)
RICHARD M. JONES' THREE JAZZ WIZARDS: New Orleans Shags/Spanish Shawl/29th and Dearborn/Wonderful Dream/CHICAGO HOTTENTOTS: All Night Shags/Put Me in the Alley Blues/RICHARD M. JONES' JAZZ WIZARDS: Kin to Kant Blues/Mush Mouth/Baby O'Mine/Dusty Bottom Blues/Scagmore Green/Hollywood Shuffle/Dark Alley/Smoked Meat Blues/Good Stuff/Jazzin' Baby Blues/African Hunch/Boar Hog Blues/Hot and Ready/It's a Low Down Thing/Novelty Blues (-1)/Novelty Blues (-2)/Tickle Britches (-1)/Tickle Britches (-2)

DONALD LAMBERT & HIS HARLEM PIANO Solo Art 44 Giant Stride ● CD $13.98
13 tracks recorded in 1961 by one of the giants of the "stride" piano style and originally issued on LP on Rudi Blesh's Solo Art label - Trolley Song/ There Will Never Be Another You/ Rose Of The Rio Grande/ Linger Awhile/ People Will Say We're In Love/ I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket, etc.

LORD BUCKLEY Collector's Choice 791 A Most Immaculately Hip Aristocrat ● CD $12.98
5 tracks, 38 mins, highly recommended
If you missed out on previous CD reissues of this classic 1956 album be sure to grab it this time before it disappears again. Another spoken word masterpiece from the self-proclaimed lord of the rappin' beatniks. Nobody could lay down a line as smoothly hip as Buckley's expanded "hipsomatic" monologues on Poe's The Raven, on the charm of underworld characters (Bad-Rapping Of The Marquis De Sade), on politicians (Governor Slugwell) and more. Includes new notes by Richiae Unterberger. (MB)

THE MILLS BLUE RHYTHM BAND ASV CDAJA 5634 Harlem Heat, 1931-1936 ● CD $11.98
25 tracks cut by this very popular and hot African-American large band recorded between 1931 and 1936. An enterprise owned by hugely successful song publisher Irving Mills, the Blue Rhythm Band featured many notable musicians including Edgar Hayes (who led the band in 1931) Baron Lee (who led the band in 1932/33), Lucky Millinder (who led the band from 1933 to 1936), Henry "Red" Allen, Crawford Washington, Buster Bailey, J.C. Higginbotham, and others with vocalists Adelaide Hall, George Morton, Billy Banks and more.

THE MISSOURIANS Vintage Music Productions 0212 1925-1927 ● CD $14.98
20 hot tunes by group that was to later become Cab Calloway's Orchestra. The title says 1925 to 1927 but recording dates on back range from 1924 to 1930! 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 1929 and he eventually took over the group. Includes Down & Out Blues/ Riverboat Shuffle/ I Found A New Baby/ You'll Cry For Me, But I'll Be Gone/ 400 Hop/ Two Hundred Squabble/ Prohibition Blues, etc.

EDITH PIAF EMI (France) 87218 L'Integrale ● CD $82.98
20 CD set with 413 tracks featuring all the EMI (and associated label) recordings of the great French chanteuse made between 1935 and 1957. It includes seven previously unissued performances along with numerous rarities, alternate takes and live performances. This is a reissue of the set originally issued in 2003 on the 40th anniversary of The Little Sparrow's death lacking the elaborate accordion packaging and extensive notes but all the great music is here.

SOPHIE TUCKER Jasmine 134 The Great Sophie Tucker ● CD $14.98
Two CDs, 52 tracks, highly recommended
Sophie Tucker was fine vaudeville performer who had a lengthy career from the 20s through the 60s and was particularly popular in England. Her repertoire included a diversity of material - much of it in the jazz and blues tradition - sometimes with a delightful bawdy quality. The songs she sang were frequently from the viewpoint of a liberated female as in I Ain't Taking Orders From No One/ He Hadn't Until Yesterday and Aren't Women Wonderful include here. There are two versions of her theme song Some Of These Days, one from 1926 and one from 1937 that bookend this set and along the way we hear her wonderful My Yiddishe Momme which used to reduce my mother to tears, jazz/pop standards like After You've Gone/ There'll Be Some Changes Made and The Man I Love and songs written for her. Sound is excellent and there is a 12 page booklet with extensive notes by Geoff MIlne. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Archeophone 2001 The Great War: An American Musical Fantasy ● CD $26.98
2 CDs, 2 hours, 38 min., highly recommended
The songs here were all recorded between 1914-1919 (with the exception of the last three tracks, which were cut in 1926), and given the sound source, the quality is excellent. But this is no mere collection or random war songs. The compilers have done a remarkable job of putting the war and the burgeoning record industry into historical perspective. As the booklet notes describe, Disc 1 covers the period "from neutrality to preparedness to belligerence." Disc 2 covers the war and beyond, when it was safe for the industry to start questioning the war itself. And while the music here is fascinating, the 76-page booklet is a true gem, full of original scholarship and rare, historic photos. It explores the "talking machine" business that saw itself threatened by the war and so adopted a jingoistic stance for its own economic benefit, casting itself as a necessary war industry, and thus a propaganda machine. An insightful document of likely interest to anyone who wishes to understand the history of the record industry. Songs include It's A Long, Long Way To Tipperary by American Quartet, Don't Bite The Hand That's Feeding You by Irving Kaufman (with the ever-so-charming theme of telling immigrants to love the war or go the hell back where you came from), Over There by Enrico Caruso, On Patrol In No Man's Land by Lieut. Noble Sissle & Lieut. Jim Europe's 369th U.S. Infantry Band, Boys Who Won't Come Home by Henry Burr, They'll Be Mighty Proud In Dixie Of Their Old Black Joe by Albert Campbell and Henry Burr, Hello Central, Give Me No Man's Land by Edna Brown and many others. (JC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS ASV CDAJA 5582 Crazy Guys - Gems Of American Comedy ● CD $13.98
20 tracks, 77 mins, recommended
Abbott & Costello (with their classic Who's On First? sketch), Jimmy Durante (it's My Nose's Birthday), Victor Borge (his Phonetic Pronunciation alone makes this disc worthwhile), Jerry Lewis, Stan Freberg, Andy Griffith, Spike Jones, Wally Cox, Yogi Yorgesson, Bob Hope & Bing Crosby giants among mortal men all and presented here with some of their most famous bits. If that's not good enough, there are several more masters of the yuk, yuk as well.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Documents 222275 Battle Of Saxes, Volume 1 ● CD $25.98
Four CDs with 81 tracks surveying the role of the sax in jazz - mostly the tenor sax. Most of the music covers the period 1945 through 1954 along with a few from the 80s.  Includes 18 page illustrated booklet with notes on the performers and full discographical info.
GENE AMMONS: Baby, Won't You Please Say Yes/ Don't Do Me Wrong/ Prelude To A Kiss/ Stairway To The Stars/ Street Of Dreams/ You're Not The Kind/ DON BYAS: Don't Blame Me/ No One But You/ Sweet Lorraine/ They Say It's Wonderful/ ARNETT COBB: Arnett Blows For 1300/ Cobb's Corner/ Cobb's Idea/ When I Grow Too Old To Dream/ EDDIE 'LOCKJAW' DAVIS: Foxy Eddie/ Huckle Bug/ Lockjaw's Bounce/ Yesterday/ TED EDWARDS: Blues In Teddy's Flat/ Hornin In/ FRANK FOSTER: Fat Shoes/ I'll Take Romance/ Just 40 Bars/ The Things We Did Last Summer/ STAN GETZ: Autumn 'n' Leaves/ Lover Come Back To Me/ Strike Up The Band/ The Way You Look Tonight/ DEXTER GORDON: Blow, Mr. Dexter/ Citizen Bop/ Dexter's Deck/ Dexter's Minor Mad/ I Can't Escape From You/ My Kinda Love/ Rubaiyat/ WARDELL GRAY: Easy Swing/ Jackie/ One For Prez/ Southside/ Sweet Lorraine/ The Chase/ The Steeple Chase/ COLEMAN HAWKINS: Ain't Misbehavin'/ Body And Soul/ Sophisticated Lady/ Sweethearts On Parade/ JAMES MOODY: Moody's Mode/ The Fuller Bop Man/ GERRY MULLIGAN: A Ballad/ It May Be Wrong/ Limelight/ PAUL QUINICHETTE: Bot Bot/ Green's Blues/ Sleepy Time Gal/ SONNY ROLLINS: Newk's Fadeaway/ On A Slow Boat To China/ Scoops/ The Way You Look Tonight/ With A Song In My Heart/ ZOOT SIMS: Night And Day/ Swingin The Blues/ Tenorly/ SONNY STITT: All God's Chillun Got Rhythm/ Fine And Dandy/ I Want To Be Happy/ Sonny Side/ Sonny's Blues/ LUCKY THOMPSON: Cherokee/ Irresistible You/ Thin Ice/ You Are My Dream/ CHARLIE VENTURA: Big Deal/ Dark Eyes/ BEN WEBSTER: Cotton Tail/ Sleep/ The Iron Man/ You're My Thrill/ LESTER YOUNG: Ad Lib Blues/ Indiana/ New Lester Leaps In/ You're Driving Me Crazy

VARIOUS ARTISTS Documents 223708 Jazz In The Charts, Vol. 9 : 1930 ● CD $10.98
The ninth volume in this fine series features 20 of the most popular jazz titles from 1930 and is loaded with instantly recognizable classics like Stardust by Irving Mills & His Hotsy Totsy Gang, St Louis Blues by Louis Armstrong & His Orch. and by Cab Callow, St. james Infirmary by King Oliver & His Orch., It Had To Be You by Red Nichols and His Five Pennies along with great tracks from Chick Bullock, Frankie Trumbauer & His Orch., Ben Pollack & His Orch., McKinney's Cotton Pickers, Duke Ellington & His Orch. and The Dorsey Brothers Orch.
LOUIS ARMSTRONG & HIS ORCH.: I'm A Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas)/ If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)/ LOUIS ARMSTRONG & HIS SEBASTIAN NEW COTTON CLU: Memories Of You/ LOUIS ARMSTRONG & HIS ORCH.: St. Louis Blues/ CHICK BULLOCK: Lazy Lou'isiana Moon/ CAB CALLOWAY & HIS ORCH.: St. Louis Blues/ DORSEY BROTHERS ORCH.: Fine And Dandy/ DUKE ELLINGTON & HIS ORCH.: Ring Dem Bells/ Three Little Words/ MCKINNEY'S COTTON PICKERS: If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)/ IRVING MILLS & HIS HOTSY TOTSY GANG: Stardust/ RED NICHOLS & HIS FIVE PENNIES: China Boy/ Embraceable You/ I Got Rhythm/ I Want To Be Happy/ It Had To Be You/ Strike Up The Band/ KING OLIVER & HIS ORCH.: St. James Infirmary/ BEN POLLACK & HIS ORCH.: Rollin' Down The River/ FRANKIE TRUMBAUER & HIS ORCH.: Get Happy

VARIOUS ARTISTS Documents 223709 Jazz In The Charts, Vol. 10 : 1931, Part 1 ● CD $10.98
20 tracks from the first half of 1931 including two Cab Calloway classics - Minnie The Moocher and St. james Infirmary plus sides by Benny Goodman & His Orch., The Calfornia Ramblers, Ethel waters, Red Nichols & His Five Pennies, Louis Armstrong & His Sebastian New Cotton Club Orch., Duke Ellington, Noble Sissle & His Orch., etc.
LOUIS ARMSTRONG & HIS SEBASTIAN NEW COTTON CLU: The Peanut Vendor/ THE CALIFORNIA RAMBLERS: The Peanut Vendor/ CAB CALLOWAY & HIS ORCH.: Minnie The Moocher/ Nobody's Sweetheart/ St. James Infirmary/ THE CASA LOMA ORCH.: Casa Loma Stomp/ THE CHARLESTON CHASERS: Basin Street Blues/ Walkin' My Baby Back Home/ DUKE ELLINGTON & HIS COTTON CLUB ORCH.: Blue Again/ Mood Indigo/ BENNY GOODMAN & HIS ORCH.: He's Not Worth Your Tears/ THE JUNGLE BAND (DUKE ELLINGTON): Rockin' In Rhythm/ RED NICHOLS & HIS FIVE PENNIES: Blue Again/ Corinne, Corinna/ The Peanut Vendor/ JIMMIE NOONE'S APEX CLUB ORCH.: Travlin' All Alone/ BEN POLLACK & HIS ORCH.: I've Got Five Dollars/ NOBLE SISSLE & HIS ORCH.: Got The Bench, Got The Park/ ETHEL WATERS: I Got Rhyhtm/ Three Little Words

VARIOUS ARTISTS Documents 223710 Jazz In The Charts, Vol. 11 : 1931, Part 2 ● CD $10.98
The second half of 1931 includes recordings by Duke Ellington & His Orch., Joe Venuti's Blue Four, Cab Calloway & His Orch., Ethel waters, Red Nichols & His Five Pennies, Cab Calloway & His Orch., The Mills Brothers (their classic Tiger rag), Louis Armstrong & His Orch. and others.
LOUIS ARMSTRONG & HIS ORCH.: (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal, You/ Stardust/ CAB CALLOWAY & HIS ORCH.: (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal, You/ Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea/ Kickin' The Gong Around/ Six Or Seven Times/ Trickeration/ THE CASA LOMA ORCH.: Do The New York/ DUKE ELLINGTON & HIS COTTON CLUB ORCH.: Creole Rhapsody 1 & 2/ DUKE ELLINGTON & HIS ORCH.: Limehouse Blues/ FLETCHER HENDERSON & HIS ORCH.: Blues In My Heart/ THE MILLS BROTHERS: Gems From 'George White Scandals'/ Nobody's Sweetheart/ Tiger Rag/ RED NICHOLS & HIS FIVE PENNIES: Fan It/ You Rascal, You/ DON REDMAN & HIS ORCH.: Chant Of The Weed/ FRANKIE TRUMBAUER & HIS ORCH.: Georgia On My Mind/ JOE VENUTI'S BLUE FOUR: Little Girl/ ETHEL WATERS: River, Stay 'Way From My Door/ Shine On, Harvest Moon/ You Can't Stop Me From Loving You

VARIOUS ARTISTS Documents 223711 Jazz In The Charts, Vol. 12 : 1932 ● CD $10.98
22 tracks from the first part of 1932 including The Mills Brothers, Dorsey Brothers Orch., Joe Venuti-Eddi Lang & Their All Star Orch., Don Redman & His Orch., Duke Ellington & His Orch., Louis Armstrong & His Orch., Cab Calloway & His Orch., etc.
LOUIS ARMSTRONG & HIS ORCH.: All Of Me/ Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea/ Chinatown, My Chinatown/ Home/ I Got Rhyhtm/ Kickin' The Gong Around/ Love, You Funny Thing/ You Can Depend On Me/ MILDRED BAILEY & OTHERS: Georgia On My Mind/ CAB CALLOWAY & HIS ORCH.: Cabin In The Cotton/ DORSEY BROTHERS ORCH.: Ooh! That Kiss/ DUKE ELLINGTON & HIS ORCH.: Creole Rhapsody/ Rose Room (In Sunny Roseland)/ THE MILLS BROTHERS: Dinah/ Good-Bye Blues/ I Heard/ It Don't Mean A Thing, If It Ain't Got That Swing/ Shine/ You Rascal You/ DON REDMAN & HIS ORCH.: I Heard/ JOE VENUTI-EDDIE LANG & THEIR ALL-STAR ORCH.: Beale Street Blue

VARIOUS ARTISTS Documents 223712 Jazz In The Charts, Vol. 13 : 1932 ● CD $10.98
21 tracks from mid/late 1932 - Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orch., The Mills Brothers, Frankie Trumbauer & His Orch., Louis Armstrong & His Orch., Hoagy Carmichael & His Orch., Red Nichols & His Five Pennies, Duke Ellington & His Orch., Cab Calloway & His Orch., etc.
LOUIS ARMSTRONG & HIS ORCH.: Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now/ Lawd, You Made The Night Too Long/ Rockin' Chair/ LOUIS ARMSTRONG & HIS SEBASTIAN NEW COTTON CLU: Sweethearts On Parade/ CAB CALLOWAY & HIS ORCH.: Minnie The Moocher's Wedding Day/ Reefer Man/ Strictly Cullud Affair/ HOAGY CARMICHAEL & HIS ORCH.: Lazy River/ THE CASA LOMA ORCH.: Blue Jazz/ COON-SANDERS ORIGINAL NIGHTHAWK ORCH.: Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now/ DUKE ELLINGTON & HIS ORCH.: Blue Ramble/ Moon Over Dixie/ THE MILLS BROTHERS: Bugle Call Rag/ Chinatown, My Chinatown/ It Don't Mean A Thing, If It Ain't Got That Swing/ Rockin' Chair/ St. Louis Blues/ Sweet Sue (Just You)/ RED NICHOLS & HIS ORCH.: California Medley 1/2/ RED NICHOLS & HIS FIVE PENNIES: Goofus/ FRANKIE TRUMBAUER & HIS ORCH.: Medley Of Isham Jones Dance Hits

VARIOUS ARTISTS Documents 223713 Jazz In The Charts, Vol. 14 : 1932-1933 ● CD $10.98
From the end of 1932 and the early part of 1933 - 21 tracks - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestras, Cab Calloway & His Orch., Don Redman & His Orch., Chick Bullock & His Levee Loungers, Fletcher Henderson & His Orch., Claude Hopkins & His Orch., Duke Ellington & His Famous Orch. and the Joe Veniti-Eddie Lang Blue Five.
LOUIS ARMSTRONG & HIS ORCH.: After You've Gone/ LOUIS ARMSTRONG & HIS SEBASTIAN NEW COTTON CLU: Body And Soul/ LOUIS ARMSTRONG & HIS ORCH.: Hobo, You Can't Ride This Train/ I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues/ LOUIS ARMSTRONG & HIS SEBASTIAN NEW COTTON CLU: Shine/ LOUIS ARMSTRONG & HIS ORCH.: That's My Home/ CHICK BULLOCK & HIS LEVEE LOUNGERS: (When It's) Darkness On The Delta/ Underneath The Harlem Moon/ CAB CALLOWAY & HIS ORCH.: Hot Toddy/ I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues/ I've Got The World On A String/ DUKE ELLINGTON & HIS FAMOUS ORCH.: Drop Me Off At Harlem/ Sophisticated Lady/ DUKE ELLINGTON & HIS ORCH.: Stormy Weather/ FLETCHER HENDERSON & HIS ORCH.: Honeysuckle Rose/ Underneath The Harlem Moon/ CLAUDE HOPKINS & HIS ORCH.: California, Here I Come/ DON REDMAN & HIS ORCH.: Sophisticated Lady/ Underneath The Harlem Moon/ JOE VENUTI-EDDIE LANG BLUE FIVE: Jig Saw Puzzle Blues/ ETHEL WATERS: Stormy Weather

VARIOUS ARTISTS Documents 223714 Jazz In The Charts, Vol. 15 : 1933 ● CD $10.98
23 tracks from mid 1933 - The Casa Loma Orch., Mildred Bailey with The Dorsey Brothers Orch., Don Redman & His Orch., Ethel Waters, Duke Ellington & His Famous Orch., Jack Teagarden & His Orch., The Dorsey Brothers Orch., Earl Hines, Fletcher Henderson & His Orch., Sonny Greer & His Memphis Men, Benny Goodman & His Orch. and Ferde Grofe & His Orchestra.
MILDRED BAILEY WITH DORSEY BROTHERS ORCH.: Lazy Bones/ THE CASA LOMA ORCH.: Heat Wave/ It's The Talk Of The Town/ Sophisticated Lady/ Trouble In Paradise/ Under A Blanket Of Blue/ Weep No More My Baby/ White Jazz/ Wild Goose Chase/ DORSEY BROTHERS ORCH.: Old Man Harlem/ DUKE ELLINGTON & HIS FAMOUS ORCH.: I'm Satisfied/ In The Shade Of Old Apple Tree/ BENNY GOODMAN & HIS ORCH.: Ain'tcha Glad/ SONNY GREER & HIS MEMPHIS MEN: Saturday Night Function/ FERDE GROFE & HIS ORCH.: Temptation/ FLETCHER HENDERSON & HIS ORCH.: It's The Talk Of The Town/ King Porter's Stomp/ EARL HINES: Fifty-Seven Varieties/ DON REDMAN & HIS ORCH.: Lazy Bones/ JACK TEAGARDEN & HIS ORCH.: Somebody Stole Gabriel's Horn/ ETHEL WATERS: Don't Blame Me/ Heat Wave/ A Hundred Years From Today

VARIOUS ARTISTS EMI Gold 380 159-2 The Best Of Swing ● CD $24.98
Three CD set with 63 tracks of big band swing from the 40s, 50s and 60s including some of the top vocalists of the era. Includes several British bands. Includes June Christy & All Star Big band, Frank Cordell Orch., Stan Kenton Orch. with Anita O'Day, Harry james Orch., Andrew Sisters & Gordon Jenkins Orch., Benny Goodman Orch. with Martha Tilton, Ella Mae Morse & Freddie Slack Orch., Johnny Dankworth Orch. with Cleo Laine, Joe Loss Orch., Keely Smith & The Nelson Riddle Orch., Bobby Sherwood Orch., Eve Boswell with Tony Osborne Orch., Woody Herman's Herd with Chuck Flores, Nat King Cole with Pete Rugulo Orch., Dakota Staton with Side Feller Orch., etc.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Hit Parade 12302 Fabulous 50s Crooners Sing Their Hard To Find Hits ● CD $11.98
A collection of 23 tracks from the 50s by pop vocalists that were hits at the time but are not readily available on CD.
REX ALLEN: Crying In The Chapel/ LOUIS ARMSTRONG: A Kiss To Build A Dream On/ When It's Sleepy Time Down South/ PAT BOONE: No Arms Can Ever Hold You (No Other Arms)/ NAT "KING" COLE: A Blossom Fell/ Somewhere Along The Way/ PERRY COMO: Wanted/ DON CORNELL: Hold My Hand/ SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: Something's Gotta Give/ RUSTY DRAPER: Gambler's Guitar/ The Shifting, Whispering Sands/ BILLY ECKSTINE: I Apologize/ EDDIE FISHER: Turn Back The Hands Of Time/ Wish You Were Here/ STUART HAMBLEN: This Ole House/ AL HIBBLER: He/ SNOOKY LANSON: It's Almost Tomorrow/ TONY MARTIN: Here/ AL MARTINO: Take My Heart/ NICK NOBLE: The Bible Tells Me So/ JACK OWENS: Dream A Little Dream Of Me/ GEORGIE SHAW: Till We Two Are One/ MITCHELL TOROK: Caribbean

VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 940 The John R.T. Davies Collection, Volume 1 - Jazz Classi ● CD $28.98
A tribute to legendary remastering engineer John R.T. Davies who died in 2004. When it came to jazz there were few who could equal John's skills at extracting the most music and reducing the noise from rare 78s from the 20s and 30s, giving them a new life and presence without degrading the music in any way. John was a jazz musician himself and what he accomplished with his remastering was not just a job but a labor of love. This is the first of several volumes to feature his work for JSP records and includes performances by Louis Prima, Ted Lewis, Joe Venuti and The George Wettling Jazz Band.
TED LEWIS: A Good Man Is Hard To Find/ A Jazz Holiday/ Allah's Holiday/ Clarinet Marmalade/ Farewell Blues/ Glad Rag Doll/ Hello Montreal!/ I Ain't Got Nobody/ I'm The Medicine Man For The Blues/ In The Land Of Jazz/ Jungle Blues/ Lewisada Blues/ Lewisada Blues/ Limehouse Blues/ Maybe - Who Knows?/ My Little Dream Boat/ Oh Baby!/ Roses Of Picardy/ Russian Lullaby/ She's Funny That Way/ Shim-Me-Sha-Wobble/ Start The Band/ Wabash Blues/ LOUIS PRIMA: (Looks Like) I'm Breakin' The Ice/ Basin Street Blues/ Bright Eyes/ Chasing Shadows/ Chinatown, My Chinatown/ House Rent Party Day/ I Still Want You/ I'm Livin In A Great Big Way/ In A Little Gypsy Tea Room/ It's The Rhythm In Me/ Jamaica Shout/ Let's Have A Jubilee/ Let's Have A Jubilee/ Let's Swing It/ Long About Midnight/ Put On An Old Pair Of Shoes/ Sing It Way Down Low/ Sing It Way Down Low/ Sing It Way Down Low/ Star Dust/ Sugar Is Sweet And So Are You/ Swing Me With Rhythm/ That's Where The South Begins/ The Lady In Red/ Worry Blues/ JOE VENUTI: Because My Baby Don't Mean Maybe Now/ Chant Of The Jungle/ Dancing With Tears In My Eyes (Take A)/ Dancing With Tears In My Eyes (Take C)/ Doin' The Uptown Lowdown/ Doin' Things/ Gather Lip Rouge While You/ I Must Be Dreaming/ I Must Have That Man/ I Want To Ring Bells/ I'm On The Crest Of A Wave/ I'm Only Human After All/ I'm in Seventh Heaven/ Just Like A Melody Out Of A Sky/ Little Pal/ Out of Breath And Scared To Death Of You/ Pickin' Cotton/ Promises (Take B)/ Promises: Take C/ Tain't So Honey, ‘Tain't So/ That Wonderful Something (Is Love)/ That's The Good Old Sunny South/ Weary River/ You're My Past Present And Future/ Cheese And Crackers/ Everybody Shuffle/ Fiddlesticks (Take 1)/ Fiddlesticks (Take 2)/ I Like A Little Gin Like That/ Moon Glow/ Moon Glow/ My Man From Caroline/ Phantom Rhapsody/ Wasting My Love On You/ GEORGE WETTLING JAZZ BAND: / At Sundown/ Blue Room/ Body & Soul/ Hanid/ Is George Really George?/ It Ain't The Humidity (It's The Beat!)/ Kettle Blues/ Long, Long Ago/ Over The Rainbow/ Sugar

VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 1903 A Night At the Music Hall ● CD $28.98
Four CD set with 99 tracks featuring some of the greatest British music hall artists recorded between 1899 and 1917 including Gus Elen, Harry Champion, Marie Lloyd, Vesta Tilley, George RobeyLillie Langtry, George Formby SR., Sam Mayo, George Lashwood Florrie Forde, etc.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Rivermont 1141 The Big Broadcast-Jazz & Popular Music Of The 20s & 30s ● CD $16.98
Varied collection of 25 sides selected and annotated by Rich Conaty who has hosted the radio program "The Big Broadcast" on WFUV-FM in New York City for over thirty years. Includes several tracks making their first appearance on CD as well as a couple of tracks previously unissued in any form. Includes sides by Fletcher Henderson & His Orch., Scrappy Lambert, The Musical Stevedores, Marion Harris, Cab Calloway & His Orch. (the previously unissued Is That Religion from 1930), The Three Keys, Rudy Vallee & His Connecticutt Yankees, Ted Lewis & His Band, Cliff Edwards with The Eton Boys (a wonderful rendition of St. Louis Blues from 1934), Garland Wilson, Gene Austin, Roger Wolfe Kahn & His Orch. and others. Includes 16 page illustrated booklet with notes on all the performances, discographical data, label shots and photos. Sound quality is generally excellent.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Vintage Music Productions 191 Hot Flashes - Rare High Quality Short Lived Bands ● CD $14.98
24 tracks featuring the complete recordings of nine of the more obscure hot dance bands from the 20s - except for the KXYZ Novelty Band which recorded 8 sides - all the others have two cuts each. Groups include The Musical Stevedores (with Louis Metcalf/ tp, Cliff Jackson/ pno and Elmer Snowden/ bj), Trombone Red & His Blue Six (with Duke Ellington/ p), Lew Weimer's Black & Gold Aces, Le Roy Tibbs & His Connies Inn Orchestr, The Mason Dixon Orchestra and others. Some fine music though there is a bit too much use of digital noise reduction.

FATS WALLER JSP JSPCD 927 Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1- Messin' Around With The Blues ● CD $28.98
4 CD box set, 110 Tracks, 5 Hours 15 Minutes, highly recommended
With certainly not as much well-known material as on the great and recommended Volume 2, this volume (which, due to the strenuous brilliant research and compiling it entailed was issued AFTER Vol.2) presents the earliest recordings from the ever-wonderful Fats Waller, tracing the roots of his early influences to offer the cornerstone of his future style. From vaudevillian singer Sara Martin to blues maven Alberta Hunter, to gospel performer J.C. Burnett and on to the Big Band swing of the Fletcher Henderson Band and beyond, Waller shows incredible chops and the keen ear of a first call accompanist. In the many solo pipe organ recordings, Waller dazzles with his deft touch and incessant swing. Grounded in the stride piano style, armed with a vast knowledge of current popular song styles and forms (and a love of Bach, too!), Waller combined his innate desire to entertain with his rich wit to go on to become one of the most unique and important voices in the history of jazz. Listen here and you'll hear how that voice developed. Not only will you learn much, you'll have a delightful time of it! Decent notes and the sound quality is as good as one could hope for. (RB)


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