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Jazz, Dance Bands & Vocalists
Cab Calloway ->
Nat M. Wills + DVD S

 

 

NEW DVDS

 

BILLIE HOLIDAY Efor 2869029 The Genius Of Lady Day ● DVD $14.98
30 minute documentary on the life and career of one of the very greatest singers of the 20th century plus a slew of exciting musical clips including her four sequences from New Orleans (her only appearance in a Hollywood movie with Louis Armstrong), the rare fifteen minute musical short with Count Basie & His Sextet and the amazing child prodigy "Sugar Chile" Robinson, TV appearances with Mal Waldron and others and more.

 
LESTER YOUNG/ CHARLIE PARKER/ MILES DAVIS Idem 1057 Great Performances ● DVD $16.98
Now deleted - very limited quantities. This DVD features three jazz films - the incredible "Jammin' The Blues" from 1944 - a jam session with Harry EDison, Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet, Barney Kessel and others; the only surviving "official film of Charlie Parker featuring his acceptance of the Down Beat Award and performing Hot House with Dizzy Gilespie, Dick Hyman and others and 30 minute show from 1959 "The Sound Of Miles" featuring four tunes by Miles Davis Quintete and The Gil Evans Orchestra with John Coltrane, Wynton Kelly, etc. There are also four bonus audio only tracks from the "Jammin' The Blues" session.

   

NEW COMPACT DISCS

 
 
CAB CALLOWAY Proper BOX 141 This Is Hep ● CD $24.98
4 CDs, 104 tracks, 307 mins, highly recommended
Band leader, vocalist extraordinaire and Hep Cat #1 Cab Calloway put out so much fine music and had such a long and productive career that this four disk set is only a start in gathering up all his best stuff. This covers just about the first 20 years of Calloway's recording career, including his first ever sessions from the summer of 1930 in New York, certainly a hot time was had by all on this date. 1930 saw Cab & company replacing Duke Ellington at the legendary Cotton Club, proving to be his big breakthrough, also helping him score a record contract with Brunswick records. His five plus years with Brunswick would see him solidify an amazing band and fully realize his larger than life persona. Most of Calloway's best and most famous running song themes/cycles are represented on this collection, with numerous tracks from the Minnie The Moocher, Harlem and Gal story lines here in all their glory. Throughout the years featured on this collection many a fine Jazz musician went through the ranks, not only as players, but also as composers. So you get major work by Dizzy Gillespie, Shad Collins, Chu Berry, Doc Cheatham Arville Harris, Edwin Swayzee, Ike Quebec, Sam Taylor, Cozy Cole and many more. This is a fantastic set, that has already garnered many plays in my stereo and will definitely get many more, fantastic liner notes, recording info etc. as well. (JM)
CAB CALLOWAY: 'Long About Midnight/ A Chicken Ain't Nothing But A Bird/ A Ghost Of A Chance/ Angels With Dirty Faces/ At The Clambake Carnival/ Baby Won't You Please Come Home?/ Beale Street Mama/ Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea/ Black Rhythm/ Blue Interlude/ Blues In The Night/ Bugle Call Rag/ Bye Bye Blues/ Cabin In The Cotton/ Calling All Bars/ Chili Con Conga/ Chinese Rhythm/ Come On With The 'Come On'/ Congo/ Copper Colored Gal/ Do You Wanna Jump Children?/ Doin' The Rumba/ Evenin'/ Every Day's A Holiday/ Everybody Eats When They Come 'Round To My House/ F.D.R. Jones/ Fifteen Minutes Intermission/ For The Last Time I Cried Over You/ Geechy Joe/ Gotta Darn Good Reason Now (For Bein' Good)/ Harlem Camp Meeting/ Hey Doc/ Hey Now, Hey Now/ Hi-De-Ho Man (That's Me)/ Hot Toddy/ How Come You Do Me Like You Do?/ Hoy Hoy/ I Ain't Got Nobody/ I Beeped When I Shoulda Bopped/ I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues/ I Want To Rock/ I'll Be Around/ I'm Always In The Mood For You/ I've Got The World On A String/ Is That Religion?/ Jitter Bug/ Jive (Page One Of The Hepster's Dictionary)/ Jonah Joins The Cab/ Keep That Hi-De-Hi In Your Soul/ Kicking The Gong Around/ Little Town Gal/ Mama, I Wanna Make Rhythm/ Margie/ Minnie The Moocher/ Minnie The Moocher's Wedding Day/ Mister Paganini, Swing For Minnie/ Moon At Sea/ Moonglow/ My Gal/ Nagasaki/ Nobody's Sweetheart/ Oh Grandpa!/ Paradiddle/ Peckin'/ Pickin’ The Cabbage/ Pluckin' The Bass/ Queen Isabella/ Ratamacue/ Rhapsody In Rhumba/ Rustle Of Swing/ San Francisco Fan/ Savage Rhythm/ She's Tall, She's Tan, She's Terrific/ Six Or Seven Times/ Skrontch/ Some Of These Days/ Somebody Stoke My Gal/ St. James Infirmary/ St. James Informary/ St. Louis Blues/ Strictly Cullud Affair/ Sweet Georgia Brown/ Swing Swing Swing/ The Boogie Woogie/ The Calloway Boogie/ The Ghost Of Smokey Joe/ The Honeydripper/ The Jumpin' Jive/ The Jungle King/ The Lady With The Fan/ The Lone Arranger/ The Man From Harlem/ The Reefer Man/ The Scat Song/ The Wedding Of Mr And Mrs Swing/ Three Swings And Out/ Trickeration/ Two Blocks Down, Turn To The Left/ Vuebra/ Wake Up And Live/ Willow Weep For Me/ You Rascal You/ You're The Cure For What Ails Me/ Zah Zuh Zaz

 
DUKE ELLINGTON JSP JSPCD 936 Volume 2 - From The Cotton Club To Sweden ● CD $28.98
JSPs second volume devoted to the great Duke Ellington features four CDs with 98 tracks tracing Ellington's career from 1929 to 1940. In this period key sidemen like trumpeter James "Bubber" Miley, trombonist Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton and saxophonists Johnny H o dges and Harry Carney established themselves as soloists.
DUKE ELLINGTON: A Blues Serenade/ A Gypsy Without A Song/ Ain't Misbehavin'/ All God's Chillun Got Rhythm/ Arabian Lover/ Big House Blues/ Blues Of The Vagabond/ Bouncin' Buoyancy/ Braggin' In Brass/ Bundle Of Blues/ Caravan/ Clarinet Lament (barney's Concerto)/ Cotton Club Stomp/ Cotton Club Stomp/ Cotton Club Stomp/ Country Girl/ Creole Rhapsody: Part 2/ Creole Rhapsody:part 1/ Crescendo In Blue/ Daybreak Express/ Delta Bound/ Diga Diga Doo/ Diminuendo In Blue/ Doin' The Voom Voom/ Double Check Stomp/ Down A Carolina Lane/ Drop Me Off At Harlem/ Echoes Of Harlem (cootie's Concerto)/ Eerie Moan/ Get Yourself A New Broom (and Sweep Those Blues Away)/ Grievin' (1st Version)/ Grievin' (2nd Version)/ Harlem Flat Blues/ Haunted Nights/ Hot Feet/ Hyde Park/ I Can't Give You Anything But Love/ I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart/ I'm Checkin' Out Goo'm Bye/ I'm Slappin' Seventh Avenue (with The Sole Of My Shoe)/ I've Got The World Upon A String/ I've Got To Be A Rug Center/ I've Never Felt This Way Before/ In A Jam/ In A Mizz/ In A Sentimental Mood/ In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree/ It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing/ Jazz Cocktail/ Jazz Convulsions/ Jive Stomp/ Jungle Jamboree/ Jungle Nights In Harlem/ Killin' Myself/ Kissin' My Baby Goodnight/ Lazy Duke/ Little Posey/ Maori/ Merry Go Round (2nd Version)/ Merry-go-around/ Mood Indigo/ Moonglow/ Oh Babe! Maybe Someday/ Old King Dooji/ Old Man Blues/ Paducah/ Portrait Of The Lion/ Pussy Willow/ Rent Party Blues/ Ring Dem Bells/ Rockin' Rhythm/ Rocky Mountain Blues/ Rose Of The Rio Grande/ Saratoga Swing/ Serenade To Sweden/ Shout "em Aunt Tillie/ Slippery Horn/ Sloppy Joe/ Smorgasbord And Schnapps/ Snake Hip Dance/ Solid Old Man/ Solitude/ Solitude/ Sophisticated Lady/ Stevedore Stomp/ Stormy Weather/ Subtle Lament/ The Duke Steps Out/ The Gal From Joe's/ The Mystery Song/ The Sergeant Was Shy/ Tootin' Through The Root/ Troubled Waters/ Way Low/ Weely (a Portrait Of Billy Strayhorn)/ When My Sugar Walks Down The Street/ When You're Smiling/ You Can Count On Me/ You Gave Me The Gate (and I'm Swingin')/ Your Love Has Faded

 
ELLA FITZGERALD Verve 08923-02 Live At Mister Kelly's ● CD $19.98
2 CDs, 27 Tracks, 113 mins, highly recommended
Lest we forget what a massive talent Ella Fitzgerald was, here is a fantastic 2 disk set showcasing "The First Lady Of Song" in her prime. On this two-disk extravaganza we are treated to Ella blowing the roof off of Mister Kelly's nightclub in Chicago August 10th 1958. We get both the early and late shows here in all their glory. Ms. Fitzgerald wails, croons, scats and saunters through such vintage material as Your Red Wagon/ Across The Alley From The Alamo/ Bewitched/ Summertime/ S' Wonderful/ Witchcraft/ My Funny Valentine and many more. Not only does she put her indelible stamp on all of this classic material, she sings the band and song credits and scats through her interactions with the audience and if I'm not mistaken at one point she sings the phone book and it sounds just as good as St. Louis Blues. Accompanying her on this date are a simple but highly effective combo of Lou Levy on Piano, Max Bennett on Bass and Gus Johnson on drums. Fantastic stuff. (JM)

 
THE MILLS BROTHERS Acrobat 266 Hits And Rarities, 1934-1952 ● CD $7.98
20 tracks, 55 mins, highly recommended
The first seven tracks on this superb collection feature original brother and bass singer John Jr., who tragically died way too young in 1936 due to a bout of pneumonia. Instead of throwing in the towel on their blooming career, they made the unusual (in pop music) move of adding their father, John Sr., to take over the crucial forth part in their harmony, and the rest is history. Tracks go all the way up to 1952, representing their last chart hit Glow Worm. The Mills family business still goes on to this day, led by Donald's son John Jr. III who joined the group back in 1969. Every song on this is a highlight; Louis Armstrong makes a great guest appearance on Cherry. (JM)

 
HARRY RESER Document DOCD 1108 Trainin' The Fingers ● CD $15.98
Fine collection of 18 sides recorded for Edison between 1925 and 1929 featuring the great banjo player Harry Reser. Six of the tracks feature Harry accompanied by piano only on some dazzling instrumentals which seem almost classical in their feel. The remaining tracks feature Reser providing banjo rhythm accompaniment to various small jazz groups who are not identified in the notes but thanks to www.redhotjazz.com I can tell you are The Tennessee Happy Boys, Earl Oliver's Jazz Babies with Tom Stacks doing the vocals and Harry Reser's Rounders.

 
JIMMY SMITH Proper BOX 139 Electrifyin' ● CD $26.98
Jimmy Smith was the first musician to make the Hammond organ effectively serve as a whole group, providing walking bass lines with his feet, chordal accompaniment in his left hand, and a solo line with his right. This four CD set with 33 tracks features a fine selection of early sides from 1956/57 in both studio and live settings, accompanied by, among others, Donald Byrd, Lou Donaldson, Art Blakey & Kenny Burrell. Includes The Champ/ Groovy Date/ I'm Getting SEntimental Over You/ Plum Nellie/ There's A Small Hotel/ The Fight/ Buns A Plenty/ Blues After All/ After Hours/ Laura/ Lover Man and more.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 1107 Jazz And Blues On Edison, Volume 2 ● CD $15.98
18 tracks, 68 mins, recommended
Although Thomas Edison thought that jazz sounded best when played backwards this didn't prevent him from releasing some fine recordings of the music and this is Document's second collection of these recordings (complementing Document 1103) along with some blues. This opens with the 1917 recording of Pozo by The Frisco "Jass" Band - one of the first groups to use the word "jass" in its name and ends with vaudeville blues singer Eva Taylor's 1929 recording of West End Blues with accompaniment from pianist/ composer Clarence Williams. On this chronological survey we also here Noble Sissle & Eubie Blake doing a fine version of Crazy Blues in 1921, vaudeville singer Elsie Clark, Fletcher Henderson, Emma Johnson, Josie Miles, the important pioneer Wilbur Sweatman, The Five Harmoniacs, Phil Napoleon's Orchestra and others. One of the nice thing about Edison 78s is unlike most other labels their recordings were often more than three minutes long and some are more than four minutes! Sound quality is fine and there are brief notes in booklet with more extensive notes available on the Document web site. I guess they figure it's too bad if you don't have access to the internet. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Hot Club 89 The Best Of Gipsy Swing ● CD $27.98
20 track collection of recordings from the 90s continuing the tradition of Django Reinhardt and The Hot Club Of France. Inclues Robin Nolan Trio (featuring musicians from England, Australia and Holland), Stephane Grapelli Trio, Latcho Drom (France), Patrick Saussois & Alma Sinit (France), Basily (Holland), Guitars Unlimited (Sweden), Tony Green (USA), Walter Malo-Setti Trio (Argentina), Patrick Deasunay Trio (France), C apelino (Holland), Babik R e inhardt (Django's son) and others. Includes 28 page booklet with notes on all the artists.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Proper BOX 140 With My Little Ukulele In My Hand ● CD $26.98
Four CDs, 104 tracks, highly recommended
Delightful set featuring the humble but popular ukulele - a four string instrument developed in Hawaii in the late19th century based on the Portuguese braguinha and the name ukulele means "dancing flea" in Hawaiian and became used extensively in Hawaiian music primarily in the capacity of a rhythm instrument. The first disc features a selection of Hawaiian songs and tunes with ukulele ranging from 1916 through 1947 by artists like Hélène Louise & Frank Ferera's Hawaiians, King Nawahi's Hawaiians, Sol Hoopii and others. The instrument came to the U.S. mainland around 1915 where it was adopted by a wide range of musicians. The second disc features two novelty/ jazz artists - Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards and Johnny Marvin (the latter also recording as Honey Duke & His Uke and The Knickerbockers) performing a range of popular and jazz songs - Edwards was a versatile performer who is deserving of a box set of his own. The third disc is devoted exclusively to British music hall star George Formby "The Cheeky Chappy From Lancashire" - one of the most popular performers of the 30s with his amiable vocals, fine ukulele playing and novelty songs - sometimes with a risqué flavor. The final disc features a varied selection of material including 13 tracks by the great Jimmie Rodgers whose recordings usually featured the ukulele in tandem with the steel guitar. There are four tracks from the brilliant string instrument master Roy Smeck including a couple of dazzling ukulele instrumentals showing just how versatile the instrument could be. Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby give us a couple of Hawaiian flavored numbers each and the set ends with a couple of jazz ukulele instrumentals by Lyle Ritz accompanied by flute, bass & drums. Superb sound, detailed notes by Adam Komorowski in 48 page booklet and full discographical info. (FS)
DISC ONE - HAWAIIAN HULA: HELEN LOUISE & FRANK FERERA HAWAIIANS - Kai Maia Oka Maoli/ KALAMA'S QUARTET - Medley Of Hulas/ SAM KU WEST HARMONY BOYS - Wang Wang Blues/ KANE'S HAWAIIANS - Palolo/ SOL HOOPII & HIS NOVELTY TRIO - Lepe Ula Ula/ SOL HOOPII - Farewell Blues/ KING NAWAHI'S HAWAIIANS - Tickling The Strings/ SOL HOOPII - Uheuhene/ MM RIVIERES HAWAIIANS - Ellis March/ E Mama Ea/ He Aloha No O Honolulu/ HAWAIIAN BEACH COMBERS - My Girl From The South Sea Isles /KING NAWAHI'S HAWAIIANS - Mauna Kea/ GEORGIA JUMPERS - Ukulele Bennie/ Guitar Rhythm/ JOHNNY NOBLE & HIS HAWAIIAN MUSIC - Hilo E/ Lei Ohu/ SOL HOOPII - I Like You/ ANDY IONA & HIS ISLANDERS - Minehaha (Hawaiian Stomp)/ Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wa-I/ SOL HOOPII & HIS NOVELTY QUARTETTE - Hula Blues/ LANI MCINTIRE & HIS HAWAIIANS - Kaneohe/ LANI MCINTIRE & HIS ORCHESTRA - Hame Pila/ HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS - Tiger Shark/ DICK MCINTIRE & HIS HARMONY HAWAIIANS - Hilo March/ ANDY CUMMINS & HIS HAWAIIAN SERENADERS - Kawika DISC TWO - OH HOW (S)HE COULD PLAY THE UKULELE: CLIFF "UKULELE IKE" EDWARDS - Hard Hearted Hannah/ Somebody Loves Me/ Fascinatin' Rhythm/ Oh Lady Me Good/ Who Takes Care Of The Caretakers Daughter/ CLIFF "UKULELE IKE" EDWARDS & HIS HOT COMBINATION - Dinah/ Sunday/ I'm Tellin' The Birds I'm Tellin' The Bees/ CLIFF "UKULELE IKE" EDWARDS -(I'm Crying Cause I Know) I'm Losing You/ Halfway To Heaven/ UKULELE IKE - That's My Weakness Now/ CLIFF "UKULELE IKE" EDWARDS - I Can't Make Her Happy (That Old Girl Of Mine)/ Good Little Bad Little You/ Singin' In The Rain/ Hush My Mouth (If I Ain't Goin' South)/ CLIFF "UKULELE IKE" EDWARDS WITH THE ETON BOYS - Love Is Just Around The Corner/ One Little Kiss/ CLIFF "UKULELE IKE" EDWARDS WITH ANDY IONA & THE ISLANDERS - Somebody Loves Me/ JOHNNY MARVIN - Breezin' Along With The Breeze/ HONEY DUKE & HIS UKE - So Is Your Old Lady/ THE KNICKERBOCKERS - Half A Moon/ JOHNNY MARVIN - Deed I Do/ Oh How She Could Play The Ukulele/ Crazy Words Crazy Tune/ Me And My Shadow/ Magnolia DISC THREE - I'M THE UKULELE MAN: GEORGE FORMBY - Chinese Laundry Blues/ I Told My Baby With My Ukulele/ Sitting On The Ice In The Ice Rink/ With My Little Ukelele In My Hand/ Swimmin' With Wimmin'/ The Wedding Of Mr Wu/ Fanlight Fanny/ Riding In The TT Races/ Share And Share Alike/ When I'm Cleaning Windows/ Leaning On A Lampost/ With My Little Stick Of Blackpool Rock/ The Lancashire Torreador/ Oh Dear Mother/ Hindoo Man/ Hi-Tiddly-Hi-Ti- Island/ Our Sergeant Major/ Springtime's Here Again/ I Wonder Who's Under Her Balcony Now/ I Blew A Little Blast On My Whistle/ Grandad's Flanelette Shirt/ It's A Grand And Healthy Life/ It's Turned Out Nice Again/ The Wu's A Window Cleaner Now/ I'm The Ukulele Man/ We've Been A Long Time Gone DISC FOUR - FROM COUNTRY TO JAZZ UKULELE BOUNCE: VAUGHN DE LEATH -Ukulele Lady/ ROY SMECK - 12th Street Rag/ Tiger Rag/ Nifty Pickin'/ JIMMIE RODGERS - Dear Old Sunny South By The Sea/ Everybody Does It In Hawaii/ For The Sake Of Days Gone By/ I'm Lonesome Too/ Looking For A New Mama/ Moonlight And Skies/ Take Me Back Again/ The One Rose/ Train Whistle Blues/ Tuck Away My Lonesome Blues/ Whisper Your Mother's Name/ Why Should I Be Lonely/ My Time Ain't Long/ ROY SMECK - Ukulele Bounce/ LOUIS ARMSTRONG - To You Sweetheart Aloha/ On Cocoanut Island/ JIMMIE DAVIS - Nobody's Darling But Mine/ The Greatest Mistake Of My Life/ BING CROSBY - Blue Hawaii/ Sweet Leilani/ LYLE RITZ - Ritz Cracker/ Playmates

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Putumayo 270 New Orleans Brass ● CD $13.98
11 tracks, 48 mins, fans only
Listening to this CD, I tended to feel like a tourist. Sure there is spot on playing by a lot of New Orleans natives, it's just all a little too spot on and precision re-hashing of such a fantastic musical style leaves me a bit cold. Decent tracks by The Yockamo All-Stars, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band with DR. John, Preservation Hall Hot 4, Kermit Ruffins, Dukes of Dixieland and more. (JM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Rex 306 Just For Laughs ● CD $18.98
2 CDs, 50 tracks, 151 mins, highly recommended
What does a California guy like me know about 1940's British comedy? Well for one thing I know Bombing on Stage meant a whole different thing over there. and I'd like to think that I know funny in any dialect. This collection is comprised in about a 70/30 ratio English and American comedians of the day. Greats like George Formby, Frankie Howard, Jimmy Durante, Spike Jones, Frank Crumit, Phil Harris and even Louis Armstrong (with his The Dummy Song) are featured and plenty more besides. Vintage songs like I Never See Maggie Alone/ Takes Two To Tango/ Leaning On A Lamppost/ A Chicken Ain't Nothing But A Bird and I'm A Vulture For Horticulture are largely still hilarious and highly entertaining to this day. This is easily one of the best of these old-time comedy collections that I have heard and I enjoyed pretty much every one of the 50 tracks on here. (JM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Smith & Co. 1143 Great British Jazz - Just About As Good As It Gets ● CD $15.98
Two CD set surveying British traditional jazz recorded between 1950 and 1956. 46 sides in all from The Cy Laurie Jazz Band, Eric Silk & His Southern Jazz Band, Humphrey Lyttleton, Bobby Micklelburgh's Bobcats, Ken Colyer's Jazzmen, The Sains Jazz Band, Alex Welsh, George Melly with Mick Mulligan's Jazz Band, Acker Bilk & His Paraount Jazz Band, Chris Barber's New Orleans Jazz Band, The Yorkshire Jazz Band and others.
CHRIS BARBER'S JAZZ BAND: Bourbon Street Parade-When The Saints Go Marching In/ Petite Fleur/ Tiger Rag/ CHRIS BARBER'S NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND: Misty Morning/ Stomp Off, Let's Go/ ERIC BATTY'S JAZZ ACES: Saratoga Swing/ ACKER BILK & HIS PARAMOUNT JAZZ BAND: Gettysburg March/ Gravier Street Blues/ SANDY BROWN'S JAZZ BAND: Dr Jazz/ King Porter Stomp/ DAVE CAREY JAZZ BAND: Brown Skin Mama/ Kansas City Kitty/ KEN COLYER'S JAZZMEN: Heebie Jeebies/ KEN COLYER'S JAZZ BAND: Papa Dip/ THE CRANE RIVER JAZZ BAND: Creole Love Call/ CY LAURIE JAZZ BAND: Forty & Tight/ Royal Garden Blues/ Steamboat Stomp/ Tuxedo Junction/ TERRY LIGHTFOOT & HIS JAZZMEN: Panama/ You Always Hurt The One You Love/ HUMPHREY LYTTELTON FEAT. JOHHNY PARKER: Bad Penny Blues/ HUMPHREY LYTTELTON: East Coast Trot/ Ruritanian Blues/ GEORGE MELLY WITH MICK MULLIGAN & HIS JAZZ BAND: Organ Grinder Blues/ GEORGE MELLY WITH MICK MULLIGAN'S JAZZ BAND: You've Got The Right Key, But The Wrong Keyhole/ THE MERSEYSIPPI JAZZ BAND: Chicago Buzz/ Emperor Norton's Hunch/ BOBBY MICKELBURGH'S BOBCATS: Livery Stable Blues/ BOBBY MICKLEBURGH'S BOBCATS: Struttin' With Some Barbecue/ MICK MULLIGAN & HIS JAZZ BAND: Shanty In Old Shanty Town/ Snag It/ FREDDY RANDALL: Clarinet Blues/ FREDDIE RANDALL: Since My Best Girl Turned Me Down/ THE SAINTS JAZZ BAND: Blue Turning Grey/ Boogie Woogie Stomp/ Mahogany Hall Stomp/ Ory's Creole Trombone/ ERIC SILK & HIS SOUTHERN JAZZ BAND: Chasing The Ace/ Gatemouth/ ERIC SILK & HIS SOUTHERN JAZZ: Over In The Glory Land/ ALEX WELSH: Keeping Out Of Mischief Now/ New Orleans Masquerade/ THE YORKSHIRE JAZZ BAND: Chimes Blues/ Savoy Blues/ She's Crying For Me

 
FATS WALLER Collectables 6923 Classic Jazz From Rare Piano Rolls ● CD $12.98
13 tracks, recommended
Previously on Biograph. Interesting collection of a dozen rolls cut by Fats for QRS & Play-A-Roll, 1923-27, in that only Squeeze Me is a Waller composition, with the rest being Fats' interpretations of vaudeville & blues tunes including T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do/ I'm Coming Virginia, & an amazing duet with James P. Johnson on If I Could Be With You. Bonus 13th track has a 1927 roll of Ain't Misbehavin' cut for QRS by J. Lawrence Cook. (GM)

 
NAT M. WILLS Archeophone 5011 The Famous Tramp Comedian ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, 77 min, good
Wills was recording song parodies long before Weird Al was even a glimmer in his daddy's eye. Known in vaudeville as a "tramp comedian," Wills was even more popular than Charlie Chaplin at one time. Part of the humor of his act was derived from the contrast of his tramp-like appearance and his upper-crust elocution. Of course, some of that is lost on record. Still, any serious student of comedy will find much of interest in these routines, recorded between 1908-1917. Wills best-loved set piece, No News, Or What Killed The Dog anticipates comedians such as Bob Newhart by 50 years or so. Just as the punning of Reformed Love anticipates Groucho in the early Marx Brothers films. Though this release is not for everyone, and listeners must be willing to endure references to "big, tall darkies" and the like, Wills comedic formula still works. And this represents all of his comic routines committed to wax (or shellac). (JC)

 

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