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NEWSLETTER #135
Jazz, Dance Bands & Vocalists
Albert Ayler ->
Mary Lou Williams
 

 

 
ALBERT AYLER Revenant 213 Holy Ghost - Rare & Unissued Recordings, 1962-1970 ● CD $97.98
9 discs + book etc in deluxe box, essential
If you think you MAY like Ayler, this is not the place to start. If you're any kind of fan, this is a must! In the tradition of their last major set, the Charlie Patton box, Revenent does another outstanding set for another American primitive. The set is housed in a repro of a hand-carved spirit box with loving mementos - a photo as a boy, a hand written note from a Euro hotel, a real pressed flower, a program for a trio performance. A repro of a '69 small press jazz mag Cricket, & 9 discs, here as loving keepsakes in colored vellum envelopes. The 1st 7 are all music, mostly performances but does have a demo session for the "New Grass" LP. The set covers his whole career, from a 1962 trio performance from Finland to a French concert from July, 1970, his second to last performance. In between there's such legendary performances as a 22 minute Four done with the Cecil Taylor Quartet with Jimmy Lyons in Copenhagen '62, a performance in '68 with the Pharoah Sanders for an unreleased LP, Albert sitting in with his brother Donald's band in '69 with Sam Rivers on tenor. There's also such landmarks as Albert's set at the 1967 Newport Jazz Festival & playing Love Cry at Coltrane's funeral. My fave may be the 2 discs showcasing 3 nights at Cleveland's La Cave in '66 with scenester & future Firesign Theater Peter Bergman as MC. The quintet included a young white Euro violinist Michel Samson who sat in & ended up staying - the opening Spirits Rejoice from the first night almost sound like Euro folk! The final two discs have a multitude of very informative interviews including an almost hour-long conversation with a Japanese journalist & a post-death interview with Don Cherry. I don't know if I'm the only one who's gone through all 10 discs, but I haven't seen any reviews mention that there are hidden bonus tracks on the two interview discs. There's also an 8-min bonus disc that has 2 performances of Albert in rehearsal with the 76th US AG Band. This is all tied up with a 250 page hard-cover book with exhaustive info on Albert, including full info on all the recordings, bios & pics of all the musicians Albert played with, essays by Val Wilmer, Amiri Baraka & Ben Young, & a timeline with every single Ayler performance with lineup & whether it was recorded! (GM)

 
COUNT BASIE Eagle Eye 39055 Jazz in Montreux Presents Count Basie Jam '75 ● CD $10.98
DVD One of a series of eight DVDs produced by Norman Granz featuring legendary jazz musicians captured live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in the 70s. This one has four extended jams with Basie plus Roy Eldridge, Johnny Griffin, Milt Jackson, Niels Pedersen and Louis Bellson.

 
RAY BRYANT Eagle Eye 39056 Jazz in Montreux Presents Ray Bryant '77 ● CD $10.98
DVD 10 solo tunes - Take The "A" Train/ Jungle Town Jubilee/ Django/ Satin Doll/ St. Louis Blues, etc.

 
BENNY CARTER Eagle Eye 39051 Jazz in Montreux Presents Benny Carter '77 ● CD $10.98
DVD Five tunes with Ray Bryant, Jimmie Smith and Niels Pedersen.

 
NAT KING COLE Eagle Eye 39034 When I Fall in Love - The One and Only Nat King Cole ● CD $17.98
DVD 20 performances drawn from Nat's T.V. show including duets with Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis, The Mills Brothers and others. Also includes interviews with Nat's wife and children, his brother Freddy and the producer/ director of the series Bob Henry.

 
MILES DAVIS Proper Intro 2011 Enigma - A Proper Introduction To Miles Davis ● CD $9.98
16 tracks, 73 min, highly recommended Nice introduction to Miles' pre-Columbia years recordings. This set comprises his Prestige recordings done '52-53 with such sidemen as Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean, JJ Johnson, John Lewis, Percy Heath, Max Roach, & his old boss/mentor Charlie Parker heard here on 2 tunes playing tenor instead of his usual alto sax - The Serpent's Tooth/ 'Round About Midnght. Tunes include Tempus Fugit/ Dig/ Dear Old Stockholm/ Ray's Idea, the title tune etc. With 8 page booklet. (GM)

 
ROY ELDRIDGE Eagle Eye 39054 Jazz in Montreux Presents Roy Eldridge '77 ● CD $10.98
DVD Five tunes with Oscar Peterson/ piano, Niels Pedersen/ bass and Bobby Durham/ drums

 
DUKE ELLINGTON Acrobat 179 In Small Bands ● CD $10.98
25 tracks, 73 min, essential
Sometimes I think my favorite music of all time is small group 30s jazz. And as my fave band is Duke Ellington's, what could be better than a small group with Duke at the keys? This features bands led by 4 of his great soloists - Rex Stewart with his 52nd St. Stompers (Tea & Trumpets), His Big 7 (Digga Digga Doo),& His Orch. (Subtle Slough AKA Just Squeeze Me) Cootie Williams & His Rug-Cutters (Delta Mood), Barney Bigard Orch (C Blues), & of course, the master, Johnny Hodges Orch. (The Jeep Is Jumpin/ Squatty Roo/ Things Ain't What They Used To Be). Recorded 1938-41 with the Duke's crew as sidemen, including Jimmy Blanton, Ben Webster, Tricky Sam Nanton, Lawrence Brown, Harry Carney etc. (GM)

 
DUKE ELLINGTON Columbia 87043 Masterpieces By Ellington ● CD $11.98
7 tracks, 55 min, essential
Reissue of Columbia 4418 from '51. Starting in the early days of LPs, artists were sometimes invited to re-record their older material to take advantage of both the LP's longer playing time & recording quality (Hifi anyone?) In 1950, The Duke brought his great 40s band (it would soon splinter as stalwarts Johnny Hodges, Lawrence Brown & Sonny Greer would leave in '51 to be in Hodges' R & B-ish band. Duke wrote a new piece, The Tattooed Bride, & had mostly concert versions of Mood Indigo (nearly 16 min long!), Sophisticated Lady & Solitude. Sound quality is amazing! This new re-issue adds 3 bonus tracks from '51, which feature new drummer Louis Bellson - Vagabonds which was only released on a Franklin Mint LP, & two 45-only sides, 'Smada released on Okeh & Rock Skippin' At The Blue Note from Columbia. (GM)

 
DUKE ELLINGTON Columbia 87044 Festival Session ● CD $11.98
54 min, 12 tracks, highly recommended
Reissue of Columbia 1400 from 1959. With the Orch as strong as it ever was - including such stalwarts as Johnny Hodges, Clark Terry, Cat Anderson, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney, Ray Nance, Russell Procope & Jimmy Hamilton, Duke did a few things in twos. There's re-working of two old tunes, Perdido & Things Ain't What They Used To Be. Then there's two new tunes, Launching Pad & Copout Extension (actually a re-working of the earlier Copout, but extended to 8+ min). Finally there are two new suites, Idiom '59, which featured the two clarinets of Procope & Hamilton, & finally Duael Fuel, which features the two drummers (in stereo!) Sam Woodyard & Jimmy Johnson, with Johnson's solo here unedited for the first time. In keeping with twos, there's two previously unissued bonus tracks, VIP's Boogie & Jam With Sam, where all the soloists get introduced by Duke. (GM)

 
DUKE ELLINGTON Columbia 87066 Ellington Uptown ● CD $11.98
13 tracks, 78 min, highly recommended
Reissue of Columbia Masterworks, which was issued 3 times in 3 different configurations starting in 1953 (one issue as called "Hifi Ellington Uptown"). The first issue had a brand new tune by a brand new band - new drummer Louis Bellson leads off with a drum-filled Skin Deep, followed by extended re-recordings of four Duke classics, including a 15 min Tone Parallel To Harlem & a brand-new version of Take The A Train with Betty Roche' scatting the lyrics, plus Perdido & The Mooche. The second issue took off Harlem & added another new suite, The Controversial Suite from 12/51. The final version took off Perdido & added The Liberian Suite, which begins with I Love The Sunrise. Now all the material is in one place, with fantastic sound. (GM)

 
ELLA FITZGERALD & COUNT BASIE Eagle Eye 39057 Jazz in Montreux Presents Ella & Basie '79 ● CD $10.98
DVD 15 songs featuring the great vocalist accompanied by the Basie Orchestra.

 
ELLA FITZGERALD Proper BOX 74 Romance And Rhythm ● CD $25.98
4 discs,100 tracks, essential
Outstanding collection surveying the development of Ella, from teen band girl to bopper to mature interpreter of The Great American Songbook. Starting off as girl singer for the famed Chick Webb Orch & having the enormous hit A Tisket A Tasket (& also a guest spot as Benny Goodman's thrush in a 11/38 session), Ella fronted Webb's band after the leader died, & it became Ell Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orch. Until she went "solo" in '41. During this time she made some great tunes with such guest stars as The Ink Spots, The 4 Tunes, The Mills Bros, Louis Jordan & Louis Armstrong. By the mid-40s she polished up her scat, with an especially fine version of How High The Moon here. The set ends with the first of her definitive Songbook recordings with Ellis Larkin, with a beautiful selection of Gershwin tunes including Someone TO Watch Over Me & I've Got A Crush On. With 52 page booklet. (GM)

 
ELLA FITZGERALD Proper Intro 2009 Smooth Sailing - A Proper Introduction To Ella Fitzgerald ● CD $9.98
22 tracks, 72 min, highly recommended
If you want to get a taste of Ella, but don't want the 4 disc Proper Box, then this might serve as a good intro. Except for the opening Flying Home from '45, this set focuses on the early 50's (50-52 to be exact). The first 13 tunes are also on the Proper Box, but includes her first Songbook with 8 Gershwin tunes. What you do get with this set that's not on the other is an entire set from JATP (Jazz At The Philharmonic) from Tokyo in '52, including 8 tunes backed by a piano quartet that includes Herb Ellis on guitar, & the concert's all-star finale of Perdido with musicians including Ben Webster, Oscar Peterson, Flip Phillips, Benny Carter & Roy Eldridge! With 8 page booklet. (GM)

 
BABS GONZALES Proper Intro 2052 Real Crazy - A Proper Introductions To Babs Gonzales ● CD $9.98
23 tracks, 63 min, essential
BeBop's biggest cheerleader & most exuberant vocalist, the king of bop, complete with shades, goatee & beret! I first heard Babs many years ago on a Capitol Bebop compilation doing Capitolizing & Professor Bop (both here) & I was hooked! Just a glance at the titles will give you an idea what happening here - starting with his first group 3 Bips & A Bop from '47 doing Oop-Pop-A-Da/ Lop-Pow/ Dob Bla Bli & Weird Lullabye, featuring the great Tadd Dameron on piano. As a solo he went on to Prelude To A Nightmare/ Real Crazy, & a lesson on how to sing bop, You'll Be Boppin' Too. He was also very adept at putting nonsense syllables to such tunes as The Continental/ St. Louis Blues ("They're boppin' Mr. Handy's tune")/ Stomping At The Savoy, & Bird's Ornithology done as The Boss Is Back. The music matches the lyrics, with such greats as Art Pepper, Sonny Rollins, Don Redmond, Ray Nance, Wynton Kelly, Johnny Griffin & Buddy Tate. With 8 page booklet. (GM)

 
KIMBERLY GORDON TRIO The Sirens 5009 Melancholy Serenade ● CD $15.98
11 tracks, 54 minutes, excellent
A well-respected jazz critic once wrote of Kimberly Gordon saying "...if sapphires could sing, I imagine they'd have a similar sound." There is little (if anything) that can be added to praise as high as that other than to say this is simply a tremendous set of wonderful jazz. Gordon's voice soars the Chicago skyline as much as it walks the dark and cold streets and her covers of Ellington's I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good/ What Am I Here For, and I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues are incredible. Chris Foreman's piano work and Joe Policastro's double bass lay a smooth foundation while Gordon's vocals are delectable, sexy, and heartfelt. (CR)

 
ART HICKMAN'S ORCHESTRA Archeophone 6003 The San Francisco Sound ● CD $14.98
25 tracks, 76 min, highly recommended
No, the San Francisco Sound here isn't the Dead/Airplane/Quicksilver. It was the new sound of the hot dance orchestras. Hickman was the 1st of the hot orchs to add both banjo & sax to his sound, & also was the first San Francisco orchestra to be hired on an ongoing basis by a major hotel, here the St. Francis. In 1919 the orchestra went to New York for a stay at The Biltmore Hotel & the Columbia recording studios, which is where the majority of this disc is from. Between Sept 15-26 the Orch recorded 22 tunes, 20 of which are here. Includes the original version of Rose Room, later on one of Benny Goodman's biggest hits. Also includes a fine medley of Hesitating Blues/ Beale St. Blues. With 22 page booklet full of exhaustive notes, pics & recording info. (GM)

 
MILT JACKSON & RAY BROWN Eagle Eye 39052 Jazz in Montreux Presents Milt Jackson & Ray Brown '77 ● CD $10.98
DVD Five tunes with Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis/ tenor sax, Clark Terry/ trumpet and Monty Alexander/ piano.

 
SPIKE JONES Collector's Choice 329 (Not) Your Standard Spike Jones Collection ● CD $29.98
Three CDS, 81 tracks, highly recommended
Great collection of Standard radio transcriptions recorded between 1941 and 1945 by the master of musical mayhem recorded with his original band. The material ranges from recordings with the drummerless City Slickers, with Spike on washboard, cowbells, etc. sounding like a Dixieland band going berserk to straight ahead dance band sides with Spike on drums. It includes re-recordings of quite a few of his Bluebird hits along with tracks that were unique to the transcriptions including the original recording of his onslaught on Cocktails For Two which he recorded later for Victor and became his biggest hit. These sessions were cut during the war and include some patriotic songs like You're A Sap Mr. Jap/ Sailor With The Navy Blue Eyes/ Yankee Doodler and the immortal Der Fuehrer's Face though this version is "censored" with the rasberry replaced with a trombone! Lots of other goodies like Sheik Of Araby/ Never Hit Your Grandma With A Shovel/ Chlo-e/ Fort Worth Jail/ Boogie Woogie Cowboy/ De Camptown Races/ St-St-St-Stella/ Come Josephine In My Flying Machine/ Down In Jungle Town/ Liebestraum/ Down By The O-Hi-O/ They Go Wild Simply Wild Over Me and lots more. Sound quality is excellent and the set includes an 8 page booklet with notes and recording details. (FS)

 
CHARLES MINGUS Proper BOX 77 The Young Rebel ● CD $25.98
Four CD set with 88 tracks tracing the early history of this great jazz bassist from 1945 to 1953. It includes his work as a bandleader as well as a sideman in the bands of Illinois Jacquet, Lucky Thompson, Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo, Miles Davis and others.

 
OSCAR PETERSON TRIO Eagle Eye 39050 Jazz in Montreux Presents Oscar Peterson Trio '77 ● CD $10.98
DVD This volume features nine tunes - three solo and six where Peterson is joined by two bassists - Niels Pederson and Ray Brown.

 
ARTIE SHAW Acrobat ACRD 199 Begin The Beguine ● CD $10.98
22 tracks, 66 min, excellent
First volume of a series of discs to survey Shaw's output. Though we usually think of Shaw beginning with having a huge hit with his first Bluebird disc, the title tune from '38. However, this starts earlier with seven of his 1937 Brunswick sides including Night & Day, the double-sided The Chant & Shoot The Likker To Me John Boy. It's after that we get into the classic Bluebird stuff, including Any Old Time, the only appearance on record of Billie Holiday's brief tenure with Shaw, plus Back Bay Shuffle/ Stardust and more. (GM)

 
EARMA THOMPSON The Sirens 5008 Just In Time ● CD $15.98
11 tracks, 49 minutes, recommended
Even if Earma Thompson isn't a name recognized by many fans of piano, it should be. Chicago's golden era of jazz and blues gets a hearty remembrance on this all too short trip back in time but it's something to be treasured and enjoyed over and over again. Billie's Bounce/ Back At The Chicken Shack/ After Hours, and I Remember You swing relentlessly with Thompson's touch on the ivories and John Whitfield's bass while John Brumbach delivers throaty tenor saxophone to Miles Davis' Vierd Blues and Gene Ammons' Ger-ru (CR)

 
VARIOU Le Chant Du Monde 574 1201 Les Tresors Du Jazz, 1898-1943 ● CD $69.98
Very nice 10 CD box set featuring 231 tracks tracing the history of jazz from the cakewalks and rags of the turn of the 20th century to the rise of swing in the late 30s and early 40s. With the exception of the very first cut (a 1954 recording of Big Bill Broonzy singing Joe Turner Blues - a song that dates from around 1890) the tracks are presented in chronological order allowing us to hear how the music changed and developed over the years as well tracing the history of individual artists. Sound quality is excellent and the set comes with two booklets - one with notes in French and full discographical details and the other has the notes translated into English. Among the many artists you will hear are Vess L. Ossman, Eubie Blake, King Oliver, Piron's New Orleans OrchestraLouis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers, Ma Rainey, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, McKinney's Cotton Pickers, Mound City Blue Blowers, Red Nichols & His Five Pennies, Sidney Bechet, Spirits Of Rhythm, Louis Prima, Henry "Red" Allen, Robert Johnson, Count Basie, Eddie South, Lionel Hampton, Slim & Slam, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Glenn Miller, Fats Waller, Jimmy Yancey, Benny Carter, The Chocolate Dandies, Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Mildred Bailey, Earl Hines, Coleman Hawkins and many more. A perfect introduction to the music that will also be an entertaining listen for the connoisseur.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fremeaux & Associes 067 From Cake-Walk To Ragtime ● CD $25.98
Two CD set with 36 tracks chronicling the early years in the development of jazz including J.Cullen & W. Collins, Sousa's Band, Orchestre Anonyme, Ossman-Dudley Trio, Vess L. Ossman, W. Ditcham, Prince's Orchestra, J. Charman & W. Miller, Joyce's Orchestra, Europe's Society Orchestra, Joseph Moskovitz, etc.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 921 Breaking Out Of New Orleans, 1922-1929 ● CD $28.98
4 discs, 101 tracks, essential
Another wonderful JSP budget box set. This is not the well-known New Orleans jazz - there's no Louis Armstrong solo sides (though he's part of the Red Onion Jazz Babies), & the only other well-known name here is Kid Ory's Sunshine Orch. Here are multiple (& in many cases complete) recordings of hard-core N.O.jazz. Includes Original Tuxedo Jazz Band/Celestine's Original Tuxedo Orch, Louis Dumaine's Jazzola 8, Jones & Collins Astoria 8, Sam Morgan's Jazz Band, Piron's New Orleans Orch, the legendary Red Onion Jazz Babies w/Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Buster Bailey & Lil Armstrong. Legendary trumpeter Freddie Keppard is heard with Erskine Tate's Vendome Orch. & the Doc Cook led bands Cook's Dreamland Orch/Cookie's Gingersnaps as well as his own Jazz Cardinals. Ory, besides his famous Sunshine Band sides is heard with The New Orleans Wanderers, The New Orleans Bootblacks & The Chicago Footwarmers. Those bands also featured famed clarinetist Johnny Dodds, who is also heard with his own Black Bottom Stompers. As this is a budget set, there are limited liner notes & no discographical info, but there is full personnel & recording dates & LOTS of great music! (GM)
CELESTIN'S ORIGINAL TUXEDO ORCHESTRA: As You Like It/ Dear Almanzoer/ Give Me Some More/ I'm Satisfied You Love Me/ It's A Jam Up/ Just For You, Dear, I'm Crying(Take 1)/ Just For You, Dear, I'm Crying(Take 1)/ My Josephine/ Papa's Got The Jim-Jams/ Station Calls (Take 1)/ Station Calls (Take 2)/ Ta Ta Daddy/ The Sweetheart Of The TKO/ When I'm With You/ THE CHICAGO FOOTWARMERS: A Brush Stomp/ Ballin' The Jack/ Brown Bottom Bess/ Get 'Em Again Blues/ Grandma's Ball/ Lady Love/ My Baby/ My Girl/ Oriental Man/ Sweep 'Em Clean/ COOK AND HIS DREAMLAND ORCHESTRA: Brown Sugar/ Here Comes The Hot Tamale Man!/ High Fever/ Spanish Mama/ COOK'S DREAMLAND ORCHESTRA: Lonely Little Wallflower/ Moanful Man/ Scissor Grinder Joe/ So This Is Venice/ The Memphis Maybe Man/ The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else/ COOKIE'S GINGERSNAPS: Here Comes The Hot Tamale Man/ High Fever/ Love Found You For Me/ Messin' Around/ JOHNNY DODDS' BLACK BOTTOM STOMPERS: After You've Gone (C-1239)/ After You've Gone (C-1241)/ Come On And Stomp, Stomp, Stomp/ Joe Turner Blues/ When Erastus Plays His Old Kazoo/ LOUIS DUMAINE'S JAZZOLA EIGHT: Franklin Street Blues/ Pretty Audrey/ Red Onion Drag/ To-Bac-A-Wa/ JONES AND COLLINS ASTORIA HOT EIGHT: Astoria Strut/ Damp Weather/ Duet Stomp/ Tip Easy Blues/ FREDDIE KEPPARD'S JAZZ CARDINALS: Salty Dog(Take 1)/ Salty Dog(Take 2)/ Stock Yards Strut/ FATE MARABLE'S SOCIETY SYNCOPATORS: Frankie And Johnny/ Pianoflage/ SAM MORGAN'S JAZZ BAND: Boogalousa Strut/ Bouncing Around/ Down By The Riverside/ Everybody's Talking About Sammy/ Mobile Stomp/ Over In The Gloryland/ Short Dress Gal/ Sing On/ Steppin' On The Gas/ THE NEW ORLEANS BOOTBLACKS: Flat Foot/ THE NEW ORLEANS WANDERERS: Gate Mouth/ THE NEW ORLEANS BOOTBLACKS: I Can't Say/ Mad Dog/ THE NEW ORLEANS WANDERERS: Mixed Salad/ Papa Dip/ Perdido Street Blues/ Too Tight/ ORIGINAL TUXEDO JAZZ BAND: Black Rag/ Careless Love/ Original Tuxedo Rag/ ORY'S SUNSHINE ORCHESTRA: Krooked Blues/ Maybe Some Day/ Ory's Creole Trombone/ Society Blues/ That Sweet Something Dear/ When You're All Alone Blues/ PIRON'S NEW ORLEANS ORCHESTRA: Bright Star Blues/ Do Just As I Say/ Do-Doodle-Oom/ Ghost Of The Blues/ Kiss Me Sweet/ Louisiana Blues/ Mama's Gone, Goodbye/ New Orleans Wiggle/ Red Man Blues/ Sitting On A Curbstone Blues/ Sud Bustin' Blues/ West Indies Blues/ West Indies Blues/ THE RED ONION JAZZ BABIES: All The Wrongs You Done Me/ Cake-Walking Babies (From Home)/ Santa Claus Blues/ Terrible Blues/ ERSKINE TATE'S VENDOME ORCHESTRA: Chinaman Blues/ Cutie Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Proper BOX 76 The Arranger's Touch ● CD $25.98
Four CD set with 90 tracks providing an overview of the development of the arranger in jazz. From early beginnings in the work of Jelly Roll Morton, arranging became a skill that was highly prized during the days of the big bands and played a significant role in the evolution of bop. This collection includes examples of this development from the 20s through the 50s. Includes recordings by Jelly Roll Morton & His Red Hot Peppers, Glen Gray & His Casa Loma Orchestra, Benny Carter & His Orchestra, Jimmy Lunceford & His Orchestra, Benny Goodman & His Orchestra, Bob Crosby & His Orchestra, Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Gene Krupa and His Orchestra, Cab Calloway & His Orchestra, Horace Henderson & His Orch., Count Basie & His Orch., Tommy Dorsey & His Orch., Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds Of Joy, George Auld & His Orch., Billy Eckstine & His Orch., Stan Kenton & His Orch., George Handy & His Orch., Dizzy Gillespie & His Och., Miles Davis & His Orch., Gigi Gryce & His Orch and many more.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Retrieval 79043 Pioneer Recording Bands, 1917-1920 ● CD $13.98
24 track collection remastered by John R.T. Davies featuring The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Earl Fuller's Famous Jazz Band, Original New Orleans Jazz Band, Gorman's Novelty Syncopaters, The Louisiana Five, Jimmy Durante's Jazz Band and The Whiteway Jazz Band. With notes by Mark Berresford.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Savoy Jazz 17289 Giants Of Jazz - Ballads ● CD $9.98
11 tracks, 49 min, recommended
From Savoy's Giants Of Jazz series, a budget reissue line of beautifully remastered gems from the catalog, come this fine late-night set. As with others in this series, there are no dates, personnel or any other recording info, but the strength is in the music. Starting off with Charlie Parker's How Deep Is The Ocean (with an especially nice JJ Johnson trombone solo), there's also an especially nice solo guitar version of Sophisticated Lady By Larry Coryell, a duet of Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most with Houston Person & Ron Carter, Cannonball Adderly's rendition of Willow Weep For Me. (GM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Swing Time 2014 Original Dance Music Of The 20s and 30s - Volume 2 ● CD $14.98
25 tracks, 76 min, recommended
Another solid set of fine dance tunes with excellent sound, or as it's subtitled "Digitally restored & remastered". There's some familiar names here, including McKinney's Cotton Pickers - If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight, Jean Goldkette Orch - My Pretty Girl, The Jan Garber Orch - Back In Your Own Back Yard, & The Victor Young Orch with The Boswell Sisters - I Found A Million Dollar Baby, as well as the classic Won't You Come Over To My House by Julia Lee with George Lee's Novelty Orch. However, there's plenty of good obscurities including a few by Snooks Friedman's Memphis Stompers, The Halfway House Orch & The Bert Firman Orch. No discographical info, just a lot of great music. (GM)

 
BERT WILLIAMS Archeophone 5004 The Early Years, 1901-1909 ● CD $14.98
31 tracks, 76 min, highly recommended
The final volume of the great Black comedian's recorded legacy. This set starts out with Bert with his original partner George Walker as Williams & Walker, the first Black stars of stage & even Ziegfield! The pair made a number of recordings in both 7” (2 min.) & 10” (3 min) 78 rpm format, with both versions of many tunes here. These were the fruits of sessions for Victor Monarch in Oct & Nov '01, & include She's Getting More Like The White Folk/ The Phrenologist Coon & My Little Zulu Babe. Next up are a couple of tunes from their show "In Abyssinia” & includes Bert's first waxing of his all-time classic Nobody. The remaining tunes were cut for Columbia in '06 & includes such rarities as Columbia cylinders & even a rejected take of I've Such A Funny Feeling When I Look At You. Exhaustive 32 page booklet loaded with pictures of Williams & Walker, & numerous pics of record labels & sheet music, as well as a repro of a 8/06 article by George Walker "The Real 'Coon' Of The American Stage”. Please be aware that, like all Archeophone discs, these are acoustical recordings, some of which aren't in wonderful condition & can make for tough listening at times, but you will be greatly rewarded by the effort! (GM)

 
CLARENCE WILLIAMS Frog DGF 49 Clarence Williams' QRS Recordings, Volume 2 ● CD $16.98
27 track collection featuring instrumental performances by Clarence & His Orch. and The Barrel House Five as well as accompaniments to blues singers Katherin Henderson, Sara Martin & Laura Bryant including all available alternate takes. Musicians includes "King" Oliver/ cornet, Benny Waters/ tenor sax, Arville Harris/ clarinet, Leroy Harris/ banjo, Cyrus St. Clair/ brass bass, Floyd Casey/ washboard and others. Beautifully remastered by Ted Kendall set includes booklet with notes by John Capes and full discographical information.

 
MARY LOU WILLIAMS Eagle Eye 39053 Jazz in Montreux Presents Mary Lou Williams '78 ● CD $10.98
DVD 13 solo sides.

 
MARY LOU WILLIAMS Smithsonian Folkways 40816 Black Christ Of The Andes ● CD $15.98
14 tracks, 52 min, highly recommended
Reissue of this legendary LP that Williams released on her own Mary label in '64, then reissued as Folkways 2843. In the late 50s-early 60s, this incredible pianist/composer/arranger embraced & studied Roman Catholicism & stayed away from the music world. This was her return. Starting off with a chorale St. Martin De Porres, who was a former slave that was canonized in '62, with just minimal piano & the voices of The Ray Charles Singers (no, not the late Genius - this is the very White group that had a huge 60s hit with Love Me With All Of Your Heart!), this is a mixed bag of choral music (another, The Devil, also is just Mary Lou with The Singers); two more, Anima Christi & Praise The Lord, have full band with vocals by Jimmy Mitchell leading The George Gordon Singers) as well as piano trios, many with the great MJQ bassist Percy Heath, & a solo piano version of There's A Fungus Among Us. The two band sides include Larry Gales, Grant Green & Budd Johnson. Includes four previously unissued trio numbers with Heath, & 30 page booklet. (GM)

 

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