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NEWSLETTER #147
Jazz, Dance Bands & Vocalists
Louis Armstrong ->
Fats Waller + DVD

 

 

NEW DVDS

 

CAB CALLOWAY Idem 1019 Swing Era - "Hi-De-Ho" And Other Movies ● DVD $13.98
The master jazz showmen in 16 clips from the 30s and 40s including excerpts from the full length movie "Hi-De-Ho". Performances include Hi-De-Ho/ I Was here When You Left Me/ Minnie The Moocher/ I Can't Give You Anything But Love/ Calloway Boogie/ Long About Midnight/ Blowtop Blues/ Skunk Songs, etc.

 

NEW COMPACT DISCS

   
LOUIS ARMSTRONG Storyville 1088602 In Scandinavia ● CD $38.98
Four CD set with 68 tracks. Louis was a jazz ambassador spreading the word throughout the world and made no less than nine trips to Scandinavia where he record frequently both live and in the studio. This set includes three live tracks from a 1933 concert in Stockholm thought to be the first ever live jazz recordings and soundtrack from a 1933 Danish film in best ever sounds and a wealth of other great recordings made between 1933 and 1967. With extensive annotation from Swedish Armstrong expert Gosta Hagglof.

 
THELMA CARPENTER Sepia 1080 Seems Like Old Times ● CD $14.98
26 tracks, 79 min., highly recommended
The diminutive Carpenter sang in front of Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra, Coleman Hawkins and his Orchestra, Count Basie and his Orchestra, and the Deep River Boys, among others, and yet the black jazz singer had enough crossover appeal to replace Dinah Shore on the Eddie Cantor radio show. Sure, it was breaking the color barrier on a non-visual medium, but still, it was an important step on a long road. These fabulous recordings were waxed between 1939-1953 and represent that meaty part of her career before she was rediscovered in the 1970s, famously landing a part on the "The Wizard of Oz"-based movie "The Wiz". (She played a numbers running good witch in the now cult classic that received luke warm reviews at its initial reception.) This ballad-heavy compilation is the best collection of Carpenter's work available. The sound, taken from original 78s and cleaned up with the CEDAR noise reduction system, is uniformly good. (JC)
THELMA CARPENTER: All Of My Life/ American Lullaby/ Bali Ha'i/ Bill/ Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man/ Diga-Diga Doo (From Blackbirds of 1928)/ Doin' The New Low-Down (From Blackbirds of 1928)/ Gypsy Blues/ Harlem On My Mind/ Hurry Home/ I Didn't Know About You/ I Must Have That Man (From Blackbirds of 1928)/ I Should Care/ I'm A Fool About Someone/ I'm Just Wild About Harry/ Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho/ Jug Of Wine/ Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin'/ Just You Just Me/ Love Grows On The White Oak Tree/ My Guy's Come Back/ Pie In The Basket/ Seems Like Old Times/ She's Funny That Way/ These Foolish Things/ This Is The Moment

 
KING OLIVER & HIS ORCHESTRA Frog 64 Call Of The Freaks ● CD $17.98
22 tracks, 69 mins, recommended
This is subtitled "The Complete Victor Recordings Volume 1." Of the songs, 7 of them are represented by two versions, which are all lined up back to back for particular scrutiny. These recordings take place between January and December 1929, mostly in New York, but with one session taking place in Chicago. No Louis Armstrong on these line-ups, but other great players such as James P. Johnson, Louis Metcalf, J.C. Higginbotham, Charlie Holmes, Teddy Hill, Paul Barbarian, Roy Smeck and many more. West End Blues, Freakish Light Blues, Call Of The Freaks, My Good Man Sam are a good representation of what you get in this collection. (JM)

 
DJANGO REINHARDT JSP JSPCD 953 Django On The Radio ● CD $31.98
Five CD set with 104 tracks featuring most of the broadcast and concert recordings of this great guitarist made between 1945 and 1953, with the exception of the Rome recordings which are available on JSP 919 ("Django In Rome, 1949/50" - 4 CDs - $28.98). It includes excursions into electric guitar and bebop and includes collaborations with his old friends and associates Stephane Grapelli & Hubert Rostaing, the Air Transport Command big band, Duke Ellington & His Orch and much more.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Archeophone 3004 The Complete Hit Of The Week Recordings, Vol. 3 ● CD $26.98
The third invaluable volume reissuing titles from "HIT OF THE WEEK" series - a series of very cheap (15 cents) 78s record on a flexible material (durium-coated cardboard) that could be sold at news-stands. This two CD set features 51 tracks issued weekly between August 13, 1931 and December 31, 1931 including unissued titles and some titles that were issued on Durium Junior - a series of 4" "microgroove" recordings that ran around 1 1/2 minutes each. Performers include Sam lanin's Orchestra, College HUmor Trio, Scrappy Lambert's Collegians, Don Voorhees' Orchestra, Freddie Rich's Radio Orchestra, Phil Spitalny's Orchestra, Eddie Cantor with Phil Spitalny's Music, Gene Austin & Hit Of The Week Orchestra, Rudy Vallee with his Connecticut Yankees and others. Includes 24 page booklet with extensive notes and rare photos.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Saga Jazz 665672 Saga City ● CD $12.98
22 tracks, 75 mins, highly recommended
I love a good theme, so a jazzy roadmap of America works great for me. Crisscrossing the country through song, via its coolest music cities, New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville, St. Louis, Kansas City etc., or its coolest named towns like Tishomingo, Winnetka, and Kalamazoo! Tracks are recorded between 1925 and 1952, broken up pretty evenly across the decades. Our tour guides are jazz legends Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, Willie The Lion Smith, Billie Holliday, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and many more. As well as one Rhythm & Blues champion Louis Jordon bringing us along to his Louisville Lodge Meeting. This is a fantastic collection from coast to coast. Sleek digipack packaging with informative notes in English and French. (JM)
LOUIS ARMSTRONG: Dallas Blues/ GEORGE BARNES: Chicago/ COUNT BASIE: Hollywood Jump/ SIDNEY BECHET: Milenberg Joys/ BUNNY BERIGAN: San Francisco/ NAT KING COLE: Route 66/ DUKE ELLINGTON: Washington Wobble Duke/ DON EWELL: Atlanta Blues/ BOB HAGGART: The Big Noise from Winnetka/ LIONEL HAMPTON: Birmingham Bounce/ FLETCHER HENDERSON: Memphis Blues/ BILLIE HOLIDAY: St. Louis Blues/ JAMES P. JOHNSON: Tishomingo Blues/ LOUIS JORDAN: Louisville Lodge Meeting/ THE KANSAS CITY SIX: 'Way Down Yonder in New Orleans/ GLENN MILLER: I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo/ JELLY ROLL MORTON: Kansas City Stomps/ CHARLIE PARKER: Autumn in New York/ ADRIAN ROLLINI: Davenport Blues/ BESSIE SMITH: Nashville Woman's Blues/ WILLIE "THE LION" SMITH: Charleston/ FRANK TRUMBAUER: Baltimore Frank/ CLARENCE WILLIAMS: (Norfolk) Church Street/ COOTIE WILLIAMS: Mobile Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Symphony 1001 Jumpin' With Symphony Sid ● CD $17.98
Symphony Sid (Sidney Torin) was a a legendary New York disc jockey who started playing classical music (hence the "Symphony" appelation) but in the mid 40s developed a love for jazz and switched to playing jazz from the late 40s through the early 50s. He also hosted a live show from the Birdland club where he exposed the American public to such Charlie Parker, Miles Davis & Dizzy Gillespie and was immortalized in the Lester Young 1950 composition Jumpin' With Symphony Sid which was later given lyrics by jazz vocalist King Pleasure who's recording of the song opens this disc. The rest of the disc is mostly jazz along with some R&B and a "bonus" gospel number from The Trumpeteers. Presumably the tracks here were ones that were featured on Sid's program but the extremely brief notes don't acknowledge that fact so I'm not sure what the point of this CD is. With that out of the way this is an enjoyable collection featuring tracks by Illinois Jacquet, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Ferguson, Lester Young, Red Prysock, Tiny Grimes Quintet, The Hot Shots, Frank Cully, James Moody, Babs Gonzales and more.
JOE CARROLL & DIZZY GILLESPIE: School Days/ FRANK CULLY: Waxie Maxie Boogie/ CHARLIE FERGUSON: Hi Beam Mambo/ DIZZY GILLESPIE & JOE CARROLL: Oh Sho Be Do Be/ BABS GONZALES: Flying Home/ TINY GRIMES QUARTET: Hot In Harlem/ LIONEL HAMPTON: Hey Ba Ba Re Bop/ THE HOT SHOTS: Blue Hours/ ILLINOIS JACQUET: Flying Home Part 1/ Flying Home Part 2/ Perdito/ EDDIE JEFFERSON: Body and Soul/ KING PLEASURE: Jumpin' With Symphony Sid/ Moody's Mood For Love/ Red Top/ THE LIGHTHOUSE ALL STARS: Big Boy Part 1 & 2/ JAMES MOODY: Keeping Up With Jonsey/ Moody's Mood For Blues/ Moody and Soul/ JOE MORRIS: Jump With Me/ Lowe Groovin'/ Weasel Walk/ RED PRYSOCK: Wiggles/ THE TRUMPETEERS: Milky White Way/ LESTER YOUNG: Jumpin' at Mesners

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Timeless 1-091 Pathe & Cameo Jazzbands, 1924-1928 ● CD $15.98
27 tracks recorded for pioneering record labels Pathe and Cameo by various obscure hot white bands of the 20s - some performing groups and some brought together for recordings only. Includes The Lido Venice Dance Orchestra, Hotel Biltmore Orchestra, Seven Missing Links, Bill Wirges & His Orchestra (with banjoist Harry Reser), Mall Hallett & His Orchestra, Ole Olsen & His Orchestra, The Alabam Red Peppers (with Red Nichols/ tpt, Miff Mole/ trombone,Rube Bloom/ piano and Harry Reser/ banjo), The Lumberjacks (with Tommy Dorsey/ trombone) and others. Sound quality is superb and 32 page booklet has in depth notes, photos and full discographical data.

 
FATS WALLER JSP JSPCD 946 Volume 3 - Rhythm & Romance, 1934-1936 ● CD $28.98
The third volume in this indispensible series features 103 tracks recorded between November 1934 and August 1936 by this musical giant at the peak of his powers. It includes his historic recordings of My Very Good Friend The Milkman/ I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter/ I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby among many others. Fst is joined by musicians like Al Casey, Gene Sedric, Rudy Powell, Herman Autrey, Benny Morton and others. This set includes a recently discovered alternate take of Lulu's Back In Town.
FATS WALLER: 'Cross Patch'/ (Oh Suzannah) Dust Off That Old Pianna/ 12th Street Rag/ A Little Bit Dependent/ A Sweet Beginning Like This/ African Ripples/ All My Life/ Alligator Crawl/ Baby Brown/ Baby Brown/ Back Up To Me/ Because Of Once Upon a Time/ Big Chief De Sota/ Black Raspberry Jam/ Black Raspberry Jam/ Blue Because Of You/ Brother, Seek And Ye Shall Find/ Bye, Bye, Baby/ Cabin In the Sky/ Christopher Columbus/ Cinders/ Clothes Line Ballet/ Dinah/ Fat And Greasy/ Fat And Greasy/ Fractious Fingering/ Functionizin'/ Garbo Green/ Georgia Rockin' Chair/ Got a Bran' New Suit/ Hate To Talk About Myself/ I Ain't Got Nobody/ I Ain't Got Nobody/ I Believe In Miracles/ I Got Rhythm/ I Just Made Up With That Old Girl Of Mine/ I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby/ I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself a Letter/ I'm On a See-Saw/ I'm a Hundred Per Cent For You/ I'm a Hundred Per Cent For You/ I've Got My Fingers Crossed/ It's No Fun/ It's a Sin To Tell a Lie/ Just As Long As the World Goes 'Round And 'Round/ Latch On/ Let's Sing Again/ Loafin' Time/ Louisiana Fairy Tale/ Louisiana Fairy Tale/ Lounging At the Waldorf/ Lulu's Back In Town/ Lulu's Back In Town/ Moon Rose/ My Very Good Friend the Milkman/ Night Wind/ Oooh! Look-A-There, Ain't She Pretty?/ Pardon My Love/ Paswonky/ Rhythm And Romance/ Rosetta/ Rosetta/ Sing An Old Fashioned Song/ Somebody Stole My Gal/ Spreadin' Rhythm Around/ Stay/ Sugar Blues/ Sugar Rose/ Sweet And Low/ Sweet Sue/ Sweet Sue/ Sweet Thing/ Take It Easy/ That Never To Be Forgotten Night/ The Curse Of an Aching Heart/ The Curse Of an Aching Heart/ The Girl I Left Behind Me/ The More I Know You/ The Panic Is On/ Theif In the Night/ There Goes My Attraction/ There'll Be Some Changes Made/ There's Going To Be the Devil To Pay/ Truckin'/ Until the Real Thing Comes Along/ Us On a Bus/ Viper's Drag/ West Wind/ What's the Reason (I'm Not Pleasin' You?)/ What's the Reason (I'm Not Pleasin' You?)/ When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful/ Whose Honey Are You?/ Whose Honey Are You?/ Why Do I Lie To Myself About You?/ Woe! Is Me/ You Fit Into the Picture/ You Stayed Away Too Long/ You're Not the Kind/ You're So Darn Charming/ You're So Darn Charming/ You're the Cutest One/ You're the Picture (I'm the Frame)/ You've Been Taking Lessons In Love

 
FATS WALLER JSP JSPCD 948 Volume 4 Of The Complete Recorded Works, 1936-1938 ● CD $28.98
The fourth volume devoted to this jazz giant features him recording an astonishing 92 titles in only 20 months between September 1936 and April 1938. In addition there are 8 alternate takes plus two bonus tracks from 1929 which were a fragment of the revue "Hot Chocolate". As with previous volumes the sound quality is exceptional thanks to remastering expertise of Ted Kendall.

 

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