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LIVING ERA 2CD’s CD AJS 280

 

CD 1

  1. Livery Stable Blues – Original Dixieland jazz Band
  2. St Louis Blues – Bessie Smith/Louis Armstrong
  3. Singin’ the Blues – Bix Beiderbecke
  4. East St Louis Toodle-oo – Duke Ellington
  5. Creole Love Call – Duke Ellington
  6. Feelin’ No Pain – Red Nicholls
  7. Savoy Blues – Louis Armstrong
  8. A Handful of Riffs – Eddie Lang/Lonnie Johnson
  9. Symphony in Riffs – Benny Carter
    10 Honeysuckle Rose – Fats Waller
    11.I Got Rhythm – Django Reinhardt/Stephane Grappelli
    12.Honky Tonk Train Blues – Meade Lux Lewis
    13.Walkin’ & Swingin’ – Andy Kirk/Mary Lou Williams
    14.Sing Me a Song – Ella Fitzgerald/Chick Webb
    15.Marie – Tommy Dorsey/Bunny Berigan
    16.Crazy Rhythm – Coleman Hawkins
    17.Runnin’ Wild – Lionel Hampton
    18.I Got a Right to Sing the Blues – Jack Teagarden
    19.Roll ‘Em – Benny Goodman
    20.Easy Living – Billie Holiday/Teddy Wilson
    21.Jumpin’ at the Woodside – Count Basie
    22.The Big Noise from Winnetka – Bob Crosby
    23.Relaxin’ at the Touro – Muggsy Spanier
    24. Blues in Thirds – Sidney Bechet
    25. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South – Louis Armstrong
CD 2
  1. Tiger Rag – Original Dixieland Jazz Band
  2. Dippermouth Blues – King Oliver
  3. Careless Love Blues – Bessie Smith/Louis Armstrong
  4. Black Bottom Stomp – Jelly Roll Morton
  5. Stringin’ the Blues – Joe Venuti/Eddie Lang
  6. That’s No Bargain – Red Nicholls
  7. I’m Coming, Virginia - Bix Beiderbecke/Frankie Trumbauer
  8. Black & Tan Fantasy – Duke Ellington
  9. West End Blues – Louis Armstrong
  10. My Monday Date – Jimmy Noone/Earl Hines
  11. Miss Hannah – McKinney’s Cotton Pickers
  12. You Rascal You – Jack Teagarden
  13. King Porter Stomp – Benny Goodman
  14. Netcha’s Dream – Coleman Hawkins
  15. My Blue Heaven – Jimmy Lunceford
  16. Boogie Woogie Stomp – Albert Ammons
  17. Christopher Columbus – Fletcher Henderson
  18. This Year’s Kisses – Billie Holoday
  19. Gone With the Wind – Art Tatum
  20. Ring Dem Bells – Lionel Hampton
  21. Honeysuckle Rose – Reinhardt/Grappelli
  22. Texas Shuffle – Count Basie
  23. Four or Five Times – Bechet/Spanier
  24. Cottontail – Duke Ellington/Ben Webster

For anyone wanting to trace the history of jazz music from 1917 to 1941, it is all here in this record. In fact it’s here twice, because disc 2 repeats the dose of disc1. I am not sure why Ray Crick, the compiler decided to do it that way, it would have seemed more logical to me for the whole thing to be in chronological order. In any case there is a double dose of jazz history here!

It is a fascinating thought that nearly all of today’s popular music came from these beginnings, thankfully jazz has continued to develop, although even so called contemporary jazz originated here, but sometimes the relationship is hard to find. Another interesting point is that whilst we constantly hear that jazz had it’s roots in Africa, the first tracks on both CD’s are by the all white ODJB in 1917!

Being in my late 60’s, I was brought up with all this music. When I was a teenager there were very few jazz records made, but there were several labels selling vintage jazz. For people starting to take an interest in our great music, these records are essential listening they provide the background to everything that followed. Most of today’s top jazzmen are the product of some musical college or other, where they have received a top class musical education, most of the people on these records were either self taught or learned their instruments in a totally different genre.

The records have examples of most styles of the era from Boogie Woogie to Big Band and the audio restoration performed, means that we are hearing something nearer to the original than has ever been heard before.

Don Mather

 

 



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