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Mosaic Select: Boogie Woogie & Blues Piano (MS-030)


Mosaic Select: Boogie Woogie & Blues Piano (MS-030)
3 CDs - $44.00


DISCOGRAPHY:

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DISC I
MEADE LUX LEWIS
1. Honky Tonk Train Blues (A) 2:58
(Meade Lux Lewis)
2. Whistlin' Blues (A) 3:30
(Meade Lux Lewis)
3. Bear Cat Crawl (B) 2:22
(Meade Lux Lewis)
ALBERT AMMONS
4. Shout For Joy (alt tk.) (C) 2:24
(Albert Ammons)
5. Shout For Joy (C) 2:22
(Albert Ammons)
JOE TURNER AND PETE JOHNSON
6. Goin' Away Blues (D) 2:36
(Pete Johnson)
7. Roll 'Em Pete (D) 2:48
(Pete Johnson)
MEADE LUX LEWIS-PETE JOHNSON-ALBERT AMMONS
8. Boogie Woogie Prayer (Pt.1) (E) 2:35
(Lewis-Johnson-Ammons)
9. Boogie Woogie Prayer (Pt.2) (E) 2:19
(Lewis-Johnson-Ammons)
PETE JOHNSON
10. Boogie Woogie (F) 2:42
(Pete Johnson)
HARRY JAMES AND THE BOOGIE WOOGIE TRIO
11. Boo-Woo (alt tk.) (G) 3:08
(Harry James)
12. Boo-Woo (G) 2:57
(Harry James)
13. Woo-Woo (alt tk.) (G) 2:55
(Harry James)
14. Woo-Woo (G) 3:11
(Harry James)
15. Home James (G) 2:33
(H. James-J. Matthias)
16. Jesse (G) 2:41
(Harry James)
PETE JOHNSON AND ALBERT AMMONS
17. Boogie Woogie Man (H) 2:42
(P. Johnson-A. Ammons)
18. Barrel House Boogie (H) 3:01
(P. Johnson-A. Ammons)
19. Cuttin' The Boogie (H) 2:18
(P. Johnson-A. Ammons)
20. Foot Pedal Boogie (I) 2:27
(P. Johnson-A. Ammons)
21. Walkin' The Boogie (I) 2:48
(P. Johnson-A. Ammons)
22. Sixth Avenue Express (I) 2:40
(P. Johnson-A. Ammons)
23. Pine Creek (I) 2:34
(P. Johnson-A. Ammons)
24. Movin' The Boogie (I) 2:43
(P. Johnson-A. Ammons)

DISC II
PETE JOHNSON AND HIS BOOGIE WOOGIE BOYS
1. Cherry Red (J) 2:54
(P. Johnson-J. Turner)
2. Baby, Look At You (J) 3:00
(P. Johnson-J. Turner)
3. Jump For Joy (J) 3:30
(P. Johnson-J. Turner)
4. Lovin' Mama Blues (J) 3:13
(Pete Johnson)
ALBERT, MEADE, PETE AND THEIR 3 PIANOS
5. Café Society Rag (K) 2:58
(Ammons-Lewis-Johnson)
JOE SULLIVAN AND HIS CAFÉ SOCIETY ORCHESTRA
6. Low Down Dirty Shame (L) 2:44
(J. Turner-J. Sullivan)
7. I Can't Give You Anything But Love (alt tk.) (L) 3:20
(D. Fields-J. McHugh)
8. I Can't Give You Anything But Love (L) 3:14
(D. Fields-J. McHugh)
BENNY CARTER AND HIS ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA
9. Joe Turner Blues (alt tk.) (M) 2:47
(W.C. Handy)
10. Joe Turner Blues (M) 2:46
(W.C. Handy)
11. Beale Street Blues (alt tk.) (M) 2:36
(W.C. Handy)
12. Beale Street Blues (M) 2:35
(W.C. Handy)
WILL BRADLEY TRIO
13. Down The Road A-Piece (alt tk.) (N) 3:11
(Raye-McKinley-Bradley)
14. Down The Road A-Piece (alt tk.) (N) 3:06
(Raye-McKinley-Bradley)
15. Down The Road A-Piece (N) 3:05
(Raye-McKinley-Bradley)
RAY MCKINLEY & FREDDIE SLACK
16. Southpaw Serenade (alt tk.) (O) 3:18
(F. Slack-R. McKinley)
17. Southpaw Serenade (O) 3:05
(F. Slack-R. McKinley)
WILL BRADLEY'S SIX TEXAS HOT DOGS
18. Basin Street Boogie (alt tk.) (P) 3:26
(F. Slack-R. McKinley)
19. Basin Street Boogie (P) 3:21
(F. Slack-R. McKinley)
TEDDY WILSON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
20. A Touch Of Boogie (Q) 3:09
(Teddy Wilson)
LIONEL HAMPTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
21. The Munson Street Breakdown (R) 3:14
(Lionel Hampton)
22. Central Avenue Breakdown (S) 3:01
(Lionel Hampton)
23. Bouncing At The Beacon (T) 3:20
(L. Hampton-J. Lee)
HENRY 'RED' ALLEN AND HIS ORCHESTRA
24. K.K. Boogie (alt tk.) (U) 2:41
(H. Allen-K. Kersey)
25. K.K. Boogie (U) 3:06
(H. Allen-K. Kersey)

DISC III
MARY LOU WILLIAMS
1. Little Joe From Chicago (V) 2:33
(M. Williams-H. Wells)
JIMMY YANCEY
2. Yancey Stomp (W) 2:45
(Jimmy Yancey)
3. State Street Special (W) 2:37
(Jimmy Yancey)
4. Tell 'Em About Me (W) 2:42
(Jimmy Yancey)
5. Five O'Clock Blues (W) 2:39
(Jimmy Yancey)
6. Slow And Easy Blues (W) 2:32
(Jimmy Yancey)
7. The Mellow Blues (W) 2:39
(Jimmy Yancey)
8. I Received A Letter (X) 2:35
(Jimmy Yancey)
9. East St. Louis Blues (X) 2:46
(Jimmy Yancey)
10. Bear Trap Blues (X) 2:44
(Jimmy Yancey)
11. Old Quaker Blues (X) 2:35
(Jimmy Yancey)
12. Cryin' In My Sleep (Y) 2:56
(Jimmy Yancey)
13. Death Letter Blues (alt tk.) (Y) 3:08
(Jimmy Yancey)
14. Death Letter Blues (Y) 2:54
(Jimmy Yancey)
15. Yancey's Bugle Call (alt tk.) (Y) 2:41
(Jimmy Yancey)
16. Yancey's Bugle Call (Y) 2:40
(Jimmy Yancey)
17. 35th And Dearborn (alt tk.) (Y) 2:46
(Jimmy Yancey)
18. 35th And Dearborn (Y) 2:39
(Jimmy Yancey)
CRIPPLE CLARENCE LOFTON
19. Strut That Thing (Z) 2:47
(Clarence Lofton)
20. Monkey Man Blues (Z) 2:55
(Clarence Lofton)
21. Policy Blues (AA) 3:08
(Clarence Lofton)
22. Brown Skin Gal (BB) 2:43
(Clarence Lofton)
23. You Done Tore Your Playhouse Down (BB) 3:02
(Clarence Lofton)


DISCOGRAPHY
(A) MEADE "LUX" LEWIS: Meade Lux Lewis (p, whistling).
Chicago, May 7, 1936
06301-1 Honky Tonk Train Blues Vic 25541
06302-1 Whistlin' Blues -

Note: The Victor logs show that these were originally made as tests. Some discographies date this session as March 7, 1937.
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(E) MEADE LUX LEWIS-PETE JOHNSON-ALBERT AMMONS: piano solos.
NYC, December 30, 1938
23890-1 Boogie Woogie Prayer (Pt.1) Voc 4606
23890-2 Boogie Woogie Prayer (Pt.2) -

(D) JOE TURNER AND PETE JOHNSON: Pete Johnson (p), Joe Turner (vcl).
same session
23891-1 Goin' Away Blues Voc 4607
23892-1 Roll 'Em Pete -

(B) MEADE LUX LEWIS: piano solo.
same session
23893-1 Bear Cat Crawl Voc 4608

(C) ALBERT AMMONS: piano solo.
same session
23894-2 Shout For Joy Col C4K 47911 (CD)
23894-1 Shout For Joy Voc 4608

Note: The session is shown here in the order in which it was recorded. The sequence has been altered for the CD release.
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(F) PETE JOHNSON: piano solo.
Chicago, October 13, 1939
WC 2801-A Boogie Woogie Col 37334
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(G) HARRY JAMES AND THE BOOGIE WOOGIE TRIO: Harry James (tp), Pete Johnson -1, Albert Ammons -2 (p), Johnny Williams (b), Eddie Dougherty (d).
NYC, February 1, 1939
B 24060-2 Boo-Woo -1 Meritt 4 (LP)
B 24060-1 Boo-Woo -1 Br 8318
B 24061-2 Woo-Woo -2 Meritt 4 (LP)
B 24061-1 Woo-Woo -2 Br 8318
B 24062-1 Home James -1 Br 8350
B 24063-1 Jesse -2 -
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(H) PETE JOHNSON AND ALBERT AMMONS: Pete Johnson, Albert Ammons (p), Jimmy Hoskins (d).
NYC, May 7, 1941
063861-2 Boogie Woogie Man Vic 27505
063863-1 Barrel House Boogie Vic 27504
063864-1 Cuttin' The Boogie -

Note: Some LP and CD re-issues incorrectly title Boogie Woogie Man as Boogie Woogie Jump with the matrix 063862-1 assigned to it. And although the Victor artist contract sheets do list a Boogie Woogie Jump (with matrix 063862-1) to have been issued on RCA Victor LEJ-1 (10" LP) and RCA Camden CAL-328 (12" LP), no metal part or test with that matrix number exists in the vaults and both these RCA re-issues use the common 78 take (-2) of Boogie Woogie Man. Not included in this set is an alternate take (-1) which is almost identical to the issued take, and a -3 which is the same as the issued take. Some discographies cite -1 for the 78 release, yet the Victor file card states "#1 unsightly light grooves" and the only take marked for release was -2.
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(I) PETE JOHNSON AND ALBERT AMMONS: Pete Johnson, Albert Ammons (p), Jimmy Hoskins (d).
NYC, June 17, 1941
066116-1 Foot Pedal Boogie Vic 27507
066117-1 Walkin' The Boogie Vic 27505
066118-1 Sixth Avenue Express Vic 27506
066119-1 Pine Creek -
066120-1 Movin' The Boogie Vic 27507
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(J) PETE JOHNSON AND HIS BOOGIE WOOGIE BOYS: Hot Lips Page (tp), Buster Smith (as), Pete Johnson (p), Lawrence Lucie (g), Abe Bolar (b), Eddie Dougherty (d), Joe Turner (vcl).
NYC, June 30, 1939
25023-1 Cherry Red Voc 4997
25024-1 Baby Look At You -
-0- Jump For Joy Col CK 65631 (CD)
25025-1 Lovin' Mama Blues Voc 5186

(K) ALBERT, MEADE, PETE AND THEIR 3 PIANOS: Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis, Pete Johnson (p), Abe Bolar (b), Eddie Dougherty (d), Joe Turner (vcl).
same session
25026-1 Café Society Rag Voc 5186

Note: Jump For Joy, which is on the same side of the lacquer disc as Lovin' Mama Blues, was not assigned any matrix or take number. Joe Turner's voice is heard between Jump For Joy and Lovin' Mama Blues.
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(L) JOE SULLIVAN AND HIS CAFÉ SOCIETY ORCHESTRA: Ed Anderson (tp), Benny Morton (tb), Edmond Hall (cl), Danny Polo (ts), Joe Sullivan (p), Freddie Green (g), Henry Turner (b), Johnny Wells (d), Joe Turner (vcl).
NYC, February 9, 1940
WCO 26502-A Low Down Dirty Shame Voc 5531
WCO 26503-B I Can't Give You Anything But Love Meritt 19 (LP)
WCO 26503-A I Can't Give You Anything But Love Voc 5496
________________________________________________________________________ (M) BENNY CARTER AND HIS ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA: Bill Coleman (tp), Benny Morton (tb), Benny Carter (cl), George Auld (ts), Sonny White (p), Ulysses Livingston (g), Wilson Myers (b), Yank Porter (d), Joe Turner (vcl).
NYC, October 15, 1940
28876-2 Joe Turner Blues Meritt 10 (LP)
28876-1 Joe Turner Blues OK 6001
28877-2 Beale Street Blues Meritt 10 (LP)
28877-1 Beale Street Blues OK 6001
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(N) WILL BRADLEY TRIO: Freddie Slack (p, cel), Doc Goldberg (b), Ray McKinley (d, whistling, vcl), Will Bradley (vcl).
NYC, August 12, 1940
CO 27872-3 Down The Road A-Piece previously unissued
CO 27872-2 Down The Road A-Piece previously unissued
CO 27872-1 Down The Road A-Piece Col 35707

Note: Some discographies list Don Raye as vocalist. However, the 78 label and the artist contracts list Bradley.
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(O) RAY MCKINLEY & FREDDIE SLACK: Freddie Slack (p), Ray McKinley (d, vcl).
NYC, January 21, 1941
CO 29526-2 Southpaw Serenade previously unissued
CO 29526-1 Southpaw Serenade Col 35963
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(P) WILL BRADLEY'S SIX TEXAS HOT DOGS: Lee Castle (tp), Will Bradley (tb), Mahlon Clark (cl), Billy Maxted (p), Felix Giobbe (b), Ray McKinley (d, vcl).
NYC, July 25, 1941
CO 30953-3 Basin Street Boogie previously unissued
CO 30953-1 Basin Street Boogie Col 36340
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(Q) TEDDY WILSON AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Emmett Berry (tp), Benny Morton (tb), Jimmy Hamilton (cl), Teddy Wilson (p), Johnny Williams (b), J.C. Heard (d).
NYC, September 16, 1941
CO 31319-2 A Touch Of Boogie Time Life STL-J20 (LP)
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(R) LIONEL HAMPTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Ziggy Elman (tp), Toots Mondello (cl), Ben Webster, Jerry Jerome (ts), Clyde Hart (p, arr), Lionel Hampton (p, vib), Al Casey (g), Artie Bernstein (b), Slick Jones (d).
NYC, October 30, 1939
043246-1 The Munson Street Breakdown Vic 26453
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(S) LIONEL HAMPTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Lionel Hampton, Nat "King" Cole (p), Oscar Moore (g), Wesley Prince (b), Al Spieldock (d).
Hollywood, May 10, 1940
049676-1 Central Avenue Breakdown Vic 26652
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(T) LIONEL HAMPTON AND HIS SEXTETTE: Marshal Royal (as), Lionel Hampton, Sir Charles Thompson (p), Irving Ashby (g), Vernon Alley (b), Lee Young (d).
Hollywood, December 20, 1940
055237-1 Bouncing At The Beacon Vic 27364
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(U) HENRY 'RED' ALLEN AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Henry Allen (tp), J.C. Higginbotham (tb), Edmond Hall (cl), Kenny Kersey (p), Billy Taylor (b), Jimmy Hoskins (d).
NYC, April 17, 1941
CO 30270-2 K.K. Boogie Meritt 5 (LP)
CO 30270-1 K.K. Boogie OK 6281
________________________________________________________________________(V) MARY LOU WILLIAMS: piano solo.
NYC, October 12, 1939
CO 25470-1 Little Joe From Chicago Col 37334
_______________________________________________________________________ (W) JIMMY YANCEY: piano solos.
Chicago, October 25, 1939
044006-1 Yancey Stomp Vic 26589
044007-1 State Street Special -
044008-1 Tell 'Em About Me Vic 26590
044009-1 Five O'Clock Blues -
044010-1 Slow And Easy Blues Vic 26591
044011-1 The Mellow Blues -
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(X) JIMMIE YANCEY WITH VOCAL BY FABER SMITH -1 / JIMMIE YANCEY -2: Jimmy Yancey (p), Faber Smith (vcl).
Chicago, February 23, 1940
WC 2955-A I Received A Letter (FS-vcl) -1 Voc 05464
WC 2956-A East St. Louis Blues (FS-vcl) -1 -
WC 2961-A Bear Trap Blues -2 Voc 05490
WC 2962-A Old Quaker Blues -2 -
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(Y) JIMMY YANCEY: piano solos and vocals.
Chicago, September 6, 1940
053436-1 Cryin' In My Sleep (JY-vcl) BB B-8630
053437-2 Death Letter Blues (JY-vcl) previously unissued
053437-1 Death Letter Blues (JY-vcl) BB B-8630
053438-2 Yancey's Bugle Call "X" LX 3000 (LP)
053438-1 Yancey's Bugle Call Vic 27238
053439-2 35th And Dearborn "X" LX 3000 (LP)
053439-1 35th And Dearborn Vic 27238
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(Z) CRIPPLE CLARENCE LOFTON: Cripple Clarence Lofton (p, vcl), Big Bill Broonzy (g) -1, Myrtle Johnson (d) -2.
Chicago, April 2, 1935
C 947-B Strut That Thing -2 Voc 02951
C 948-A Monkey Man Blues -1 -
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(AA) ALBERT CLEMENS (Cripple Clarence Lofton): Cripple Clarence Lofton (p, vcl), Big Bill Broonzy (g).
Chicago, April 12, 1935
85787-1 Policy Blues BB B-5930

Note: Some copies are labeled as "Adam Wilcox".
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(BB) CRIPPLE CLARENCE LOFTON: Cripple Clarence Lofton (p, vcl, whistling), Big Bill Broonzy (g).
Chicago, July 18, 1935
C 1074-A Brown Skin Gal ARC 6-11-66
C 1075-A You Done Tore Your Playhouse Down -

Note: C 1074 as Brown Skin Girls according the original work sheets.
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Album Index
78 Albums
Columbia C 130 (37334)
Various Artists - Boogie Woogie Vol. 2

Victor P 25 (26589-91)
Jimmy Yancey - Boogie Woogie

Victor P 69 (27505-07)
Albert Ammons & Pete Johnson - 8 To The Bar

10" ALBUMS
"X" LX 3000
Jimmy Yancey - Blues And Boogie

12" ALBUMS
Meritt 4
Various Artists - The Piano Album

Meritt 5
Various Artists - Red Allen & James P. Johnson

Meritt 10
Various Artists - The Reed Album (1935-56)

Meritt 19
Various Artists - Jazz Potpurri Vol.1 1924-40

Time Life STL-J20
Teddy Wilson - Giants Of Jazz

CD
Col CK 65631
Hot Lips Page - Jump For Joy

Col C4K 47911
Various Artists - Roots n' Blues - The Retrospective (1925-1950)


The original recording supervisors for these sessions were John Hammond (sessions B-E, G, J, V, probably F, K-M, Q), Leonard Joy (H, I). The rest are unknown.
Produced for release by Scott Wenzel
Excutive Producer: Michael Cuscuna

Metal part and lacquer transfers: Andreas Meyer
78 transfers: Steven Lasker
Mastered using 24-bit technology by Malcolm Addey

Special thanks to Michael Brooks, Anthony Fountain, The Institute of Jazz Studies, Brad Kay, Michael Panico, Tom Tierney, Julian Vein.
Vault research: Anthony Fountain and Scott Wenzel
78s provided by Mike Kiefer, Ken Swerilas and Steven Lasker.

Special thanks: Anthony Fountain, Michael Brooks, The Institute of Jazz Studies, Julian Vein.

Producer's note:
The aim of this Mosaic Select was to present the best examples of small group boogie woogie and blues piano, recorded for Victor/Bluebird and the Columbia family of labels from 1935 to the recording ban of 1942. Because of the music's overwhelming popularity during this period, a great deal of boogie woogie found its way into big band arrangements; because of space limitations and musical direction, we have decided not to include these recordings.

Joe Turner and Cripple Clarence Lofton were chosen to represent the blues material in this package. It was a natural to include Joe Turner, who is accompianied here by Meade Lux Lewis, Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson. Lofton's inclusion shows a masterful blues pianist and singer backed by legendary guitarist Big Bill Broonzy. Initially, the thought was to also include recordings made by Champion Jack Dupree and Jimmy Rushing. However, Dupree's output had been recently covered in a Sony Legacy CD and Rushing's small group efforts will be part of a Mosaic Select on Lester Young.

Unlike some other Mosaic packages, this set is presented out of chronological order. By doing this, we were able to weave together the solo piano, blues and small group boogie woogie and make it a more listenable set.

Scott Wenzel


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