Dixieland/Early Jazz

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BUCK JOHNSON
BUNK & LOUIS
Eight selections come from a 1946 New York session with Don Ewell’s piano and Alphonse Steele’s drums as the only accompaniment. Twelve New Orleans tracks include Geroge Lewis, Jim Robinson, Lawrence Marrerro, Alcide “Slow Drag” Pavageau and Baby Dodds.The legendary trumpeter interprets these pop songs of varying vintage witn lusty tone and powerful drive.

BUCK JOHNSON
KING OF THE BLUES
Bunk’s 1944 recordings with his own band (George Lewis, Jim Robinson, Lawrence Marrero, Alcide Pavageau and Baby Dodds) are original New Orleans ensemble jazz at its purist and finest. This CD features their take on some of the most famous tunes in the N.O. repertoire.

LONNIE JOHNSON
BLUES & BALLADS
Lonnie Johnson’s contributions span back to the ’20s on his own Okeh sessions and recordings wtih Eddie Lang and Louis Armstrong. Johnson teams up with guitarist Elmer Snowden and bassist Wendell Marshall and the room fills with history on this 1960 session.

PETE JOHNSON
CENTRAL AVE. BOOGIE
Boogie woogie piano master Pete Johnson’s 1947 Apollo sessions with Al McKibbon, J. C. Heard and others. Includes 3 boogies with the classic piano-guitar-bass instrumentation.

JELLY ROLL MORTON
BIRTH OF THE HOT
(The Classic Chicago Red Hot Peppers, 1926-27) All 19 master takes and 4 alternate takes by Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers recorded in Chicago for Victor between September 1926 and June 1927. Kid Ory, Omer Simeon, Barney Bigard and Johnny And Baby Dodds are among the sidemen on these enormously influential recordings. Tunes include “Grandpa’s Spells,” “Black Bottom Stomp,” “Doctor Jazz,” “Beale Street Blues” and “The Pearls.”

JELLY ROLL MORTON
JELLY ROLL MORTON 1923-1926
Twenty-four solo and band classics from the Paramount and Gennett labels plus the 2 King Oliver-Morton duets from Autograph. Includes the first commercial recordings of “King Porter Stomp,” “Grandpa’s Spells,” “The Pearls” and more.

JELLY ROLL MORTON
LAST SESSION
The 13 solos and 12 Hot Six/Hot Seven sides that Jelly Roll Morton recorded for General in December ’39 and January `40. Sidemen include Henry Red Allen, Albert Nicholas and Zutty Singleton.

JELLY ROLL MORTON
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS RECORDINGS
The 1938 recordings of Jelly Roll Morton singing, playing and telling stories was the first recorded jazz oral history. All of the acetates made by Alan Lomax have been newly transferred and are contained in the first 7 discs of the boxed set. The final disc features interviews that Lomax made in 1949 with key players from the early New Orleans scene. The set includes an 80-page booklet with an appreciation by John Szwed and many rare photographs.

NEW ORLEANS RHYTHM KINGS
Twenty-seven Gennett sides by this historic group with George Brunies and Leon Ropollo from 1922-23. Jelly Roll Morton is featured on 8 tunes.

RED NICHOLS & HIS FIVE PENNIES
VOLUME 1
These joyous, swinging 1949 Lang-Worth Trascription recordings ignited the successful comeback of this powerful and inventive cornetist. Trombonist Kingsley Jackson, clarinetist Reuel Lynch, pianist Bobby Hammack, bass saxophonist Joe Rushton and drummer Rollie Culver are the Five Pennies.

KING OLIVER
COMPLETE 1923 RECORDINGS
The King Oliver Creole Jazz Band recordings of 1923 with Louis Armstrong are, without question, among the most historic and musically important jazz recordings of the 20th Century. With this Archeophone 2 CD release all 37 issued titles from the Gennett, OKeh and Columbia labels are included and through the painstaking work by restoration specialist Doug Benson, these classics have never been heard in better sound due to a world-wide canvas of the original 78s. As noted in the Archeophone web site, “”The Oliver ensemble has never been heard to better advantage. Passages long accepted as muddy and indistinct pour forth with unprecedented clarity.”

KID ORY
CREOLE JAZZ BAND 44/45
Sixteen of New Orleans trombone pioneer Kid Ory’s comeback recordings from the Crescent label in `44 and `45. Personnel includes Mutt Carey on trumpet, Omer Simeon or Darnell Howard on clarinet, Buster Wilson on piano, Bud Scott on guitar and banjo, Ed Garland on bass and Alton Redd or Minor Hall on drums.

KID ORY
CREOLE JAZZ BAND 1954
This excellent band with trumpeter Alvin Alcorn, clarinetist George Probert, pianist Don Ewell, guitarist Bill Newman, bassist Ed Garland and drummer Minor Hall approach nine New Orleans classics (including Ory’s “Muskrat Ramble”) with verve, style and precision.

KID ORY
FAVORITES!
This generous CD contains most of a 1956 double album by Ory, trumpeter Alvin Alcorn, clarinetist Phil Gomez, pianist Cedric Haywood, guitarist Julian Davidson, bassist Wellman Braud and drummer Minor Hall on which they magnificently reassess 17 Dixieland jazz tunes and blues. Considered one of Ory’s best from any era.

BILLIE & DEDE PIERCE
GULF COAST BLUES
The Pierces (Billie on paino and vocals and De De on trumpet and vocals) were a regular fixture at Preservation Hall. This album, recorded in New Orleans in 1959, features them with washboard accompaniment on 12 familiar traditional melodies like “Eh La Bas”, “Peanut Vendor” and “Panama” and Billie’s oroginal “Gulf Coast Blues”. Prime examples of traditional New Orleans jazz by two unique and exceptional talents. Three Billie Pierce solos, recorded for Erwin Helfer’s Tone label,  have been added to the original album.

LUCKEY ROBERTS & WILLIE “THE LION” SMITH
HARLEM PIANO
At this 1958 session, these two great Harlem pianists and composers each recorded six solo pieces. The paucity of available Roberts material makes this set especially valuable. Roberts plays the first six selections followed by The Lion.

JIM ROBINSON
ECONOMY HALL
A New Orleans presence since the ’20s, Jim Robinson is best known for his years in the Bunk Johnson and George Lewis bands.
Robinson was known for his deep, wide-toned, robust tailgate style of trombone playing. This August 22, 1965 session, recorded at Preservation Hall, features Johnny Wiggs, cornet; Raymond Burke, clarinet; Bob Greene, piano; Allan Jaffe, tuba; Yoichi Kimura, drums. 

JABBO SMITH
HOT JAZZ VOLUME 1
This fabled trumpeter is one of the most overlooked jazz musicians of the 20th century! These are the earliest recordings by this powerful, imaginative trumpeter, and it’s hard to imagine he was only in his early twenties when he made them for Brunswick label under his own name and for the bands of Ikey Robinson and Charlie Johnson.

ELMER SNOWDEN
HARLEM BANJO
This historic figure is backed by Cliff Jackson’s trio with Tommy Bryant and Jimmy Crawford for this 1960 session that focuses on great early jazz tunes and ’20s standards.

FATS WALLER
LOW DOWN PAPA
These rare QRS Waller rolls from 1923 to 1931 are prime examples of just how great a pianist he was even at this early stage of his career. This CD includes “I’m Crazy `Bout My Baby”, “Papa Better Watch Your Step” and 2 previously unreleased rolls “Haitian Blues” and the long sought-after duet with James P. Johnson “Cryin’ For My Used To Be”.

WALLER
HANDFUL OF KEYS
22 great live performances from 1938 broadcasts recorded by RCA. Waller’s energetic piano, rockin’ rhythms and sense of humor sound as fresh today as ever. And the band with Gene Cedric, Herman Autrey, Al Casey, Cedric Walace and Slick Jones is hot as always. Tracks 1-14 were broadcast live from NBC Studios on July 5, 1938. Tracks 15-22 were braodcast live from the Yacht Club on 52nd Street on October 14, 1938. The sound is superb!

JIMMY YANCEY
CHICAGO PIANO
Pioneer boogie woogie pianist Yancey had an easy, thoughtful and bluesy style. He plays beautifully on this 1951 session, his last. He is accompanied by bassist Israel Crosby. Mama Yancey sings on five of the 14 selections.