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Frog Blues Annual No 2 is is jam packed with information and photos, and looks fantastic!
Its contents Include: New original research and articles by Mark Berresford, Paul Swinton, Bruce Bastin, Russ Shor, Alex Van Der Tuuk, Howard Rye, Chris Hillman and many others. 'Blues and Jazz Advertised' from the era of the 78 record plus reprints of many 'lost' interviews and articles from the artists themselves. And more stunning original portrait artwork by ... [MORE]
This No1 collector edition is available a new and important book for all lovers of Blues and Jazz music from the era of the 78 record. Containing original research articles by renowned writers Chistopher Hillman, Paul Swinton, Terry Heath, John Collinson, Howard Rye, Richard Rains, Joe Moore, Max Haymes, John Wilby and many others. Reprints and updates on 'lost' articles by Fred Cox and Mac McCormick, plus original portrait artwork by Chris Powell.
This CD is devoted entirely to Clarence Williams recordings and aims to tie up some loose ends from previous Frog issues. The programme starts with a number of sessions made for OKeh by the Blue Five, Williams' best known band from the early twenties. They all feature Eva Taylor, Clarence's wife. Both had started in showbiz as children. This band features Louis Armstrong, Aaron Thompson and Buster Bailey
Later sessions include Coleman Hawkins, Buddy ... [MORE]
This exciting release features many first time re-issues of alternative takes, test pressings and impossibly rare issues of 1920's black bands featuring both the legends and 'lost' musicians of classic hot jazz. Tracks and bands inside... [MORE]
Duke Ellington's earliest and rarest titles in one incredible set demonstrating how Ellington's genius evolved through the hot jazz and swinging dance band traditions of the 1920s. Details and tracks inside. [MORE]
49 tracks over 2 CDs featuring Johnny Dodds with King Oliver’s Jazz Band - Edmonia Henderson - Lovie Austin and Her Blues Serenaders - Blythe’s Washboard Band - Viola Bartlette - Jimmie Blythe and His Ragamuffins - Junie Cobb’s Hometown Band - Freddie Keppard’s Jazz Cardinals - Blythe’s Washboard Ragamuffins - Jasper Taylor and his State Street Boys - Dodds and Parham - Dixie-Land Thumpers - Blind Blake - Elzadie Robinson - Paramount Pickers [MORE]
This third volume follows in the footsteps of its illustrious predecessors and contains red hot jazz rarities, alternate takes, sleepers and unissued masters, selected from 1920s recordings by US white bands. Most collectors will know some of these bands, but not many will have heard of them all, and fewer still will own more than a smattering of the recordings. As Max Easterman comments, in his excellent liner note, such ... [MORE]
Clarence Williams with a collection featuring various of his Washboard bands, including The Dixie Washboard Band, The Bluegrass Footwarmers, Calrence Williams' Washboard Four and The Clarence Williams Washboard Five. 26 tracks - full details inside. [MORE]
Oscar 'Bernie' Young was born in New Orleans but his big break came when he moved to Chicago where he made these rare Paramount and Okeh recordings in 1923 and 1926. These are complemented on this CD by three Okeh tracks, also from 1926.
These recordings feature the talents of Young's Creole Band, Ollie Powers, Viola Bartlette, Blyth's Sinful Five, Ozzie McPherson, Ida Cox, Ma Rainey and Arthur Sims and his Creole Orchestra. Full details inside. [MORE]
Red hot jazz rarities, alternate takes,sleepers and unissued masters. 14 great bands - 26 ace tracks. This second batch of Frog Spawn contains some remarkably good eggs from a wide variety of bands and groups! The notables here are James P> Johnson, Fats Waller, The Louisiana Sugar Babes, Walter Bennett and Fess Williams' trombone player David 'Jelly' James of the Royal Flush Orchestra. Full details inside. [MORE]
Earl McDonald was an early pioneer jug blower, and is remembered as one of the first actively to promote the band around his native Louisville. Altough he is often called the 'King' of the Jug Bands, only these rare Columbia and Okeh recordings survive to bear witness to his colourful and talented performer.
Featuring Sara Martin's Jug Band, Old Southern Jug Band, Clifford's Louisville Jug Band, Earl McDonald's Original Louisville Jug Band, Jimmy ... [MORE]
The First in a new Frog Series, FROG SPAWN. Red Hot Rarities, Alternate takes, unissued masters, one-off sides and sleepers!
They are the recordings that time forgot - but that collectors have called out for. A testament to the great music from King Oliver and his Orchestra, Earl Hines and his Orchestra, Thomas Morris and his Seven Hot Babies, Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra, Paul Davis and his Orchestra, Texas Blues Destroyers, Frankie ... [MORE]
King Mutt and His Tennesse Thumpers plus Frank Melrose, Thomas' Devils, Kansas City Tin Roof Stompers, Kansas City Stompers, Dixie Four, Midnight Rounders and Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band [MORE]
Composed of musicians largely from St Louis and Kansas City, the Missourians were one of the most exciting aggregatons on the New York scene. While in residence at The Cotton Club betweeb 1924-1927, the band changed its name to the Cotton Club Orchestra, recordings for both Columbia and Gennett. After leaving the Cotton Club on the death of bandleader Andy Preer, they toured extensively with the acclaimed singer Ethel Waters, finally returning to New York ... [MORE]
This compilation contains all recordings made by King Oliver for the OKEH label subsequent to those by his immortal Creole Jazz band. 20 tracks featuring Oliver with a variety of bands and singers including Clarence Williams Washboard Five, Victoria Spivey, Sippie Wallace and Elizabeth Johnson. Full details inside. [MORE]
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Volume four in this popular series featuring the best of Django Reinhardt covers the period 1939-1940. 22 tracks featuring Rex Stewart, Andre Ekyan, Quintette du Hot Club de Paris and Stefane Grapelli. [MORE]
With this volume we enter the last phase of King Oliver's recording career. The Great Depression following the Stock Market crash of 1929 saw the virtual collapse of the record industry. While he made a handful of sides for Brunswick and Vocalion in 1931, these are the last recordings from his successful contract with Victor records. They date from 1929 -1930. Bands members include Henry 'Red' Allen, Carroll Dickerson and Bobby Holmes. A generous 23 ... [MORE]
King Oliver was outstanding in the first generation of New Orleans greats. This CD is the first volume of the complete recordings he made with his orchestra for Victor and covers sides from 1929. 22 terrific tracks! [MORE]
When the Original Dixieland Jazz Band first burst recorded for Victor, they completely changed the face of popular music, and countless others tried to emulate them in the years that followed. Lanin's Southern Serenaders was one such band in the early 20s, recordings for a number of labels including Hy-Tone, Regal, Banner and Gennett. Here we feature 24 great tracks from sessions recorded in New York for these labels between 1921- 1922.
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For a decade or so in the mid 1920s the vibrant music scene in Dallas, Texas earned it the reputation as one of the 'hottest' cities in the South. At the heart of this was Deep Ellum, the downtown area of clubs and theatres which became an essential destination for the major record companies. Columbia, Brunswick and QRS are all represented here. Artists featured are Lillian Ginn, Hattie Hudson, Leroy's Dallas Band, Hattie Burleson, Ben Norsingle, ... [MORE]
Volume 3 in this popular series of recordings of Django Reinhardt with some of the great bands of the age. The album contains no quartet sides at all, the small group sides being solos, duets or trios, but the Quintet's frequent bassist, Louis Vola turns up in the rhythm section of the bands led by Michael Warlop and Jack Hylton alumnis Philippe Brun. We also have the last session featuring Benny Carter before his return to the Satate.
Bands here are ... [MORE]
The California Ramblers was one of the most successful hot dance bands of the 1920 who made copious recordings under that name and a total of 17 pseudonyms! The Birmingham Babies was one such pseudonym and was used for recordings on the Pathe Actuelle label. Featuring Bill Moore, Adrian Rolini, Irving Brodsky, Ray Kitchingman, Stan King plus Red Nichols and Frank Crush on certain tracks. 26 tracks in all [MORE]
Clarence Williams had a distinguished career in jazz and blues. His activities ranged from pianist, arranger, composer, music publisher and artist manager. His was the first black ownen music publishing company, whose first big hit was I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate. The recordings included on this CD were all made during the Depression and the original 78s are extremely rare. This is the first time some of the sessions have been presented in ... [MORE]