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This is volume 2 of the Frog recordings of Bernie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra. Often called 'the heart of America', Kansas City lies in the centre of the USA where the Kansas and Missouri rivers meet. This volume contains all extant recordings of the band to 17th July 1929. They have a lot to recommend them - a distinctive band style, original tunes played with verve and at their best, a superb swinging ensemble. Not to be missed.
The band features ... [MORE]
Featuring Lamar Wright, Ed Lewis, Thamon Hayes, Harlan Leonard, Woody Walder, LaForest Dent, Vernon Page, Willie McWashington
25 tracks from 1926-1928 [MORE]
Chicago, from the late 1920s onwards was home to many bands of 10 or more musicians, and these big bands were untouched for energy, drive and excitement, as this CD will testify. So just sit back and enjoy!
Bands featured here are:
Tracks 1-2 Sunset Band
Tracks 3-8 Elgar's Creole Orchestra
Tracks 9-10 Fess Williams and his Joy Boys
Tracks 11-12 Carroll Dickerson's Savoy Orchestra
Tracks 13-22 Walter Barnes and his Royal ... [MORE]
The Original Indiana Five was a working band and pioneers of radio broadcasts. They played mainly in New York and recordings appeared under their own name and a variety of pseudonyms and proved very popular. This issue contains all the titles recorded for the Harmony label between 1925-29 - Columbia's lower priced label. Their music is rooted in the Dixieland tradition, but also influenced by the New York school of Bix Beiderbeck and Miff Mole. Good and ... [MORE]
The achievements of trombonist Miff Mole were to become overshadowed by those of Jack Teagarden and others by the late 1920s so his recordings have been largely neglected in jazz histories. Yet his music has stood the test of time and Mole and Nichols are unsurpassed in their style. This CD brings together all the Victor recordings made by Miff and Red Nichols under the name of Red and Miff's Stompers, plus tracks from Miff Mole's Molers. The CD includes ... [MORE]
Paramount Recordings from Chicago 1926-1928 with some rarely heard bands and tracks. This was an era of hot jazz sounds from Chicago, so this is a rare treat that's not to be missed!
The bands featured are Klien Tindull Paramount Serenaders, Preston Jackson's Uptown Band, Elzadie Robinson, Wilson's T.O.B.A. Band, Pickett-Parham Apollo Syncopators, Jenette James and her Synco Jazzers, John Williams' Synco Jazzers, DC Nelson's Paramount Serenaders, ... [MORE]
This is the first ever complete collection of all known Clifford hayes' Louisville Stompers sides, issued and unissued. Reflect on how much intuitive pioneers like these added to the spicy pot of the 20th centure - a revelation in black jazz appreciation! Listen and enjoy these 26 Recordings from 1927-1929.
Personnel here include Earl Hines, Clifford Hayes' Louisville Stompers and Sippie Thomas. [MORE]
The City of New York was - since before the turn of the 20th Century, the commercial centre for popular music. By the mid-20s the black popularion of the City had increased greatly and was largely concentrated in Harlem. Jazz was the popular music of the day and the city was full of theatres, night clubs and dance halls providing employment for musicians, and entertainment for the masses.
Bands here are SAVOY BEARCATS, EVELYN PREER ACCOMPANIED BY ... [MORE]
It was the migration of southern black to northern cities in the years 1916-19 which triggered Chicago's Jazz Age. The cabarets, theatres, dance halls clubs all provided employment for skilled musicians who could sight read and accompany performers such as dancers and comedians. The stock market crash of October 1929 marked the end of this Jazz Age and the beginning of the Great Depression. Recording activity virtually came to a standstill. So these are ... [MORE]
The Complete Sessions of The Dixieland Jug Blowers featured here is a culmination of more than thirty years of jug and band tradition radiating from Louisville, Kentucky. Here the 'jug' is an empty one-gallon stone jar that might have contained whisky or cider. it acts solely as a resonator for a double-lip blown 'raspberry'. Most of the band had known one another sine 1914 when there were several stings and jug bands working the area as this was a ... [MORE]
It is strange that precious little is known about the cornet player Thomas Morris, who recorded prolifically in New York in the 1920s. Thereafter he joined the religious sect of Father Divine having given up the life of a musician at some point in the 1930s. Here we have all known takes of his recordings for Victor in 1926.
Bands led on these sessions are: Tracks 1-7 and 17-25 Thomas Morris and his Seven Hot Babies
Track 8 Thomas Morris and his ... [MORE]
LAST COPIES - When they're gone, they're gone!
This is the third CD of a project which was very dear to Humph's heart. He oversaw all the tracks on the album, directing, suggesting and fine tuning the dynamics and solo orders. He always said that the band he had at any particular moment in his life was his favourite, but there's reason to believe that this one really was. He loved it and devoted more of his time to it than to anything else that ... [MORE]
SPECIAL OFFER - newly acquired from 504 records, this CD is available at a special introductory price!
Originally formed by Geoff Gilbert with the help of Brian Bee Minter in 1959, the band quickly became popular with a little help from Ken Colyer! Bee took over the band when Geoff returned to Australia a year later. The music on this CD is spontaneous collective improvisation at its best. There are no stars here - this is an all-star band! ... [MORE]
The American release of our own CD URCD114 - produced in the USA with notes for the US market. Ken Colyer with Ian Wheeler, Mac Duncan, Ray Foxley, Johnny Bastable, Ron Ward and Colin Bowden. Originally recorded at Studio 51 1957-58. [MORE]
Louis Armstrong and his all Stars in radio broadcasts from Blue Note in Chicago 1948 and from Chicago in 1962. Louis Armstrong and Bobby Hackett with Jack Teagarden and Peanuts Hucko in a NBC Broadcast from Winter Garden Theatre in New York 1947 and from 1942 'I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead You Rascal You' with Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra. 'Mack The Knife', 'Blueberry Hill', 'C’est Ci Bon', 'La Vie En Rose' are also on the cd. [MORE]