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CD / Product Number: URCD033

URCD163 recalls the wartime years when youth and free spirits set down on record some outstanding jazz which still sounds fresh and exciting today. 24 tracks from 1944 and 1945. Personnel are Vic Lewis, Jack Parnell, Billy Riddick, Ronnie Chamberlain, Derek Hawkins, Dick Katz and Charlie Short, Pat Hawes, Ken Matthews Colin Miller. URCD192 is a landmark in jazz history as it documents the first time a British jazzman recorded with American musicians in an informal setting. Artists include Bobby Hackett, Zutty Singleton, Pee Wee Russell, Eddie Condon, Jack Parnell, George Chisholm, Johnny Mince and Dick Katz.


Disc 1: URCD163 VIC LEWIS and JACK PARNELL's JAZZMEN - Singin' The Blues

A special re-release of original Parlophone recordings that sold over 50,000 albums when first released. First time ever available on CD.

February 1944 Billy Riddick, Ronnie Chamberlain, Derek Hawkins, Dick Katz, Vic Lewis, Charlie Short, Jack Parnell

1. Johnny's Idea
2. Mean Old Bed Bug
3. Jazz Band Jump
4. I'm Coming Virginia

June 1944 As above but Lou Nussbaum replaces Charlie Short.

5. Jazz Men Blues
6. Ja-Da
7. Why Begin Again? (Pastel Blue)
8. Sugar
9. I Found A New Baby

August 1944 As 1-4 but Bert Howard replaces Charlie Short.

10. That's A Plenty
11. Ugly Child (You're Some Pretty Doll)
12. Dick's Boogie
13. Mop Mop

October 1944 Same as 1-4 but with Bert Howard replacing Charlie Short and Cliff Townsend joining on alto sax and clarinet.

14. Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't My Baby?
15. Get Happy
16. Indiana
17. Someday Sweetheart

February 1945 As 1-4 but Bert Howard replaces Charlie Short plus Laddie Busby on trombone.

18. I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None of My Jelly Roll
19. Singin' The Blues

March 1945 As 18-19

20. At The Jazz Band Ball
21. Royal Garden Blues
22. Singin The Blues
23. Prince of Wales

June 1945 As 1-4 but Bert Howard repolaces Charlie Short plus Billy Riddick melophone, trombone.

24. Sugar


Tracks 1-6 5th October 1938 New York
Tracks 7-12 19th October 1938 New York
VIC LEWIS NEW JORK JAZZMEN - Bobby Hackett, cnt, Dave Bowman, pno, Eddie Condon Vic Lewis, gtrs, Zutty Singleton, drs
Tracks 14-19 Mid February 1944 London
VIC LEWIS JAM SESSION - Billy Jones tpt, Jake Kovan tpt, George Chisholm tbne, Johnny Mince cl, Joe Guidice tenor sax, Dick Katz pno, Vic Lewis guitar/voc, Charlie Short bass, Jack Parnell dms

1 New York Blues
2 Early Rising Blues
3 Hackett Picking Blues
4 Sugar
5 Baby Won’t You Please Come Home
6 Keep Smiling At Trouble
7 Basin Street Blues
8 Tiger Rag
9 Leader’s Headache Blues
10 Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
11 That’s a Plenty
12 Muskrat Ramble
13 Hackett Picking Blues – Test Recording
14 Ain’t Misbehavin’
15 Wigmore Blues
16 Johnny’s Idea
17 Someday Sweetheart
18 Tea for Two
19 My Blue Heaven