1925-1935

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
The 1922-1923 recordings of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings are essential listening for anyone trying to piece together the evolution of New Orleans/Chicago-style jazz see Classics 1129. To be permitted chronological access to everything that subsequently appeared under the banner of the NORK is a ticket to Elysium for all lovers of classic jazz. The first six selections, recorded in New Orleans near the beginning of 1925, reveal a much different band than the ensembles of 1923. Obviously, Jelly Roll Morton isn't directly involved anymore, even if "Golden Leaf Blues" sounds a lot like "Milenberg Joys." Paul Mares and Leon Roppolo retain their position at the center of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
The 1922-1923 recordings of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings are essential listening for anyone trying to piece together the evolution of New Orleans/Chicago-style jazz see Classics 1129. To be permitted chronological access to everything that subsequently appeared under the banner of the NORK is a ticket to Elysium for all lovers of classic jazz. The first six selections, recorded in New Orleans near the beginning of 1925, reveal a much different band than the ensembles of 1923. Obviously, Jelly Roll Morton isn't directly involved anymore, even if "Golden Leaf Blues" sounds a lot like "Milenberg Joys." Paul Mares and Leon Roppolo retain their position at the center of things, but trombonist George Brunies has been replaced by the dashing Santo Pecora. Each little three-minute performance is solid and warm. Now the action moves up to New York City. A small cluster of originally unissued test pressings from June of 1934 includes a vaudeville version of "Shine" by a quartet calling itself "the Four Bales of Cotton", with scatting, trumpeting, and friendly patter by Wingy Manone. Although "Shine," with its mildly Jim Crow lyrics, always does better as an instrumental, this theatrical singalong approach is somehow fascinating. The same session yielded two hot instrumentals by a reassembled Rhythm Kings with a front line of Manone, either Brunies or Pecora, clarinetist Sidney Arodin, and the tenor saxophone of Eddie Miller. Why these sides were rejected in 1934 is anybody's guess. By September of that year, Decca was taking them more seriously. Brunies and Manone led a six-piece mob through eight outstanding stomps. Arodin's marvelous "San Antonio Shout" is succeeded by one traditional jazz anthem after the next. Their handling of "Jazz Me Blues" is particularly tasty. The session of September 26 was shaped by a deliberate emphasis on material harking back to the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Back in Chicago on January 26, 1935, Paul Mares led his own version of a reconstituted Rhythm Kings band, referencing the earliest NORK sessions by reviving the Friars Society Orchestra name. The appropriately titled "Reincarnation" is elegantly, majestically blue. "Land of Dreams," "Nagasaki," and "Maple Leaf" swing hard. Pecora is back, along with the mighty Omer Simeon and a tough alto sax player by the name of Boyce Brown. The last band to record under this name in the 1930s had a strong front line in Muggsy Spanier, George Brunies, and Eddie Miller. Two of the numbers are hot Fats Waller spinoffs, while "No Lovers Allowed" is OK and "Since We Fell Out of Love" has notably stupid lyrics, made insufferable by Red McKenzie, who insists on warbling away at each song without mercy. Either you love him or you want to cram a comb down his throat. Whenever the singer runs out of lyrics, Muggsy's cornet shines like the harvest moon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/1/2001
  • Label: Melodie Jazz Classic
  • EAN: 3307517115027
  • Catalog Number: 1150
  • Sales rank: 109,864

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Baby (3:02)
  2. 2 I Never Knew What a Girl Could Do (3:01)
  3. 3 She's Crying for Me (2:50)
  4. 4 Golden Leaf Strut (2:50)
  5. 5 She' Crying for Me (2:47)
  6. 6 Everybody Loves Somebody Blues (2:54)
  7. 7 Shine - Four Bales Of Cotton (3:04)
  8. 8 Panama (2:48)
  9. 9 Tin Roof Blues (2:59)
  10. 10 San Antonio Shout (2:22)
  11. 11 Tin Roof Blues (2:29)
  12. 12 Panama (3:03)
  13. 13 Jazz It Blues (2:29)
  14. 14 Bluin' the Blues (2:57)
  15. 15 Ostrich Walk (3:01)
  16. 16 Original Dixieland One-Step (2:51)
  17. 17 Sensation (2:48)
  18. 18 Nagasaki - Paul Mares (3:13)
  19. 19 Reincarnation - Paul Mares (2:50)
  20. 20 Maple Leaf Rag - Paul Mares (2:59)
  21. 21 The Land of Dreams - Paul Mares (2:59)
  22. 22 Baby Brown (2:50)
  23. 23 No Lovers Allowed (3:01)
  24. 24 Dust off That Old Piano (3:01)
  25. 25 Since We Fell Out of Love (2:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
New Orleans Rhythm Kings Primary Artist
Gene Krupa Drums
Muggsy Spanier Clarinet
Boyce Brown Alto Saxophone
Wingy Manone Trumpet, Vocals
Chink Martin Bass
Santo Pecora Trombone
George Wettling Drums
Red McKenzie Vocals
Sidney Arodin Clarinet
George Brunies Trombone
Charlie Cordella Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Bill Eastwood Banjo
Nappy Lamare Guitar
Paul Mares Clarinet, Trumpet
Eddie Miller Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Leon Roppolo Clarinet
Omer Simeon Clarinet
Benny Pottle Bass
Terry Shand Piano
Marvin Saxbe Guitar
Gil Bowers Piano
Four Bales Of Cotton Track Performer
Technical Credits
Scott Joplin Composer
Eddie Edwards Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Duncan P. Schiedt Photo Courtesy
Anatol Schenker Liner Notes
Alex Hill Composer
Ford Dabney Composer
Cecil Mack Composer
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