1928-1935

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Jack Purvis was a strange figure in jazz history. A talented trumpeter who could also play effective trombone starting in the late '20s, Purvis was also a petty thief, a smuggler, a cook, an airplane pilot, and a charming con man. He was in one legendary escapade after another, which finally resulted in a jail sentence, and he never seemed to regret any of his adventures or make any attempt at reform. His remarkable and somewhat unbelievable tale is outlined in detail in Michael Brooks' lengthy and definitive liner notes to this superb three-CD set. Purvis made all of his recordings during 1928-1931 except for a lone session by pianist Frank Froeba in 1935, leading eight ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Jack Purvis was a strange figure in jazz history. A talented trumpeter who could also play effective trombone starting in the late '20s, Purvis was also a petty thief, a smuggler, a cook, an airplane pilot, and a charming con man. He was in one legendary escapade after another, which finally resulted in a jail sentence, and he never seemed to regret any of his adventures or make any attempt at reform. His remarkable and somewhat unbelievable tale is outlined in detail in Michael Brooks' lengthy and definitive liner notes to this superb three-CD set. Purvis made all of his recordings during 1928-1931 except for a lone session by pianist Frank Froeba in 1935, leading eight selections of his own and otherwise mostly adding some hot jazz trumpet to dance band dates. Along the way he backed vocalists, played with some jazz orchestras including Hal Kemp during his hottest period and popped up on sets by the Boswell Sisters, Rube Bloom, and the California Ramblers. Although it never says on this set whether the 74 selections include one of Purvis' recorded trumpet solos, certainly every significant recording in his brief career is here. Collectors of 1920s jazz and early Depression-era dance music, and those curious as to the Jack Purvis story, should go out of their way to pick up this perfectly realized reissue from the Canadian Jazz Oracle label.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2003
  • Label: Jazz Oracle
  • UPC: 620588803529
  • Catalog Number: 8035

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 After My Laughter Came Tears - Arnold Johnson and His Orchestra (3:13)
  2. 2 Together - Arnold Johnson and His Orchestra (3:07)
  3. 3 What's the Reason - Arnold Johnson and His Orchestra (3:07)
  4. 4 Get Your Man - Arnold Johnson and His Orchestra (3:02)
  5. 5 Georgie Porgie - Arnold Johnson and His Orchestra (3:10)
  6. 6 Wake Up! Chillun Wake Up! - Smith Ballew (2:55)
  7. 7 Just You, Just Me - Smith Ballew (3:01)
  8. 8 Blondy - Smith Ballew (2:58)
  9. 9 Miss You - Smith Ballew (2:45)
  10. 10 I Gotta Have You - Hal Kemp & His Orchestra (3:05)
  11. 11 Lady Luck - Hal Kemp & His Orchestra (3:06)
  12. 12 Navy Blues - Hal Kemp & His Orchestra (2:52)
  13. 13 Navy Blues - Hal Kemp & His Orchestra (2:50)
  14. 14 Copyin' Louis (3:18)
  15. 15 Mental Strain at Dawn (2:49)
  16. 16 Charming - Smith Ballew (3:13)
  17. 17 Under a Texas Moon - Hal Kemp & His Orchestra (3:20)
  18. 18 I'd Like to Be a Gypsy - Hal Kemp & His Orchestra (3:18)
  19. 19 Can't You Hear Me Callin', Caroline? - Hal Kemp & His Orchestra (3:21)
  20. 20 Sing You Sinners - Smith Ballew (3:15)
  21. 21 In My Little Hope Chest - Smith Ballew (3:25)
  22. 22 Stein Song - Ted Wallace and His Orchestra (3:30)
  23. 23 Dismal Dan (3:07)
  24. 24 Poor Richard (3:05)
  25. 25 Down Georgia Way (3:30)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Nobody Cares If I'm Blue - Ted Wallace and His Orchestra (3:20)
  2. 2 Mysterious Mose - Ted Wallace and His Orchestra (2:57)
  3. 3 What's the Use of Cryin' Baby (3:12)
  4. 4 When You're Feeling Blue (3:19)
  5. 5 Be Bo Bo (3:11)
  6. 6 Ro-Ro-Rollin' Along - Ted Wallace and His Orchestra (3:32)
  7. 7 Washin' the Blues from My Soul (3:14)
  8. 8 Washin' the Blues from My Soul (3:16)
  9. 9 On Revival Day - Rube Bloom & His Bayou Boys (3:10)
  10. 10 On Revival Day - Rube Bloom & His Bayou Boys (3:14)
  11. 11 There's a Wah-Wah Gal in Agua Caliente - Rube Bloom & His Bayou Boys (2:52)
  12. 12 I Love You So Much (3:11)
  13. 13 Just a Little Closer - Ted Wallace and His Orchestra (3:04)
  14. 14 I've Got My Eye on You - Ted Wallace and His Orchestra (3:12)
  15. 15 Tomorrow Is Another Day - Ted Wallace and His Campus Boys (3:06)
  16. 16 Don't Tell Her What's Happened to Me - Ted Wallace and His Campus Boys (3:30)
  17. 17 How a Little Girl Like You Could Love Me (3:11)
  18. 18 Sweet Eyes of Blue (3:11)
  19. 19 Sleepy Time Gal (3:18)
  20. 20 How a Little Girl Like You Could Love Me - Ted Wallace and His Orchestra (2:57)
  21. 21 Sweet Jennie Lee! - Ted Wallace and His Orchestra (3:01)
  22. 22 Fraternity Blues - Ted Wallace and His Campus Boys (2:58)
  23. 23 Football Freddy - Ted Wallace and His Campus Boys (3:15)
  24. 24 St. Louis Blues - Lloyd Newton and His Varsity Eleven (3:04)
  25. 25 Sweet Jennie Lee - Lloyd Newton and His Varsity Eleven (2:47)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Deserted Blues - Roy Wilson and His Georgia Crackers (3:01)
  2. 2 Swamp Blues - Roy Wilson and His Georgia Crackers (3:07)
  3. 3 Three Little Words (3:13)
  4. 4 You're Driving Me Crazy! (What Did I Do?) (3:01)
  5. 5 You're Driving Me Crazy! (What Did I Do?) (3:09)
  6. 6 He's My Secret Passion (3:09)
  7. 7 The Peanut Vendor (3:42)
  8. 8 Walkin' My Baby Back Home - Ted Wallace and His Orchestra (3:02)
  9. 9 Telling You I Love You (2:57)
  10. 10 By a Lazy Country Lane - Ted Wallace and His Campus Boys (3:20)
  11. 11 Whistles - Hal Kemp & His Orchestra (2:54)
  12. 12 Let's Get Friendly - Nick Lucas & His Crooning Troubadours (3:01)
  13. 13 (There Ought to Be A) Moonlight Saving Time - Hal Kemp & His Orchestra (2:54)
  14. 14 (There Ought to Be A) Moonlight Saving Time - Dick Robertson & His Orchestra (2:57)
  15. 15 Stardust - Ted Wallace and His Campus Boys (3:34)
  16. 16 That's My Desire - Nick Lucas & His Crooning Troubadours (3:23)
  17. 17 It's the Girl (3:15)
  18. 18 It's You (3:07)
  19. 19 Guilty - Ted Wallace and His Campus Boys (3:26)
  20. 20 Concentratin' (On You) (3:26)
  21. 21 Honest, Really, Truly - Art Jarrett (2:37)
  22. 22 Church Mouse on a Spree - Frank Froeba (2:50)
  23. 23 The Music Goes 'Round and Around - Frank Froeba (3:11)
  24. 24 There'll Be a Great Day in the Mornin'! - Frank Froeba (2:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jack Purvis Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
The Boswell Sisters Vocals
Bunny Berigan Trumpet
Benny Goodman Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Hal Kemp Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Eddie Lang Guitar
Joe Venuti Violin
Connee Boswell Vocals
Adrian Rollini Piano, Bass Saxophone, Vocals
Babe Russin Tenor Saxophone
Frank Froeba Piano
Harold Arlen Piano, Vocals
Nick Lucas Guitar, Vocals
Skinnay Ennis Drums, Vocals
George Rose Guitar
Rube Bloom Piano
Arnold Brillhardt Clarinet
Tommy Christian Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bobby Davis Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Damon Dickson Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Dorsey Clarinet
Eddie Dougherty Drums
Herbie Haymer Tenor Saxophone
J.C. Higginbotham Trombone, Vocals
Stan King Drums
Paul Mason Tenor Saxophone
Castor McCord Tenor Saxophone
Fred Van Eps Trumpet
Bobby Van Eps Piano
Greely Walton Tenor Saxophone
Paul Weston Bass, Tuba, Double Bass, String Bass
Helvetia "Vet" Boswell Vocals
Martha Boswell Piano, Vocals
Charlie Butterfield Trombone
Ronnie Ingraham Vocals
Dick McDonough Banjo, Guitar
Eddie Sexton Guitar
Joe Tarto Bass, String Bass
Dick Robertson Vocals
Mickey Bloom Trumpet
Joe LaFaro Violin
Carl Loeffler Trombone
Pete Pumiglio Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Samson Hoffman Violin
Pat Davis Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Will Johnson Guitar, Vocals
Charlie Kegley Drums
Ward Lay Bass, String Bass
Paul Van Loan Trombone
Smith Ballew Vocals
Seger Ellis Piano, Vocals
Eddie Farley Trumpet
Elmer Feldkamp Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Art Jarrett Vocals
Irving Kaufman Vocals
Lee Morse Vocals
Terry Shand Piano
John Scott Trotter Piano
Ed Kirkeby Vocals
Lyle Bowen Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Slats Long Clarinet
Irving Brodsky Piano
Saxie Dowell Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Pinky Kintzle Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Gus Mayhew Trombone
Carrol Walrond Bass, String Bass
Bruce Yantis Violin
Ben Williams II Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Roy Evans Vocals
Mart Britt Banjo, Vocals
Roy Strom Violin, Vocals
Joe Dale Drums
Bob Burns Jr. Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Whitey Kaufman's Original Pennsylvania Serenaders Drums
Bob Burns Jr. Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Sunny Clapp Trombone
Bill Magee Vocals
Clayton Duerr Guitar
Lew Cobey Piano
Tex Hurst Bass, String Bass
J. Earle Isom Trumpet
Tommy Bohn Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Wally Curtis Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Gerald Gillis Drums, Vocals
Olly Humphries Banjo
Joe Gillespie Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ezell Watson Clarinet
Harold Bagg Piano
Ray Watson Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Walters Ukulele, Vocals
Dee Orr Drums
Sidney Harris Violin
Skoop Tomson Guitar
Derrick Dixon Vocals
James Powers Drums, Vibes
Earl Geirger Trumpet
Rube Bloom & His Bayou Boys Track Performer
Arnold Johnson and His Orchestra Track Performer
Nick Lucas & His Crooning Troubadours Track Performer
Lloyd Newton and His Varsity Eleven Track Performer
Ted Wallace and His Campus Boys Track Performer
Ted Wallace and His Orchestra Track Performer
Roy Wilson and His Georgia Crackers Track Performer
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Jeff Healey Engineer
James P. Johnson Composer
Hal Kemp Director
Fats Waller Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Billy Mayerl Composer
Skinnay Ennis Contributor
Keith Miller Engineer
Andy Razaf Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Spencer Clark Contributor
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Jesse Greer Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Irving Kahal Composer
Bert Kalmar Composer
Raymond Klages Composer
Jack Mayhew Contributor
Mitchell Parish Composer
Mike Riley Composer
Harry Ruby Composer
Jim Shepherd Engineer
Roy Turk Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Jack Yellen Composer
Jack King Graphic Design
Herbert Stothart Composer
Jack Purvis Composer
Eddie Farley Composer
Arnold Johnson Arranger
Harry Richman Composer
Joseph Young Composer
Ed Kirkeby Director
Moisés Simóns Composer
John Leifert Engineer
John R.T. Davies Producer, Engineer, Remastering
Bob Mayhew Contributor
Charles Tobias Composer
Ben Williams II Contributor
Sam Coslow Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Grant Clarke Composer
Donald Kahn Composer
Ange Lorenzo Composer
Carroll Loveday Composer
Marion Sunshine Composer
Joseph Reed Alden Composer
Abel Baer Composer
Burke Bivens Composer
Dan Dougherty Composer
Walter Doyle Composer
Raymond B. Egan Composer
Colin Bray Producer
John Wilby Producer, Engineer
Red Hodgson Composer
Jim Prohaska Engineer
Michael Brooks Liner Notes
Ross Wilby Engineer
George Carhart Contributor
Harold Arluck Arranger
Grant Cairns Engineer
David Oppenheim Composer
Ezell Watson Director
Betty Purvis Contributor
W. Frank Harling Composer
Michael Cleary Composer
Charley Bennett Arranger
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