1938-1940

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Here is a particularly tasty portion of old-fashioned Chicago-style jazz, calmly dished out by some of Condon's very best bands. "Jackson Teagarden and his trombone" deliver the nicest portrait of "Diane" ever painted. "Serenade to a Shylock" slowly ambles through Mr. T's vocal and suddenly kicks up into a stomp, sharpened at the edges by Pee Wee Russell's gloriously filthy clarinet. Bud Freeman glides effortlessly into "Sunday" and "California." Bud's relaxing influence bathes the entire band in rosy light even during upbeat finales. On August 11, 1939, Davey Tough actually made it into a recording studio. While George Wettling and Lionel Hampton had each served ably on ...
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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Here is a particularly tasty portion of old-fashioned Chicago-style jazz, calmly dished out by some of Condon's very best bands. "Jackson Teagarden and his trombone" deliver the nicest portrait of "Diane" ever painted. "Serenade to a Shylock" slowly ambles through Mr. T's vocal and suddenly kicks up into a stomp, sharpened at the edges by Pee Wee Russell's gloriously filthy clarinet. Bud Freeman glides effortlessly into "Sunday" and "California." Bud's relaxing influence bathes the entire band in rosy light even during upbeat finales. On August 11, 1939, Davey Tough actually made it into a recording studio. While George Wettling and Lionel Hampton had each served ably on the preceding tracks, it's invigorating to hear Mr. Tough driving the band the way he did. The same could be said for Joe Sullivan, with all due respect for Jess Stacy and Joe Bushkin. The chemistry on this little Decca date is really magical. "Friar's Point" gets low-down and dirty, a funky collective discourse on the human condition. Back with Commodore Records on November 30, 1939, Condon retained Max Kaminsky, Brad Gowans, and Pee Wee Russell for a real blowing session. While "Jelly Roll" bakes itself brown, during "Strut Miss Lizzie" the band sounds almost possessed. "It's Right Here for You" is just plain gorgeous. These really are among the best records Condon ever produced, and everybody ought to get a chance to hear them on a regular basis. On March 24, 1940, about 17 minutes' worth of "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" was spread over four 12" 78-rpm platters, with 11 musicians taking turns ritualistically hammering out every possible angle of the song. While conventional criticism regards this as a bit too much of a good thing, seasoned jazz heads are surely capable of enjoying dramatically extended solos without undue concern for "normal" parameters. Rules and preconceptions are made to be broken and dispelled. With this precept in mind, the session of November 11, 1940, is particularly tasty. Invading the Commodore studios, popular Victor recording artist Thomas "Fats" Waller cheerfully broke his contract by making records with Condon's band under the pseudonym "Maurice", a name borrowed from one of his sons. This music is exquisite. The combination of Pee Wee and Fats should have occurred much more often than it ever did. Waller and Condon first made records together in 1929 -- in the very same studio, by the way: the wonderful Liederkranz Hall. This, then, was a sort of reunion, bittersweet in retrospect, as Fats died in December of 1943, making this Commodore jam the last time the two men would get to play music together in front of the same microphone.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/3/1998
  • Label: Melodie Jazz Classic
  • EAN: 3307517075925
  • Catalog Number: 759

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddie Condon Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Band, Ensemble
Bud Freeman Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Hackett Cornet
Lionel Hampton Drums
Max Kaminsky Trumpet
Pee Wee Russell Clarinet
Muggsy Spanier Cornet
Jack Teagarden Trombone
Fats Waller Piano
Georg Brunis Trombone
Joe Bushkin Piano
Brad Gowans Valve Trombone
Joe Marsala Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Miff Mole Trombone
Joe Sullivan Piano
George Wettling Drums
Vernon Brown Trombone
Clyde Newcombe Bass, Bass Saxophone
Artie Shapiro Bass Saxophone
Jess Stacy Piano
Dave Tough Drums
Marty Marsala Trumpet
Arthur Shapiro Bass
Technical Credits
Eddie Condon Composer
Brad Gowans Contributor
Henry Creamer Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Turner Layton Composer
Harry Beasley Smith Composer
Ted Snyder Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Harry White Composer
Anatol Schenker Liner Notes
Lew Pollack Composer
Benjamin Franklin Spikes Composer
Francis Wheeler Composer
John Spikes Composer
W. Benton Overstreet Composer
Erno Rapee Composer
Billy Higgins Composer
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