1939-1942

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Well, let's put it this way. If you were to choose one Muggsy Spanier collection out of his portion of the Classics Chronological Series or any edition on any other label for that matter, let it be Classics 709, which contains all of the essential material from every session he led between July 7, 1939 and June 1, 1942. This includes the master takes from Spanier's Bluebird "Ragtime Band" sessions of 1939, which are generally considered to have been the apex of his entire career. Participants in these joyous and staunchly traditional proceedings included singing trombonist George Brunies, master clarinetist Rod Cless, tenor saxophonists Ray McKinstry, Bernie Billings and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Well, let's put it this way. If you were to choose one Muggsy Spanier collection out of his portion of the Classics Chronological Series or any edition on any other label for that matter, let it be Classics 709, which contains all of the essential material from every session he led between July 7, 1939 and June 1, 1942. This includes the master takes from Spanier's Bluebird "Ragtime Band" sessions of 1939, which are generally considered to have been the apex of his entire career. Participants in these joyous and staunchly traditional proceedings included singing trombonist George Brunies, master clarinetist Rod Cless, tenor saxophonists Ray McKinstry, Bernie Billings and Nick Caiazza, and pianists Joe Bushkin and George Zack. From the languid reflectivity of "Relaxin' at the Touro" to the punchy rowdiness of "I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate," this is the very best of the music Muggsy Spanier left to posterity, and it virtually defines the entire genre of Chicago-style New Orleans-inspired traditional jazz. What makes this collection even finer and more useful is the addition of eight lesser-known Decca recordings cut in January and June 1942, with Caiazza joined at times by clarinetist Irving Fazola and someone named Benny Goodman operating both the black stick and the alto sax. Vocals throughout this delightful collection are as follows: George Brunies sings "Big Butter and Egg Man," "Dinah," and "Sister Kate"; trombonist Ford Leary arm wrestles Vernon Dalhart, as it were, in "The Wreck of the Old 97," and Dottie Reid croons "More Than You Know." The most important ingredient, of course, is the wonderful cornet of Muggsy Spanier, who Lester Young gently christened "Muddy Spaniels."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/1996
  • Label: Melodie Jazz Classic
  • EAN: 3307517070920
  • Catalog Number: 709

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Big Butter and Egg Man (2:57)
  2. 2 Someday, Sweetheart (2:40)
  3. 3 Eccentric (That Eccentric Rag) (2:33)
  4. 4 That Da Da Strain (2:25)
  5. 5 At the Jazz Band Ball (2:45)
  6. 6 I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate (2:53)
  7. 7 Dippermouth Blues (2:22)
  8. 8 Livery Stable Blues (Barnyard Blues) (2:55)
  9. 9 Riverboat Shuffle (2:40)
  10. 10 Relaxin' at the Touro (3:09)
  11. 11 At Sundown (2:30)
  12. 12 Bluin' the Blues (2:36)
  13. 13 Lonesome Road (2:57)
  14. 14 Dinah (2:39)
  15. 15 Black and Blue (2:37)
  16. 16 Mandy, Make up Your Mind (2:33)
  17. 17 Little David, Play Your Harp (3:14)
  18. 18 Can't We Be Friends? (3:09)
  19. 19 Chicago (2:34)
  20. 20 Hesitating Blues (3:07)
  21. 21 Wreck of the Old '97 (2:56)
  22. 22 American Patrol (2:44)
  23. 23 Two O'Clock Jump (2:53)
  24. 24 More Than You Know (2:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Muggsy Spanier Primary Artist, Clarinet
Georg Brunis Trombone, Vocals
Joe Bushkin Piano
Irving Fazola Clarinet
George Zack Piano
Dave Bowman Piano
Vernon Brown Trombone
Nick Caiazza Tenor Saxophone
Don Carter Drums
Bob Casey Guitar
Rod Cless Clarinet
Ford Leary Trombone, Vocals
Ralph Muzillo Trumpet
John Smith Alto Saxophone
Charlie Queener Piano
Dottie Reid Vocals
Frank Bruno Trumpet
Ruby Weinstein Trumpet
Joe Herde Alto Saxophone
Bud Smith Trombone
Ken Broadhurst Guitar
Jack Kelleher Baritone Saxophone
Ray McKinstry Tenor Saxophone
Al Sidell Drums
Al Hammer Drums
Bernie Billings Tenor Saxophone
Léon Schwartz Trumpet
Technical Credits
King Oliver Composer
Muggsy Spanier Director
Eddie Edwards Composer
Nick LaRocca Composer
Cliff Friend Composer
Marvin Lee Composer
Henry W. Ragas Composer
Tony Sbarbaro Composer
Larry Shields Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Henry Clay Work Composer
Anatol Schenker Liner Notes
F.J. Lewey Composer
Joe Young Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Sidney Clare Composer
Ray Lopez Composer
Lester Santly Composer
Alcide "Yellow" Nunez Composer
Frank W. Meacham Composer
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