1940-1942

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The Andy Kirk Orchestra was going through some major changes during the period covered by this CD. Tenor star Dick Wilson died prematurely; pop singer Pha Terrell had left; pianist and chief arranger Mary Lou Williams departed in early 1942 Ken Kersey was her replacement on piano; and such interesting younger players as trumpeters Harold "Shorty" Baker and Howard McGhee and Al Sears on tenor gave the group a slightly different sound. Actually, the music on this CD late-period swing is consistently on a higher level than on most of the previous CDs in the Classics series. Highlights include "The Count," "Hey Lawdy Mama," "Boogie Woogie Cocktail" featuring Kersey and Howard ...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The Andy Kirk Orchestra was going through some major changes during the period covered by this CD. Tenor star Dick Wilson died prematurely; pop singer Pha Terrell had left; pianist and chief arranger Mary Lou Williams departed in early 1942 Ken Kersey was her replacement on piano; and such interesting younger players as trumpeters Harold "Shorty" Baker and Howard McGhee and Al Sears on tenor gave the group a slightly different sound. Actually, the music on this CD late-period swing is consistently on a higher level than on most of the previous CDs in the Classics series. Highlights include "The Count," "Hey Lawdy Mama," "Boogie Woogie Cocktail" featuring Kersey and Howard McGhee's recording debut on the exciting "McGhee Special."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/1996
  • Label: Melodie Jazz Classic
  • UPC: 750582748028
  • Catalog Number: 681

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Midnight Stroll - Andy Kirk (3:21)
  2. 2 Little Miss - Andy Kirk (3:14)
  3. 3 The Count - Andy Kirk (3:11)
  4. 4 Twelfth Street Rag - Andy Kirk (2:57)
  5. 5 (Ev'rything Happened) When I Saw You - Andy Kirk (3:08)
  6. 6 If I Feel This Way Tomorrow (Then It's Love) - Andy Kirk (3:02)
  7. 7 Or Have I - Andy Kirk (2:53)
  8. 8 Cuban Boogie Woogie - Andy Kirk (2:22)
  9. 9 A Dream Dropped In - Andy Kirk (3:09)
  10. 10 Is It a Sin (My Loving You?) - Andy Kirk (3:07)
  11. 11 Ring Dem Bells - Andy Kirk (2:51)
  12. 12 Big Time Crip - Andy Kirk (3:01)
  13. 13 47th Street Jive - Andy Kirk (3:17)
  14. 14 I'm Misunderstood - Andy Kirk (3:22)
  15. 15 No Answer - Andy Kirk (2:49)
  16. 16 Hey Lawdy Mama - Andy Kirk (2:58)
  17. 17 Boogie Woogie Cocktail - Andy Kirk (2:48)
  18. 18 Ride on, Ride On - Andy Kirk (2:36)
  19. 19 McGhee Special - Andy Kirk (2:54)
  20. 20 Worried Life Blues (Someday, Baby) - Andy Kirk (2:29)
  21. 21 Take It and Git! - Andy Kirk (3:16)
  22. 22 Hip Hip Hooray - Andy Kirk (2:59)
  23. 23 Unlucky Blues - Andy Kirk (2:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Andy Kirk & His Clouds of Joy Primary Artist, Track Performer
Andy Kirk Indexed Contributor, Tuba, Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone
Al Sears Tenor Saxophone
Howard McGhee Trumpet
Ken Kersey Piano
Mary Lou Williams Piano
Harold Baker Trumpet
Booker Collins String Bass, Standup Bass
Ted Donnelly Trombone
John Harrington Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Baritone
Edward Inge Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Harry Lawson Trumpet
Earl Miller Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Rudy Powell Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Milt Robinson Trombone
Ben Smith Alto Saxophone
Floyd Smith Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Ben Thigpen Drums
Clarence Trice Trumpet
Henry Wells Trombone, Vocals
Dick Wilson Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
June Richmond Vocals
John Burris Trumpet
Technical Credits
Andy Kirk Director
Al Sears Contributor
Howard McGhee Arranger, Contributor
Ken Kersey Arranger
Mary Lou Williams Arranger, Contributor
Harold Baker Contributor
Euday L. Bowman Composer
Ted Donnelly Contributor
Edward Inge Contributor
Floyd Smith Contributor
June Richmond Contributor
Anatol Schenker Liner Notes
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