1940-1949

1940-1949

by Bill Coleman
     
 
This second volume of the complete recordings of Bill Coleman presented in chronological order opens with ten vocal tracks of surprising warmth and intimacy. Remember those marvelous records that Coleman made with Fats Waller & His Rhythm in the mid-'30s? These rare and pleasant performances from 1940 and 1941 are faintly reminiscent of those Rhythm sides, although

Overview

This second volume of the complete recordings of Bill Coleman presented in chronological order opens with ten vocal tracks of surprising warmth and intimacy. Remember those marvelous records that Coleman made with Fats Waller & His Rhythm in the mid-'30s? These rare and pleasant performances from 1940 and 1941 are faintly reminiscent of those Rhythm sides, although naturally neither of the vocalists heard here comes anywhere near Waller's candid charm and effervescence. Eddy Howard does sound remarkably cozy with his two little love songs, and Chick Bullock -- said to have been the most heavily recorded vocalist of the 1930s -- turns in what might well be his best performances on record. What really makes these pretty pop tunes sparkle and glow is the combination of great instrumentalists. Collectively speaking, trombonist Benny Morton, clarinetists Edmond Hall and Jimmy Hamilton, saxophonists Bud Freeman and George James, electric guitarist Charlie Christian, and pianist Teddy Wilson turn each of these songs into relatively substantial jazz. Even "Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning" -- once Irving Berlin's famous kvetching lyrics are out of the way -- swings with abandon largely thanks to the presence of master percussionist J.C. Heard. The Bill Coleman chronology leaps rather abruptly to a pair of swing-to-bop blowing sessions involving tenor saxophonist Don Byas recorded in Paris on January 4 and 5, 1949. Coleman sings his own "Bill's Brother's Blues" and wields his horn magnificently alongside Byas, particularly on "Liza," "What Is This Thing Called Love?," and "St. Louis Blues." This portion of the Bill Coleman story ends with a session led by pianist Jack Dieval and featuring smoky tenor saxophonist Paul Vernon. Coleman sings again, this time on "I Can't Get Started" and a briskly rendered "Tea for Two."

Product Details

Release Date:
10/02/2002
Label:
Melodie Jazz Classic
UPC:
3307517125620
catalogNumber:
1256
Rank:
206408

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Coleman   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Charlie Christian   Electric Guitar
Bud Freeman   Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Edmond Hall   Clarinet
Benny Morton   Trombone
Bernard Peiffer   Piano
Don Byas   Tenor Saxophone
Jacques Diéval   Piano
Richard Frost   Drums
Eddie Gibbs   Guitar
Hall   Bass
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet
J.C. Heard   Drums
Eddy Howard   Vocals
George James   Baritone Saxophone
Yank Porter   Drums
Emmanuel Soudieux   Bass
Chick Bullock   Vocals
Jean Bouchety   Bass
Billy Taylor   Bass
Paul Vernon   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Bill Coleman   Composer
James P. Johnson   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Jacques Diéval   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Jesse Greer   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Raymond Klages   Composer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Composer
Jesse Stone   Composer
Jimmy Sherman   Composer
Lacalle   Composer
Anatol Schenker   Liner Notes
Ernie Burnett   Composer
George Norton   Composer
Cecil Mack   Composer
Lee Roberts   Composer
Louis Atler   Composer
Jimmy Davis   Composer
W. Benton Overstreet   Composer
J. Will Callahan   Composer
Billy Higgins   Composer
James Hanley   Composer

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