All Star Jazz Quartets

All Star Jazz Quartets


JSP's All Star Jazz Quartets is a 97-track mini-archive of early jazz and small-band swing records dating from the years 1927-1941. Like any JSP compilation, four-CD box set is reasonably priced and packed to the gills with great vintage music. Disc one focuses mainly on brass players, beginning with …  See more details below


JSP's All Star Jazz Quartets is a 97-track mini-archive of early jazz and small-band swing records dating from the years 1927-1941. Like any JSP compilation, four-CD box set is reasonably priced and packed to the gills with great vintage music. Disc one focuses mainly on brass players, beginning with Louis Armstrong's "Coal Cart Blues," and touching upon the Parisian adventures of Rex Stewart and Dickie Wells. The inclusion of five gutsy jams by the Hot Lips Page Trio adds tremendous value to this set. Page's "trio" was actually a quartet with guitarist Teddy Bunn, Ernest "Bass" Hill, and critic/producer Leonard Feather at the piano. Cornetist Jabbo Smith is heard with pipe organist Fats Waller, pianist James P. Johnson, and multi-reedman Garvin Bushell in a 1928 chamber jazz ensemble known as the Louisiana Sugar Babes. Jabbo also leads his own Rhythm Aces in a fast-paced, frantic "Jazz Battle." There are several fine pieces by Harry James with Teddy Wilson, and one early example of Tommy Dorsey blowing a muted trumpet. This excellent volume closes with two old-styled masterworks by Muggsy Spanier and Sidney Bechet's Hot Record Society unit, the Big Four. Disc two is primarily devoted to reed players, with Benny Goodman's Quartet grabbing the first seven tracks, followed by Joe Marsala with Roy Eldridge and Frank Teschemacher with Eddie Condon's Quartet. Bechet reappears with Spanier and also as a member of Noble Sissle's Swingsters. One sterling example from saxophonist Coleman Hawkins leads to a Blue Note session led by clarinetist Edmond Hall with electrically amplified guitarist Charlie Christian and boogie-woogie master Meade "Lux" Lewis, who operates a tinkling celeste. On "Call Me a Taxi" and "I Hear You Talking," tenor saxophonist Eddie Miller and three colleagues from Bob Crosby's scaled down band are billed as Four of the Bob Cats. Omer Simeon signifies with his own quartet anchored by pianist Earl Fatha Hines, and as a member of a foursome led by Jelly Roll Morton. One of the great definitive traditional jazz records, Jelly's "Mournful Serenade" is a masterpiece of intimate collaboration. Disc three is mostly given over to stringed instruments, with fiddler Joe Venuti commandeering the entire first half of the menu in collusion with virtuoso guitarist Eddie Lang. Highlights in this part of the package include Adrian Rollini's hot fountain pen solo on "Kickin' the Cat"; Teschemacher's brave essay on bassoon during "Runnin' Ragged," and Jimmy Dorsey's warbling clarinet during the opening of "Raggin' the Scale." Teschemacher's handling of the bassoon echoes Bushell's efforts on that instrument with the Louisiana Sugar Babes. Violinist Eddie South is represented by records he cut in the U.S. with his own Alabamians and in Paris with Django Reinhardt. There are also brief outings with French fiddlers Stéphane Grappelli and Michel Warlop. This delightful disc rounds off with encores by the Edmond Hall and Spanier/Bechet groups. Disc four is thickly populated by old-style jazz quartets with a high incidence of washboard percussion. Louis Armstrong re-manifests as a member of Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards alongside clarinetist Johnny Dodds and pianist Jimmy Blythe. Dodds is well-represented with the Chicago Footwarmers, the Dixie Land Thumpers, and the Beale Street Washboard Band. Several New York-based groups led by Clarence Williams are also propelled by rub boards, and the anthology closes pleasantly enough with a half-dozen sides by Harlem stride pianist Willie "The Lion" Smith & His Cubs. This is an extraordinarily enjoyable compilation, and anyone interested in high quality pre-WWII small-group jazz ought to seriously consider obtaining a personal copy in order to stay in touch with tradition while staving off negative vibrations.

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Disc 1

  1. Coal Cart Blues
  2. Montmarte (Django's Jump)
  3. Low Cotton
  4. Finesse
  5. I Know What You Know
  6. Solid Old Man
  7. Thirsty Mama Blues  - Hot Lips Page
  8. Just Another Woman  - Hot Lips Page
  9. My Fightin' Gal  - Hot Lips Page
  10. Evil Man's Blues  - Hot Lips Page
  11. Do It If You Wanna  - Hot Lips Page
  12. Willow Tree
  13. 'Sippi
  14. Thou Swell
  15. Persian Rug
  16. Jazz Battle
  17. Ain't Misbehavin'
  18. Honeysuckle Rose
  19. Just a Mood (Blue Mood), Pts. 1 & 2
  20. Lady Be Good
  21. Dickie Wells Blues
  22. You Can't Cheat a Cheater
  23. Four or Five Times  -  Bechet-Spanier Big Four
  24. Sweet Lorraine  -  Bechet-Spanier Big Four

Disc 2

  1. Moon Glow
  2. Dinah
  3. Vibraphone Blues
  4. Sweet Sue - Just You
  5. My Melancholy Baby
  6. Stompin' at the Savoy
  7. Whispering
  8. Swingin' on That Famous Door
  9. Farewell Blues
  10. Lazy River  -  Bechet-Spanier Big Four
  11. China Boy  -  Bechet-Spanier Big Four
  12. That's a Plenty  -  Bechet-Spanier Big Four
  13. Sweet Sue  -  Bechet-Spanier Big Four
  14. Okey-Dokey  -  Noble Sissle's Swingsters
  15. Oh! Baby
  16. Indiana
  17. Dedication
  18. Edmond Hall Blues
  19. Celestial Express
  20. I Hear You Talking
  21. Call Me a Taxi
  22. Smoke-House Blues
  23. Mournful Serenade

Disc 3

  1. Kickin' the Cat
  2. Beatin' the Dog
  3. Cheese and Crackers
  4. A Mug of Ale
  5. Dinah
  6. The Wild Dog
  7. Runnin' Ragged (Bamboozlin' the Bassoon)
  8. Apple Blossoms
  9. Raggin' the Scale
  10. Put and Take
  11. The Wild Dog
  12. Really Blue
  13. La Rosita
  14. The Voice of the Southland
  15. By the Waters of Minnetonka
  16. My Ohio Home
  17. That's What I Call Keen
  18. Fiddle Blues
  19. You Took Advantage of Me
  20. Sweet Sue, Just You
  21. Jamming in Four
  22. Profoundly Blue
  23. If I Could Be with You One Hour Tonight  -  Bechet-Spanier Big Four
  24. Squeeze Me  -  Bechet-Spanier Big Four

Disc 4

  1. Easy Come Easy Go
  2. The Blues Stampede
  3. I'm Goin' Huntin'
  4. If You Want to Be My Sugar Papa
  5. Noboby But My Baby Is Getting My Love  -  Clarence Williams' Washboard Band
  6. Candy Lips  -  Clarence Williams' Washboard Band
  7. Yama Yama Blues  -  Clarence Williams' Washboard Band
  8. (Norfolk) Church Street Sobbin' Blues  -  Clarence Williams' Washboard Band
  9. Oriental Man  -  Dixie-Land Thumpers
  10. Sock That Thing  -  Dixie-Land Thumpers
  11. Ballin' the Jack
  12. Grandma's Ball
  13. Five O'Clock Stomp
  14. South Side Stomp
  15. Forty and Tight
  16. Piggly Wiggly
  17. Whip Me with Plenty of Love
  18. Worn out Blues
  19. Beer Garden Blues
  20. Breeze (Blow My Baby Back to Me)
  21. There's Gonna Be the Devil to Pay
  22. Streamline Girl
  23. What Can I Do with a Foolish Little Girl Like You?
  24. Harlem Joys
  25. Breeze (Blow My Baby Back to Me)
  26. Swing, Brother, Swing

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buster Bailey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Charlie Christian   Guitar
Eddie Condon   Banjo,Vocals
Johnny Dodds   Clarinet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Leonard Feather   Piano
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Stéphane Grappelli   Piano,Violin
Lionel Hampton   Vibes
Earl Hines   Piano
Harry James   Trumpet
James P. Johnson   Piano
John Kirby   String Bass
Gene Krupa   Drums
Jelly Roll Morton   Piano
Bennie Moten   Clarinet
Red Norvo   Xylophone
Django Reinhardt   Guitar
Eddie South   Violin,Vocals,Human Whistle
Muggsy Spanier   Clarinet,Cornet
Rex Stewart   Cornet
Joe Venuti   Violin
Fats Waller   Organ
Jabbo Smith   Clarinet,Cornet
Ray Bauduc   Drums
Natty Dominique   Cornet
Bob Haggart   String Bass
Edmond Hall   Clarinet
Joe Marsala   Clarinet
Frank Melrose   Piano
Adrian Rollini   Goofus,Bass Saxophone
Joe Sullivan   Piano
Frank Teschemacher   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone
Frankie Trumbauer   Bassoon,C-Melody Saxophone
Jimmy Blythe   Piano
Cass Simpson   Piano
Bob Zurke   Piano
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Bunn   Guitar
Israel Crosby   Bass,String Bass
Wellman Braud   String Bass
Jimmy Miller   Guitar
Bernard Addison   Guitar
Ed Allen   Cornet
Eddie Allen   Cornet
Sam Allen   Piano
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet,Cornet,Vocals
Baby Dodds   Drums,Washboard
Bill Beason   Drums
Sidney Bechet   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone
Tommy Benford   Drums
Jimmy Bertrand   Washboard,Blocks
Barney Bigard   Clarinet,Drums
Wallace Bishop   Drums
Rube Bloom   Piano
Garvin Bushell   Clarinet,Bassoon,Alto Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Roger Chaput   Guitar
Paul Cordonnier   String Bass
Tommy Dorsey   Trumpet
Geechie Fields   Trombone
Lennie Hayton   Piano
Ernest "Bass" Hill   String Bass
Bill Johnson   String Bass
Stan King   Drums
Wilbert Kirk   Drums
Meade "Lux" Lewis   Celeste
Carmen Mastren   Guitar
Herb Morand   Cornet
Hot Lips Page   Trumpet,Mellophonium,Vocals
Ikey Robinson   Banjo
Arthur Schutt   Piano
Cecil Scott   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Frank Signorelli   Piano
Omer Simeon   Clarinet
Willie "The Lion" Smith   Piano,Vocals
Louis Vola   String Bass
Michel Warlop   Violin
Sid Weiss   String Bass
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Clarence Williams   Piano,Vocals
Pete Pumiglio   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Itzy Riskin   Piano
Floyd Casey   Washboard
Antonia Spaulding   Piano
Charlie Gaines   Trumpet
Willie Mae Williams   Washboard
Marcus Norman   Drums,Washboard

Technical Credits

Eddie South   Director
Hayes Alvis   Brass Band
Ernest "Bass" Hill   Brass Band
Nevil Skrimshire   Liner Notes

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