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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2006
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065902520
  • Catalog Number: 925
  • Sales rank: 248,437

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Coal Cart Blues (2:59)
  2. 2 Montmarte (Django's Jump) (2:25)
  3. 3 Low Cotton (3:02)
  4. 4 Finesse (2:22)
  5. 5 I Know What You Know (2:34)
  6. 6 Solid Old Man (3:05)
  7. 7 Thirsty Mama Blues - Hot Lips Page (3:15)
  8. 8 Just Another Woman - Hot Lips Page (2:54)
  9. 9 My Fightin' Gal - Hot Lips Page (3:14)
  10. 10 Evil Man's Blues - Hot Lips Page (3:25)
  11. 11 Do It If You Wanna - Hot Lips Page (3:30)
  12. 12 Willow Tree (3:27)
  13. 13 'Sippi (3:15)
  14. 14 Thou Swell (3:05)
  15. 15 Persian Rug (3:35)
  16. 16 Jazz Battle (2:40)
  17. 17 Ain't Misbehavin' (2:47)
  18. 18 Honeysuckle Rose (3:12)
  19. 19 Just a Mood (Blue Mood), Pts. 1 & 2 (6:48)
  20. 20 Lady Be Good (2:56)
  21. 21 Dickie Wells Blues (3:20)
  22. 22 You Can't Cheat a Cheater (2:59)
  23. 23 Four or Five Times - Bechet-Spanier Big Four (4:04)
  24. 24 Sweet Lorraine - Bechet-Spanier Big Four (4:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Moon Glow (3:27)
  2. 2 Dinah (2:44)
  3. 3 Vibraphone Blues (3:24)
  4. 4 Sweet Sue - Just You (3:19)
  5. 5 My Melancholy Baby (3:28)
  6. 6 Stompin' at the Savoy (3:17)
  7. 7 Whispering (3:24)
  8. 8 Swingin' on That Famous Door (2:59)
  9. 9 Farewell Blues (3:03)
  10. 10 Lazy River - Bechet-Spanier Big Four (4:12)
  11. 11 China Boy - Bechet-Spanier Big Four (3:55)
  12. 12 That's a Plenty - Bechet-Spanier Big Four (4:11)
  13. 13 Sweet Sue - Bechet-Spanier Big Four (4:07)
  14. 14 Okey-Dokey - Noble Sissle's Swingsters (2:54)
  15. 15 Oh! Baby (2:57)
  16. 16 Indiana (2:56)
  17. 17 Dedication (2:57)
  18. 18 Edmond Hall Blues (4:17)
  19. 19 Celestial Express (3:54)
  20. 20 I Hear You Talking (2:28)
  21. 21 Call Me a Taxi (3:12)
  22. 22 Smoke-House Blues (2:37)
  23. 23 Mournful Serenade (3:34)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Kickin' the Cat (3:10)
  2. 2 Beatin' the Dog (2:39)
  3. 3 Cheese and Crackers (2:58)
  4. 4 A Mug of Ale (3:07)
  5. 5 Dinah (2:50)
  6. 6 The Wild Dog (2:45)
  7. 7 Runnin' Ragged (Bamboozlin' the Bassoon) (3:10)
  8. 8 Apple Blossoms (3:29)
  9. 9 Raggin' the Scale (3:14)
  10. 10 Put and Take (3:17)
  11. 11 The Wild Dog (3:06)
  12. 12 Really Blue (2:40)
  13. 13 La Rosita (3:03)
  14. 14 The Voice of the Southland (3:00)
  15. 15 By the Waters of Minnetonka (2:58)
  16. 16 My Ohio Home (3:14)
  17. 17 That's What I Call Keen (2:28)
  18. 18 Fiddle Blues (2:45)
  19. 19 You Took Advantage of Me (2:54)
  20. 20 Sweet Sue, Just You (2:29)
  21. 21 Jamming in Four (4:22)
  22. 22 Profoundly Blue (4:09)
  23. 23 If I Could Be with You One Hour Tonight - Bechet-Spanier Big Four (4:03)
  24. 24 Squeeze Me - Bechet-Spanier Big Four (3:56)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Easy Come Easy Go (2:39)
  2. 2 The Blues Stampede (2:39)
  3. 3 I'm Goin' Huntin' (2:59)
  4. 4 If You Want to Be My Sugar Papa (2:36)
  5. 5 Noboby But My Baby Is Getting My Love - Clarence Williams' Washboard Band (2:40)
  6. 6 Candy Lips - Clarence Williams' Washboard Band (2:45)
  7. 7 Yama Yama Blues - Clarence Williams' Washboard Band (2:50)
  8. 8 (Norfolk) Church Street Sobbin' Blues - Clarence Williams' Washboard Band (3:02)
  9. 9 Oriental Man - Dixie-Land Thumpers (2:48)
  10. 10 Sock That Thing - Dixie-Land Thumpers (2:42)
  11. 11 Ballin' the Jack (2:43)
  12. 12 Grandma's Ball (2:44)
  13. 13 Five O'Clock Stomp (2:38)
  14. 14 South Side Stomp (2:44)
  15. 15 Forty and Tight (2:50)
  16. 16 Piggly Wiggly (2:51)
  17. 17 Whip Me with Plenty of Love (3:11)
  18. 18 Worn out Blues (3:16)
  19. 19 Beer Garden Blues (2:53)
  20. 20 Breeze (Blow My Baby Back to Me) (3:06)
  21. 21 There's Gonna Be the Devil to Pay (2:59)
  22. 22 Streamline Girl (2:33)
  23. 23 What Can I Do with a Foolish Little Girl Like You? (2:47)
  24. 24 Harlem Joys (2:38)
  25. 25 Breeze (Blow My Baby Back to Me) (2:52)
  26. 26 Swing, Brother, Swing (2:49)
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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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