Alternate Takes Radio Performances

Alternate Takes Radio Performances

by Albert Ammons
     
 
One of the giants of boogie-woogie piano, Albert Ammons' career was cut short by his untimely death in 1949 at the age of just 42. This Document CD compilation is a welcome addition to his legacy, as it collects rare and mostly previously unissued alternate takes, broadcasts and private home recordings. The first two tracks, "Nagasaki" and "Early Morning' Blues,"

Overview

One of the giants of boogie-woogie piano, Albert Ammons' career was cut short by his untimely death in 1949 at the age of just 42. This Document CD compilation is a welcome addition to his legacy, as it collects rare and mostly previously unissued alternate takes, broadcasts and private home recordings. The first two tracks, "Nagasaki" and "Early Morning' Blues," feature Albert Ammons & His Rhythm Kings, with trumpeter Guy Kelly and alto saxophonist Dalbert Bright (who switches to clarinet for the latter song). A later of edition of the group features trumpeter Hot Lips Page, trombonist Vic Dickenson, tenor saxophonist Don Byas, drummer Sidney Cattlet and bassist Israel Crosby (the latter who took part in the earlier recordings), Dickenson takes solo honors on "Bottom Blues No. 2." Ammons guests with Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (with vocals by Johnny Mercer) for an upbeat (if watered down) take of "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie"; Meade "Lux" Lewis is announced as a second pianist, but is not audible. Of most interest to collectors will be the numerous solo tracks by Ammons, particularly "Whistlin' Blues," where he shows off his whistling ability. While the sound quality varies widely, as some of the privately recorded transcription discs show signs of wear, the rarity of this music and the detailed liner notes will make it an essential purchase for boogie-woogie fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/02/1998
Label:
Document
UPC:
0714298100822
catalogNumber:
1008
Rank:
169286

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Albert Ammons   Primary Artist,Piano
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Israel Crosby   Baritone Saxophone
Red Ballard   Tuba
Vernon Brown   Tuba
Don Byas   Tenor Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Vic Dickenson   Tuba
Harry Goodman   Baritone Saxophone
Irving Goodman   Trumpet
Chris Griffin   Trumpet
Jimmie Hoskins   Drums
Jerry Jerome   Tenor Saxophone
Guy Kelly   Trumpet
Johnny Mercer   Saxophone
Hot Lips Page   Trumpet
Ike Perkins   Guitar
Arthur Rollini   Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Schutz   Drums

Technical Credits

Stephen Foster   Composer
Albert Ammons   Composer
Pinetop Smith   Composer
Meade "Lux" Lewis   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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