Andy Kirk & The 12 Clouds of Joy

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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
Amidst the day's heavy hitters -- Ellington, Basie, and Goodman -- Andy Kirk's band made a name for themselves with some of the tightest swing of the '30s. Their prime stretch came in the latter half of the decade, as pianist and arranger Mary Lou Williams became a dominant force in the group. This fine ASV overview tells part of the story with 22 of the group's best cuts. And while highlights like "Until the Real Thing Comes Along" and "The Lady Who Swings the Band" are omitted, the disc makes up for it with the solid likes of "Mary's Idea," "Floyd's Guitar Blues," and an excellent cover of Bennie Moten's "Moten Swing." Plus, there's plenty of fine soloing by alto ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
Amidst the day's heavy hitters -- Ellington, Basie, and Goodman -- Andy Kirk's band made a name for themselves with some of the tightest swing of the '30s. Their prime stretch came in the latter half of the decade, as pianist and arranger Mary Lou Williams became a dominant force in the group. This fine ASV overview tells part of the story with 22 of the group's best cuts. And while highlights like "Until the Real Thing Comes Along" and "The Lady Who Swings the Band" are omitted, the disc makes up for it with the solid likes of "Mary's Idea," "Floyd's Guitar Blues," and an excellent cover of Bennie Moten's "Moten Swing." Plus, there's plenty of fine soloing by alto saxophonist John Williams, trumpeter Harry Lawson, tenor saxophonist Don Byas, and, of course, Williams herself. Unfortunately, there are none of Pha Terrell's infectious vocal cuts or Dick Wilson's tenor vehicles here. For those sides and more from the Kirk band's prime, check out Classics' many chronological discs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/1994
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625510829
  • Catalog Number: 5108

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mess-A-Stomp (2:42)
  2. 2 Corky Stomp (2:40)
  3. 3 Froggy Bottom (3:10)
  4. 4 Loose Ankles - Billy Massey (3:19)
  5. 5 Gettin' off a Mess (2:47)
  6. 6 Walkin' and Swingin' (2:56)
  7. 7 Moten Swing (3:06)
  8. 8 Lotta Sax Appeal (2:54)
  9. 9 Bear Cat Shuffle (3:01)
  10. 10 Steppin' Pretty (2:48)
  11. 11 Puddin' Head Serenade (2:46)
  12. 12 Wednesday Night Hop (3:07)
  13. 13 In the Groove (3:04)
  14. 14 A Mellow Bit of Rhythm (3:19)
  15. 15 Twinklin' (3:09)
  16. 16 Little Joe from Chicago (2:49)
  17. 17 Toadie Toddle (2:38)
  18. 18 Jump Jack Jump (2:56)
  19. 19 Dunkin' a Doughnut (2:55)
  20. 20 Mary's Idea (3:01)
  21. 21 Close to Five (2:53)
  22. 22 Floyd's Guitar Blues (3:06)
  23. 23 Margie (2:26)
  24. 24 Big Jim Blues (2:53)
  25. 25 Wham (Re-Bop-Boom-Bam!) - June Richmond (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Andy Kirk Primary Artist, Tuba, Leader, Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone
Mary Lou Williams Piano
Ted Brinson Guitar
Don Byas Tenor Saxophone
Booker Collins Bass
Ted Donnelly Trombone
Allen Durham Trombone
John Harrington Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Harry Lawson Trumpet
Eddie McNeil Drums
Floyd Smith Guitar, Electric Guitar
Ben Thigpen Drums
Earl Thompson Trumpet
Clarence Trice Trumpet
Henry Wells Trombone
Claude "Fiddler" Williams Violin
William Banjo, Guitar
June Richmond Vocals
Edgar Battle Trumpet
Fred Robinson Trombone
John Williams Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Gene Prince Trumpet
Lawrence Freeman Tenor Saxophone
Paul King Trumpet
Technical Credits
Earl Miller Contributor
William Contributor
Pat Hawes Liner Notes
William Dirvin Contributor
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