Beating the Petrillo Ban: The Late December 1947 Modern Sessions

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
During the first years of his nearly two-decade tenure as the president of the American Federation of Musicians, James Petrillo was instrumental in organizing a strike of musicians that effectively halted the recording industry from 1942 to 1944. Concerned that juke boxes were severely undercutting live revenue for touring musicians -- and that recorded music would similarly replace live radio sessions for professional musicians -- the AFM went on strike, leading to no recording company recording a musician they had under contract, either as leaders or as support for singers. This two-year strike hurt the recording industry, and so when the threat of another ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
During the first years of his nearly two-decade tenure as the president of the American Federation of Musicians, James Petrillo was instrumental in organizing a strike of musicians that effectively halted the recording industry from 1942 to 1944. Concerned that juke boxes were severely undercutting live revenue for touring musicians -- and that recorded music would similarly replace live radio sessions for professional musicians -- the AFM went on strike, leading to no recording company recording a musician they had under contract, either as leaders or as support for singers. This two-year strike hurt the recording industry, and so when the threat of another strike surfaced toward the end of 1947 -- this time, the point of contention was distribution of funds to musicians losing work due to juke boxes and radio -- the labels decided to stockpile tons of recordings, just in case this second strike lasted as long as the first. It didn't. This second strike only lasted throughout 1948 and when it ended, many musicians wanted to record new material, leaving labels with a surplus of recordings that eventually trickled out over the years. Ace's 2013 double-disc set Beating the Petrillo Ban: The Late December 1947 Modern Sessions rounds up 49 of these sessions, many of them alternate takes of cuts that were released elsewhere. This reliance on unheard material does mean there aren't so many unearthed classics, but that's also the pleasure of the set: it's the sound of working musicians working, knocking out songs in their repertoire or quickly running through new tunes because they know the clock is ticking. There is a looseness on these recordings, something that surfaces no matter what group is playing, probably because the artists had to produce so much music while under the gun. They're just hammering out the takes, and so while there's nothing exceptional, the consistency is rather remarkable: whether it's Hadda Brookes laying back with his trio or Gene Phillips jumping with his Rhythm Aces, or the Al "Cake" Wichard Sextet tearing it up with Jimmy Witherspoon, this is heartfelt groove music, everything relying on feel, not improvisation. And that's why this, even if it is admittedly second-tier and the kind of music that didn't make the cut the first time around, is so enjoyable: it's robust, swinging, humorous R&B, gospel, and jump blues. That it isn't exceptional almost makes it easier to cherish, because you wish that you could walk into any club and hear music this good.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/6/2013
  • Label: Ace Records Import
  • UPC: 029667055420
  • Catalog Number: 6705542
  • Sales rank: 90,986

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Waterboy - The Ebonaires
  2. 2 I'll Never Do it Again - The Ebonaires
  3. 3 The Old Folks at Home - The Ebonaires
  4. 4 Poor Butterfly - Hadda Brooks
  5. 5 Old Fashioned Love - Hadda Brooks
  6. 6 Take Me - Hadda Brooks
  7. 7 The Best Things in Life Are Free - Hadda Brooks
  8. 8 This Will Make You Laugh - Hadda Brooks
  9. 9 Gravels in My Pillow - Al Wichard Sextet
  10. 10 His Majesty's Boogie - Al Wichard Sextet
  11. 11 Cake Jumps - Al Wichard Sextet
  12. 12 T.B. Blues - Al Wichard Sextet
  13. 13 Snuff Dipping Mama - Gene Phillips & His Rhythm Aces
  14. 14 Gene's Guitar Blues - Gene Phillips
  15. 15 Broke and Disgusted - Gene Phillips & His Rhythm Aces
  16. 16 Royal Boogie - Gene Phillips & His Rhythm Aces
  17. 17 A Sailboat in the Moonlight - Hadda Brooks
  18. 18 Why Was I Born - Hadda Brooks
  19. 19 Mary Lou - Hadda Brooks
  20. 20 Moonlight on the Ganges - Hadda Brooks
  21. 21 The Glory of Love - Art Shackelford Sextette
  22. 22 Play Fiddle Play - Art Shackelford Sextette
  23. 23 The Jazz Me Blues - Art Shackelford Sextette
  24. 24 Beatin' the Ban - Art Shackelford Sextette
Disc 2
  1. 1 Connie Lee Blues - Al Wichard Sextet
  2. 2 Big Fine Girl - Al Wichard Sextet
  3. 3 That's Your Red Wagon - Al Wichard Sextet
  4. 4 Sweet Lovin' Baby - Al Wichard Sextet
  5. 5 Grandma Grandpa - Al Wichard Sextet
  6. 6 Geneva Blues - Al Wichard Sextet
  7. 7 Piece of Cake - Al Wichard Sextet
  8. 8 Boogie Woogie Baby - Al Wichard Sextet
  9. 9 Anna Lucasta - Hadda Brooks
  10. 10 I Can't Get Started - Hadda Brooks
  11. 11 I'll Get By - Hadda Brooks
  12. 12 Little Willie's Boogie - Little Willie Jackson
  13. 13 Shasta - Little Willie Jackson
  14. 14 Baby - Little Willie Jackson
  15. 15 Someday, Somehow, Somewhere - Little Willie Jackson
  16. 16 My Feet's Too Big - Butch Stone & His Orchestra
  17. 17 Put Your Brakes on Mama - Butch Stone & His Orchestra
  18. 18 Little Girl - Butch Stone & His Orchestra
  19. 19 Baby Face - Butch Stone & His Orchestra
  20. 20 Lonesome Road Blues - Ira Mae Littlejohn
  21. 21 He'll Make the Way - Ira Mae Littlejohn
  22. 22 What More Can Jesus Do - Ira Mae Littlejohn
  23. 23 Go Devil Go - Ira Mae Littlejohn
  24. 24 See Jesus - Ira Mae Littlejohn
  25. 25 My Record Will Be There - Ira Mae Littlejohn
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Witherspoon Vocals
Duke Henderson Vocals
Technical Credits
Victoria Spivey Composer
Stephen Foster Composer
Billy Hill Composer
James P. Johnson Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Gene Phillips Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Rube Bloom Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Gene DePaul Composer
Tom Delaney Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Don Raye Composer
Butch Stone Composer
Roy Turk Composer
Billy Vera Photo Courtesy
Jimmy Witherspoon Composer
Duke Henderson Composer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes
Emery Deutsch Composer
Carmen Lombardo Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Peter Vacher Photo Courtesy
Al Wichard Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Reginald Connelly Composer
Arthur Altman Composer
Benny Davis Composer
Fred Fisher Composer
Irene Higginbotham Composer
Cecil Mack Composer
Mack David Composer
Avery Robinson Arranger
Jacques Wolfe Composer
Ada Benson Composer
Willie Jackson Composer
Francis Henry Composer
John Golden Composer
Raymond Hubbell Composer
Sherman Myers Composer
Richard Jones Composer
Ira Mae Littlejohn Composer
The Ebonaires Composer
Ross Parker Composer
Forrest Powell Composer
Hugh Charles Composer
Harry Tilsley Composer
John Loeb Composer
Madeleine Hyde Composer
Fred Ahlert Composer
B.D. De Sylva Composer
Art Shackelford Composer
Joseph Dubin Composer
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