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Big Band Jazz: The Jubilee Sessions 1943-1946

Big Band Jazz: The Jubilee Sessions 1943-1946

Hindsight Records has put out more than its share of superior, even excellent CDs of 1940s radio transcription performances, but this three-disc set is special even in that company. The Jubilee radio show was an Armed Forces broadcast aimed at black military personnel around the world, and was aired from 1942 through 1953 in that format. The participants included most


Hindsight Records has put out more than its share of superior, even excellent CDs of 1940s radio transcription performances, but this three-disc set is special even in that company. The Jubilee radio show was an Armed Forces broadcast aimed at black military personnel around the world, and was aired from 1942 through 1953 in that format. The participants included most of the top talent of the period, among them Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Carter, Earl "Fatha" Hines and his orchestra, Cootie Williams, Jimmy Mundy, Billy Eckstine, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, and Jimmy Lunceford & His Harlem Express, playing the numbers that their black audiences wanted to hear. Everything on this set moves from strength to strength, with no let up -- Benny Carter and his orchestra kick things off with a hot rendition of "Sweet Georgia Brown," featuring a killer performance on drums by a young Max Roach, followed by "Habanera," a jazzed-up bit of Carmen on which the trumpets and saxes romp and stomp all over Bizet, and the "Jubilee Jump," which offers a hot guitar solo from Herman Mitchell amid the showcasing of the reeds and horns; Earl "Fatha" Hines leads a brisk rendition of "Stomping at the Savoy" highlighted by a dazzling performance on vibraphone by Bill Thompson, while Hines's piano is at the elegant, lyrical center of "Rosetta." Along with the established legends in the middle of their careers, such as Basie and Ellington, this set is also a showcase for talent that was just starting to emerge, such as trumpet man Gerald Wilson and future rock & roll/R&B legend Johnny Otis (the only white artist on this set), veteran arrangers like Jimmy Mundy, performing ensembles of the period such as the all-female International Sweethearts of Rhythm, and local musical figures from Los Angeles such as Elmer Fain. Considering that much of this material was cut during the infamous recording bans imposed by the musicians union and offered repertory that the record labels often overlooked, it's a unique look even at the talents who recorded extensively -- just the performance by Jo Jones at the drums on the five Count Basie numbers on disc one makes them worth hearing, and the whole band is in top form, as is singer Jimmy Rushing. Multi-artist sets of this kind sometimes seem like too much of a pastiche, but this set is more in the category of a huge, multi-course musical feast. Moreover, the sources for the material contained are all in very good shape, showing signs of minimal processing and all sounding very natural and close, so there are no apologies to be made on a technical level, apart from perhaps a tiny bit more bassiness than one is used to. The producers have also done us a service by including the introductions to each group, which go a long way toward capturing the pace, spirit, and ambience of the time in which these sides were cut and the audience toward whom they were directed.

Product Details

Release Date:
Hindsight Records


Disc 1

  1. Jubilee Program Intro
  2. Sweet Georgia Brown
  3. Habanera
  4. Jubilee Jump
  5. Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman
  6. Stompin' at the Savoy
  7. Scoops, Carry Mary
  8. Rosetta
  9. The Honeydripper
  10. Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman
  11. Stampede in G Minor
  12. Bolero at the Savoy
  13. Pick a Rib
  14. Let's Jump
  15. I Found a New Baby
  16. I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town
  17. My, What a Fry
  18. Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman
  19. On the Alamo
  20. Stardust
  21. Frantic on the Atlantic
  22. Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman
  23. Shower
  24. The Bear Mash Blues
  25. After Hours
  26. Closing Theme: One O'Clock Jump

Disc 2

  1. Jubilee Program Intro
  2. Blowing the Blues Away
  3. 'Deed I Do
  4. I Want to Talk About You
  5. Don't Blame Me
  6. Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman
  7. Roll 'Em
  8. Air Mail Special
  9. Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman
  10. It's Sand, Man
  11. Ready, Set, Jump
  12. Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman
  13. Hello, Goodbye, Forget It
  14. One O'Clock Boogie
  15. Fiesta in Brass
  16. Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman
  17. You're Driving Me Crazy
  18. King Porter Stomp
  19. Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman
  20. Blue Lou
  21. Tuxedo Junction
  22. Swing Shift
  23. Ida James
  24. Let's Have a Session
  25. Let's Hop
  26. Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman
  27. Wednesday Night Hop
  28. McGhee Special
  29. Basin Street Blues
  30. Peepin' Through the Keyhole
  31. Closing Theme: One O'Clock Jump

Disc 3

  1. Jubilee Program Intro
  2. Three Bones
  3. I Never Knew
  4. I'll Always Be in Love With You
  5. Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman
  6. Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop
  7. Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?
  8. K-Ration Hop
  9. Million Dollar Smile
  10. Flying Home, No. 2
  11. Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman
  12. J.T. Stomp
  13. Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman
  14. Bugle Call Rag
  15. Night and Day
  16. The Baranco Boogie
  17. Yesterdays
  18. Hallelujah
  19. Alone Together
  20. Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman
  21. The Canteen Bounce
  22. Hayfoot, Strawfoot
  23. A Slip of the Lip (Can Sink a Ship)
  24. One O'Clock Jump (Closing Theme)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tiny Bradshaw   Leader
Johnny Otis   Drums,Leader
Joe Brown   Trombone
Gene Ammons   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Bascomb   Tenor Saxophone
Count Basie   Piano,Leader
Milt Buckner   Piano
Arnett Cobb   Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Collette   Alto Saxophone
Curtis Counce   Bass
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Jimmy Forrest   Tenor Saxophone
Wardell Gray   Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Green   Guitar
Johnny Griffin   Tenor Saxophone
Lionel Hampton   Piano,Drums,Leader,Vocals,Vibes
Erskine Hawkins   Trumpet,Leader,Vocals
Earl Hines   Piano,Leader
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Claude Hopkins   Piano,Leader
Lena Horne   Vocals
Budd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Jo Jones   Drums
Andy Kirk   Leader
Melba Liston   Trombone
Jimmie Lunceford   Leader
Lucky Millinder   Leader
Charles Mingus   Bass
Ray Nance   Trumpet,Vocals
Fats Navarro   Trumpet
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Leo Parker   Baritone Saxophone
Bud Powell   Piano
Max Roach   Drums
Betty Roché   Vocals
Jimmy Rushing   Vocals
Willie Smith   Alto Saxophone
Rex Stewart   Trumpet
Sonny Stitt   Alto Saxophone
Buddy Tate   Tenor Saxophone
Lucky Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Dinah Washington   Vocals
Gerald Wilson   Piano,Trumpet,Leader
John Young   Piano
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Irving Ashby   Guitar
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Willie Cook   Trumpet
Julian Dash   Tenor Saxophone
Herbie Fields   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Ray Linn   Trumpet
Jimmy Mundy   Leader
Tommy Potter   Bass
Joe Thomas   Tenor Saxophone
Booty Wood   Trombone
Count Red Hastings   Tenor Saxophone
Dave James   Trombone
Preston Love   Alto Saxophone
Howard McGhee   Trumpet
Don Hill   Alto Saxophone
Big Nick Nicholas   Tenor Saxophone
Charles Thompson   Piano
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Trummy Young   Trombone
Freddy Webster   Trumpet
Sonny Greer   Drums
George Duvivier   Bass
International Sweethearts of Rhythm   Track Performer
Bernard Addison   Guitar
Fernando Arbello   Trombone
Jimmy Archey   Trombone
Taswell Baird   Trombone
Wilbert Barranco   Piano,Leader
James Benjamin   Bass
Benny Carter   Trumpet,Alto Saxophone
Emmett Berry   Trumpet
Art Blakey   Drums
Russell Bowles   Trombone
Kirkland Bradford   Alto Saxophone
Joe Britton   Trombone
Gail Brockman   Trumpet
Vernon Brown   Trombone
Teddy Buckner   Trumpet
Jimmy Bunn   Piano
Edward Burke   Trombone
Jimmy Butts   Bass
Arthur Capehart   Trumpet
Scoops Carey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Earl Caruthers   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Harold Clarke   Tenor Saxophone
Shirley Clay   Trumpet
Alfred Cobbs   Trombone
Paul Cohen   Trumpet
Henry Coker   Trombone
Booker Collins   Guitar
Leon Comegys   Trombone
Sonny Craven   Trombone
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Wendell Culley   Trumpet
Eddie Davis   Trumpet
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Talib Dawud   Trumpet
Ted Donnelly   Trombone
George Dorsey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Hobart Dotson   Trumpet
Duke Ellington   Piano,Leader
Allen Durham   Trombone
Otis Finch   Tenor Saxophone
Fletcher Henderson   Leader
Milton Fletcher   Trumpet
Billy Ford   Trumpet
Charlie Fowlkes   Baritone Saxophone
Panama Francis   Drums
Bill Frazier   Alto Saxophone
Joe Garland   Tenor Saxophone
Karl George   Trumpet
Jewell L. Grant   Alto Saxophone
Bennie Green   Trombone
Dan Grissom   Alto Saxophone
Fred Guy   Guitar
Joe Guy   Trumpet
Rene Hall   Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Earl Hardy   Trombone
John Harrington   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bob Harris   Alto Saxophone
Walter Harris   Trombone
Haywood Henry   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Boonie Hazel   Trumpet
Shelton Hemphill   Trumpet
Charlie Holmes   Alto Saxophone
Clyde Hurley   Trumpet
George Jenkins   Drums
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Money Johnson   Trumpet
Claude Jones   Trombone
Joe Jordan   Trumpet
Norman Keenan   Bass
Joe "Red" Kelly   Trumpet
Woodrow Key   Tenor Saxophone
Porter Kilbert   Alto Saxophone
Killian   Trumpet
Wilbert Kirk   Drums
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Ben Kynard   Alto Saxophone
Harry Lawson   Trumpet
Leroy Kirkland   Guitar
Billy Mackel   Guitar
John Malachi   Piano
Kelly Martin   Drums
Shorty McConnell   Trumpet
Jimmy Mitchelle   Alto Saxophone
Alton Moore   Trombone
Melvin Moore   Trumpet
Joe Morris   Trumpet
Norris   Guitar
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
David Page   Trumpet
Truck Parham   Bass
Andrew Penn   Trombone
Reuben Phillips   Alto Saxophone
Bobby Plater   Alto Saxophone
Gene Porter   Baritone Saxophone
Eddie Preston   Trumpet
Ernest Purce   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Quinichette   Tenor Saxophone
Milt Raskin   Piano
John Ricks   Baritone Saxophone
Kenneth Roane   Trumpet
Eli Robinson   Trombone
Robinson   Alto Saxophone
Rudy Rutherford   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Sarah Vaughan   Vocals
Kermit Scott   Tenor Saxophone
Omer Simeon   Clarinet,Reeds,Alto Saxophone
Maurice Simon   Tenor Saxophone
Ted Sinclair   Bass
Ben Smith   Alto Saxophone
Lloyd Smith   Alto Saxophone
Vernon Smith   Trumpet
Leemie Stanfield   Bass
Leonard Heavy Swain   Bass
Bill Swindell   Alto Saxophone
Louis Taylor   Trombone
Ben Thigpen   Drums
Juan Tizol   Trombone
Floyd Turnham   Alto Saxophone
Bart Varsalona   Trombone
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson   Alto Saxophone
Connie Wainwright   Guitar
Arthur Walker   Trumpet
Earle Warren   Alto Saxophone
George Washington   Trombone
Benny Waters   Alto Saxophone
Earl Watkins   Drums
Paul Webster   Trumpet
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Edwin Wilcox   Piano
Williams   Drums
Elmer "Skippy" Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Pinky Williams   Alto Saxophone
Walter Williams   Trumpet
Jimmy Wormick   Trombone
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Jack Kelson   Alto Saxophone
Donald Coles   Trombone
Ray Hagan   Drums
Chuck Jones   Trumpet
Bumps Myers   Tenor Saxophone
Lee Pope   Tenor Saxophone
June Richmond   Track Performer
Carl Loeffler   Trombone
Henry Owens   Piano
Joe Baird   Trombone
Chick Booth   Drums
Pee Wee Jackson   Trumpet
Slim Moore   Trombone
Gene Simon   Trombone
George Treadwell   Trumpet
Jerry Valentine   Trombone
Willie Wells   Trumpet
Sandy Williams   Trombone
Norman Green   Trombone
Bobby Smith   Alto Saxophone
John Anderson   Trumpet
Andy Kirk & His Clouds of Joy   Track Performer
Cootie Williams & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Count Basie Orchestra   Track Performer
Earl Hines & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Claude Hopkins & His Orchestra   Track Performer
John Williams   Baritone Saxophone
Junior Raglin   Bass
Bobby Sanchez   Trombone
Elton Hill   Trumpet
Ace Harris   Piano
Helen Jones   Trombone
Bob Mitchell   Trumpet
J.D. King   Tenor Saxophone
Sammy Lowe   Trumpet
Lamar Wright   Trumpet
Rodney Richardson   Bass
Ed Lewis   Trumpet
Bob Murray   Trombone
Otto Hardwick   Alto Saxophone
Jake "Vernon" Porter   Trombone
Druie Bess   Trombone
Violet Burnside   Tenor Saxophone
Charles Drayton   Bass
Vess Payne   Drums
James Van Streeter   Tenor Saxophone
Anna Mae Winburn   Trumpet,Leader
Fred Radcliffe   Drums
Gus Evans   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Russell Green   Trumpet
Willard Brown   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Red Mack   Trumpet
Ida James   Track Performer
Rufus Webster   Piano
Sammy Yates   Trumpet
Alfonso King   Trombone
Bill Brookins   Bass
Billy Eckstine & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Herman Mitchell   Guitar
Jimmy Williams   Trombone
Ray Carter   Trumpet
Essex   Track Performer
Bob Horton   Trombone
Ed Loving   Baritone Saxophone
Wayman Richardson   Trombone
Ted Barnett   Tenor Saxophone
Ed Sims   Trombone
Ed Glover   Trombone
Hayes   Trombone
Elisha Hanna   Trumpet
Emerson Harper   Alto Saxophone
John Taylor   Baritone Saxophone
Willie Mae Wong   Alto Saxophone
Jon Carroll   Trumpet
John Jackson   Alto Saxophone
Ernestine Davis   Trumpet,Tap Dance
Edmond Gregory   Alto Saxophone
Helen Saine   Baritone Saxophone
Grace Bayron   Tenor Saxophone
Léon Beck   Baritone Saxophone
Lester Current   Trumpet
Ernest Leavy   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
John Pettigrew   Trombone
Loyal Walker   Trumpet
Robert Scott   Trombone
Bud Harper   Guitar
Kenneth Pope   Alto Saxophone
Lucille Dixon   Bass
Ernest V. Perry   Trumpet
Fred Simon   Tenor Saxophone
Joe "Streamline" Ewing   Trombone
Henry Tucker Green   Drums
Palmer "Fats" Davis   Trumpet
Isaac Livingstone   Trombone
Ralph Bledsoe   Trombone
Charlie Harris   Bass
Joseph Nanton   Trombone
Duke Anderson   Piano
Fred Becklett   Trombone
Pauline Braddy   Drums
Peabody Brown   Bass
Robert Budd   Bass
Ina Belle Byrd   Trombone
Trombone Charlie   Trombone
Ernie Cobbs   Guitar
Rosalind Cron   Alto Saxophone
W.J. Edwards   Guitar
Shorty Haughton   Trombone
Margaret "Trump" Gipson   Trumpet
Vivian Glasby   Piano
Bill Thompson   Vibes
Cliff Haughton   Trumpet
Mack Lewis   Trombone
Raven Mandell   Trumpet
Jeff Means   Baritone Saxophone
Curtis Murphy   Trumpet
Chippy Oultcalt   Trombone
Fats Palmer   Trumpet
Billy Douglas   Trumpet
Gene Thomas   Bass
Toby Butler   Bass,Trumpet
Dick Clark   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Georges Bizet   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Charlie Christian   Composer
Billy Eckstine   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
Earl Hines   Arranger
Louis Jordan   Composer
Gerald Wilson   Arranger
Irving Mills   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Arranger,Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Mary Lou Williams   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Jack Pettis   Composer
Benny Carter   Arranger,Composer
Ben Bernie   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Fletcher Henderson   Arranger
Curley Hamner   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Pete Kline   Producer,Annotation
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Tom Reed   Liner Notes,Annotation
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Gerald Valentine   Composer
Billy Meyers   Composer
Paul McGrane   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Kenneth Casey   Composer
H.J. Lengsfelder   Composer
Lee Gaines   Composer
Sydney Robin   Composer
Bill Austin   Composer

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