Big Band Jazz: The Jubilee Sessions 1943-1946

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/1998
  • Label: Hindsight Records
  • UPC: 014921050426
  • Catalog Number: 504
  • Sales rank: 111,992


Disc 1
  1. 1 Jubilee Program Intro - Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman (0:34)
  2. 2 Sweet Georgia Brown - Benny Carter (2:33)
  3. 3 Habanera - Benny Carter (2:24)
  4. 4 Jubilee Jump - Benny Carter (3:16)
  5. 5 Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman - Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman (0:23)
  6. 6 Stompin' at the Savoy (2:59)
  7. 7 Scoops, Carry Mary (2:48)
  8. 8 Rosetta (3:08)
  9. 9 The Honeydripper (3:46)
  10. 10 Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman - Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman (0:23)
  11. 11 Stampede in G Minor (2:11)
  12. 12 Bolero at the Savoy (2:50)
  13. 13 Pick a Rib (2:47)
  14. 14 Let's Jump - Count Basie Orchestra (3:57)
  15. 15 I Found a New Baby - Count Basie Orchestra (2:52)
  16. 16 I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town - Count Basie Orchestra (2:45)
  17. 17 My, What a Fry - Count Basie Orchestra (3:58)
  18. 18 Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman - Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman (0:19)
  19. 19 On the Alamo - Gerald Wilson (3:02)
  20. 20 Stardust - Gerald Wilson (5:12)
  21. 21 Frantic on the Atlantic - Gerald Wilson (3:47)
  22. 22 Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman - Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman (0:16)
  23. 23 Shower (2:07)
  24. 24 The Bear Mash Blues (4:48)
  25. 25 After Hours (3:42)
  26. 26 Closing Theme: One O'Clock Jump (1:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Jubilee Program Intro - Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman (1:04)
  2. 2 Blowing the Blues Away - Billy Eckstine (1:56)
  3. 3 'Deed I Do - Lena Horne (1:56)
  4. 4 I Want to Talk About You - Billy Eckstine (2:50)
  5. 5 Don't Blame Me - Sarah Vaughan (3:02)
  6. 6 Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman - Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman (0:04)
  7. 7 Roll 'Em - Cootie Williams (2:53)
  8. 8 Air Mail Special - Cootie Williams (2:29)
  9. 9 Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman - Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman (0:18)
  10. 10 It's Sand, Man - Tiny Bradshaw & His Orchestra (2:40)
  11. 11 Ready, Set, Jump - Tiny Bradshaw & His Orchestra (3:11)
  12. 12 Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman - Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman (4:16)
  13. 13 Hello, Goodbye, Forget It - Jimmy Mundy Orchestra (3:37)
  14. 14 One O'Clock Boogie - Jimmy Mundy Orchestra (4:05)
  15. 15 Fiesta in Brass - Jimmy Mundy Orchestra (0:31)
  16. 16 Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman - Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman (2:03)
  17. 17 You're Driving Me Crazy (2:58)
  18. 18 King Porter Stomp (0:09)
  19. 19 Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman - Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman (2:22)
  20. 20 Blue Lou (3:37)
  21. 21 Tuxedo Junction (1:29)
  22. 22 Swing Shift (0:16)
  23. 23 Ida James (3:12)
  24. 24 Let's Have a Session (3:03)
  25. 25 Let's Hop (0:23)
  26. 26 Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman - Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman (3:33)
  27. 27 Wednesday Night Hop (3:49)
  28. 28 McGhee Special (4:01)
  29. 29 Basin Street Blues (1:54)
  30. 30 Peepin' Through the Keyhole (1:31)
  31. 31 Closing Theme: One O'Clock Jump
Disc 3
  1. 1 Jubilee Program Intro - Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman (1:13)
  2. 2 Three Bones - Lucky Millinder (3:18)
  3. 3 I Never Knew - Lucky Millinder (3:17)
  4. 4 I'll Always Be in Love With You - Lucky Millinder (3:29)
  5. 5 Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman - Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman (0:17)
  6. 6 Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop (4:27)
  7. 7 Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby? (2:21)
  8. 8 K-Ration Hop (3:58)
  9. 9 Million Dollar Smile (2:44)
  10. 10 Flying Home, No. 2 (7:10)
  11. 11 Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman - Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman (0:16)
  12. 12 J.T. Stomp - Johnny Otis & His Orchestra (2:43)
  13. 13 Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman - Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman (0:29)
  14. 14 Bugle Call Rag (3:07)
  15. 15 Night and Day (3:12)
  16. 16 The Baranco Boogie (5:54)
  17. 17 Yesterdays - Jimmie Lunceford & His Harlem Express (5:35)
  18. 18 Hallelujah - Jimmie Lunceford & His Harlem Express (2:06)
  19. 19 Alone Together - Jimmie Lunceford & His Harlem Express (5:05)
  20. 20 Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman - Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman (0:16)
  21. 21 The Canteen Bounce - Duke Ellington (1:41)
  22. 22 Hayfoot, Strawfoot - Duke Ellington (1:53)
  23. 23 A Slip of the Lip (Can Sink a Ship) - Duke Ellington (2:19)
  24. 24 One O'Clock Jump (Closing Theme) - Duke Ellington (1:32)
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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 "Sweets" 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
Sir 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
Al 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
Al 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
Les 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
Al Williams Drums
Elmer "Skippy" Williams Tenor Saxophone
Pinky Williams Alto Saxophone
Walter Williams Trumpet
Jimmy Wormick Trombone
Snooky Young Trumpet
Jack Kelson Jr. 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
Lord Essex Track Performer
Bob Horton Trombone
Ed Loving Baritone Saxophone
Wayman Richardson Trombone
Ted Barnett Tenor Saxophone
Ed Sims Trombone
Ed Glover Trombone
Al 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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