Breaking Up the House

Breaking Up the House

by Tiny Bradshaw
     
 

Proper presents a chronological survey of recordings made by Tiny Bradshaw between September 19, 1934 and July 25, 1951 for the Decca, Regis, Manor, Savoy and King labels. The material reissued on this double disc traces a stylistic progression from swing to bop to R&B. Tiny Bradshaw's early Decca recordings, made in New York during September and October 1934 are… See more details below

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Proper presents a chronological survey of recordings made by Tiny Bradshaw between September 19, 1934 and July 25, 1951 for the Decca, Regis, Manor, Savoy and King labels. The material reissued on this double disc traces a stylistic progression from swing to bop to R&B. Tiny Bradshaw's early Decca recordings, made in New York during September and October 1934 are dominated by the leader's vocals. Remastered with reverb, these energetic stomps sound something like records of a similar vintage made by Taft Jordan and the Washboard Rhythm Kings. One thing about young Bradshaw: he seems to have been almost entirely incapable of subtlety. On most of these early records he sings loud and fast, scatting himself breathless and carrying on, going off like a cap pistol over and over again; in live performance, Bradshaw danced and cavorted like Cab Calloway. The band contained trumpeter Shad Collins as well as reedmen Russell Procope and Happy Caldwell. Bradshaw hollers through "Ol' Man River" in a manner similar to Bob Howard or Putney Dandridge. Bradshaw's 1944 band consisted of 14 decidedly modern-sounding players, including West Indian trumpeter Talib Dawud, baritone saxophonist Charlie Fowlkes (a veteran of Lionel Hampton's band destined for years of service with Count Basie), and legendary saxmen Big Nick Nicholas and Sonny Stitt. Bradshaw's Manor and Savoy recordings, made between February 1945 and March 1947, document a transitional period during which he posed as a crooner, took one tentative step towards bebop with "V2" then dove headlong into re-bop and R&B, the stylistic turf where he would live out the rest of his career. His King sessions took place in Cincinnati and New York beginning on November 30, 1949. This is the material for which Bradshaw is best known and remembered. "Well, Oh Well," recorded on February 8, 1950, is his masterpiece. After years of searching for the right groove, it was only during the last few years of his career that Tiny Bradshaw found his natural element in the King label's patented formula of hand-clapping, foot-stomping R&B with backbeat drumming, boogie woogie piano, call-and-response band vocals, electrically amplified guitar and growling, squealing saxophones.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/20/2002
Label:
Proper Pairs
UPC:
0805520051019
catalogNumber:
101

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Shout, Sister Shout
  2. Mister, Will You Seranade?
  3. The Darktown Strutters' Ball
  4. The Sheik of Araby
  5. Ol' Man River
  6. I Ain't Got Nobody
  7. I'm a Ding Dong Daddy
  8. She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
  9. After You've Gone
  10. Salt Lake City Bounce
  11. Straighten Up and Fly Right
  12. Bradshaw Bounce
  13. V-2
  14. Butterfly
  15. Schoolday Blues
  16. Six Shooter Junction
  17. Bride and Groom Boogie
  18. I Found Out Too Late
  19. These Things Are Love
  20. If I Had a Million Dollars
  21. Take the Hands Off the Clock
  22. I've Been Around

Disc 2

  1. Gravy Train
  2. Boodie Green
  3. Walkin' the Chalk Line
  4. Well Oh Well
  5. Butterlfy
  6. I'm Going to Have Myself a Ball
  7. Breaking Up the House
  8. One, Two Three, Kick Blues
  9. If You Don't Love Me, Tell Me So
  10. Walk That Mess
  11. Snaggle Tooth Ruth
  12. Brad's Blues
  13. Bradshaw Boogie
  14. Two Dry Bones on the Pantry Shelf
  15. The Blues Came Pouring Down
  16. I'm a Hi-Ballin' Daddy
  17. Get Back on the Shelf Baby
  18. Built Like a Railroad Track
  19. T-99
  20. The Train Kept-A-Rollin'
  21. Knockin' Blues

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tiny Bradshaw   Primary Artist,Leader,Vocals
Sonny Stitt   Alto Saxophone
Wild Bill Davis   Piano
Red Prysock   Tenor Saxophone
Don Hill   Alto Saxophone
Russell Procope   Alto Saxophone
Leslie Ayres   Piano,Trumpet
Arnold Boling   Drums
Happy Caldwell   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Shad Collins   Trumpet
Leon Comegys   Trombone
Talib Dawud   Trumpet
Erskine   Guitar
Billy Ford   Trumpet
Charlie Fowlkes   Baritone Saxophone
Henry Glover   Trumpet
Rufus Gore   Tenor Saxophone
Leroy Harris   Guitar
Clarence Mack   Bass
George Matthews   Trombone
George Nicholas   Tenor Saxophone
Andrew Penn   Trombone
Curly Russell   Bass
Leonard Heavy Swain   Bass
Earl Fox Walker   Drums
Eddie Smith   Bass
Orrington Hall   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Bobby Holmes   Alto Saxophone
Bob Lessey   Guitar
Jimmy Robinson   Organ,Piano
Willie Gaddy   Guitar
Lincoln Mills   Trumpet
Jack Wolf Fine   Vocals
Sammy Yates   Trumpet
Alfonso King   Trombone
Eugène Green   Trombone
Pritchard Chessman   Tenor Saxophone
Duke Anderson   Piano
Dorena Deane   Vocals

Technical Credits

Tiny Bradshaw   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Harry Beasley Smith   Composer
Ted Snyder   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Alex Hill   Composer
Francis Wheeler   Composer
Tim Brymm   Composer
Joop Visser   Producer,Liner Notes

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