Complementary Tracks [Classics Records]

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
From the alternative-rock fanatic who will gladly blow $500 on a bunch of Nirvana bootlegs at a CD swap meet to the jazzhead who would like to own everything that Chet Baker ever recorded, collectors can be an obsessive bunch. The casual listener might have a hard time understanding that obsession and wonder why collectors insist on hearing 50 different live performances of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box," or why they will go out of their way to acquire a Baker recording that the trumpeter himself would have considered less than essential. But for collectors, their addiction is endlessly fascinating. Serious jazz collectors are the target audience of Classics, a small ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
From the alternative-rock fanatic who will gladly blow $500 on a bunch of Nirvana bootlegs at a CD swap meet to the jazzhead who would like to own everything that Chet Baker ever recorded, collectors can be an obsessive bunch. The casual listener might have a hard time understanding that obsession and wonder why collectors insist on hearing 50 different live performances of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box," or why they will go out of their way to acquire a Baker recording that the trumpeter himself would have considered less than essential. But for collectors, their addiction is endlessly fascinating. Serious jazz collectors are the target audience of Classics, a small French label that has, since 1989, been reissuing artists' recordings in chronological order. Classics' forte is pre-1950 master recordings from the 78 era -- the company usually doesn't get into alternate takes although some completists wish that it did, nor does it concern itself with recordings from the LP era. In 1999, Classics celebrated its tenth anniversary with this three-CD set, which isn't a sampler but rather a collection of rarities and odds and ends that, for various reasons, didn't appear on previous Classics collections. Spanning 1924-1949, Classics: Complementary Tracks contains material by some well-known jazzmen including Don Redman, Slim Gaillard, and Chick Webb along with little known recordings by such obscure improvisers as stride pianist Garnet Clark, bandleader Alphonso Trent, clarinetist Omer Simeon, and female swing vocalist Jerry Kruger. Those with a taste for the esoteric will appreciate hearing singer Midge Williams' ultra-rare Japanese translations of "St. Louis Blues," "Dinah," and "Lazy Bones," all recorded with Japanese musicians in Tokyo in 1934. Meanwhile, disc three focuses on mostly well-known artists and sets out to correct various things that Classics felt needed correcting. For example, the spoken introductions to several Pete Johnson sides from 1946 are re-added, and the full versions of eight Bunny Berigan performances from 1936 are provided. Generally decent and occasionally excellent, Classics: Complementary Tracks isn't recommended to the casual jazz fan but is interesting and enjoyable if you're a seasoned jazz collector.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2000
  • Label: Melodie Jazz Classic
  • UPC: 723723762023
  • Catalog Number: 24

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Who Ya Hunchin'? (2:56)
  2. 2 In the Groove at the Grove (2:43)
  3. 3 Night Wind (2:41)
  4. 4 If the Moon Turns Green (2:46)
  5. 5 Devil in the Moon (2:56)
  6. 6 Louisiana Fairy Tale (2:57)
  7. 7 Boats (2:53)
  8. 8 Fish for Supper (2:40)
  9. 9 'Ats in There (2:44)
  10. 10 Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide (2:48)
  11. 11 Rain, Rain Go Away (2:28)
  12. 12 Summertime (3:03)
  13. 13 Pistol Packin' Mama (3:52)
  14. 14 Redman Blues (4:55)
  15. 15 Great Day in the Morning (3:16)
  16. 16 Midnite Mood (3:04)
  17. 17 Dark Glasses (2:31)
  18. 18 Mickey Finn (2:42)
  19. 19 Carrie Mae Blues (3:10)
  20. 20 Clementine (From New Orleans) (3:13)
  21. 21 I Found a New Baby (3:14)
  22. 22 After Hour Creep (2:51)
  23. 23 Garbage Man Blues (2:55)
  24. 24 Chickasaw Stomp (3:19)
  25. 25 Memphis Rag (3:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Got Rhythm (3:00)
  2. 2 St. Louis Blues (3:29)
  3. 3 Lazy Bones (3:30)
  4. 4 Dinah (3:25)
  5. 5 King Porter Stomp - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra (3:02)
  6. 6 Moten Swing - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra (2:55)
  7. 7 Minor Riff - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra (2:48)
  8. 8 Satchel Mouth Baby - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra (3:05)
  9. 9 Close Your Eyes - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra (2:54)
  10. 10 This Is Everything I Prayed For - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra (2:45)
  11. 11 Again - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra (2:54)
  12. 12 Ain't I Losing You - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra (3:03)
  13. 13 Of All the Wrongs You Done to Me - The Red Onion Jazz Babies (2:45)
  14. 14 Terrible Blues - The Red Onion Jazz Babies (2:50)
  15. 15 Santa Claus Blues - The Red Onion Jazz Babies (2:42)
  16. 16 Cake Walking Babies from Home - The Red Onion Jazz Babies (3:10)
  17. 17 Lucy Long (2:51)
  18. 18 I Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle (2:37)
  19. 19 If You Can't Hold the Man You Love (Don't Cry When He's Gone) - Evelyn Preer (2:49)
  20. 20 Blue Devil Blues (2:47)
  21. 21 Squabblin' (3:02)
  22. 22 Smoke-House Blues (2:33)
  23. 23 Beau Koo Jack (2:43)
  24. 24 Exactly Like You (3:08)
  25. 25 Froglegs and Bourbon (3:08)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I Would Do Anything for You (Bonus Track) (2:40)
  2. 2 Tiger Rag (2:42)
  3. 3 Bugs Parade (2:31)
  4. 4 Wall Street Wail (2:59)
  5. 5 Poor Li'l Me (3:21)
  6. 6 Are You Hep to the Jive? (2:49)
  7. 7 All the Time (2:34)
  8. 8 On the Sentimental Side (3:05)
  9. 9 Pete's Lonesome Blues (2:53)
  10. 10 Mr. Drums Meets Mr. Piano (2:58)
  11. 11 Mutiny in the Doghouse (2:48)
  12. 12 Mr. Clarinet Knocks Twice (2:58)
  13. 13 Ben Rides Out (3:02)
  14. 14 Page Mr. Trumpet (3:07)
  15. 15 J.C. From K.C. (3:04)
  16. 16 Pete's Housewarming Blues (2:51)
  17. 17 It's Been So Long (2:50)
  18. 18 I'd Rather Lead a Band (3:05)
  19. 19 Let Yourself Go (3:02)
  20. 20 A Melody from the Sky (2:42)
  21. 21 Rhythm Saved the World (2:51)
  22. 22 I Nearly Let Love Go Slipping Thru' My Fingers (2:50)
  23. 23 But Definitely (2:49)
  24. 24 If I Had My Way (2:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Brown Trombone
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Eddie Heywood Bass, Piano, Drums
Earl Hines Piano
James P. Johnson Piano
John Kirby Bass
Jimmy Rushing Vocals
Teddy Wilson Piano
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Perry Bradford Vocals, Track Performer
Cozy Cole Drums
Taft Jordan Trumpet, Track Performer
Johnny Mince Clarinet
Zutty Singleton Drums
Buster Smith Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Chick Webb Drums
Al Cooper Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
The Red Onion Jazz Babies Track Performer
Don Redman Violin, Alto Saxophone
Slim Gaillard Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Cyril Haynes Piano
Bubber Miley Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Teddy Bunn Guitar
Rudy Williams Alto Saxophone
Wellman Braud Bass
Sonny Greer Drums
Walter Page Track Performer
Moses Allen Bass
Hayes Alvis Bass
Lil Armstrong Piano
Mario Bauzá Trumpet
Sidney Bechet Clarinet
Emmett Berry Trumpet
Howard Biggs Piano
Wallace Bishop Drums
Alvin Burroughs Drums
Garvin Bushell Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Butts Bass
Don Byas Tenor Saxophone
Wayman Carver Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Henderson Chambers Trombone
Paul Chapman Guitar
Buddy Christian Banjo
George Clarke Tenor Saxophone
Paul Cohen Trumpet
Jimmy Crawford Drums
Douglas Daniels Vocals, tiple
Wilbur Daniels Vocals, tiple
Maxwell Davis Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Dougherty Drums
Duke Ellington Orchestra Piano
Otis Finch Tenor Saxophone
Fletcher Henderson Piano, Track Performer
Tommy Fulford Piano
Henry Glover Trumpet
A.G. Godley Drums
Clarence Grimes Alto Saxophone
Earl Hardy Trombone
Roy Haynes Drums
Peanuts Holland Trumpet
Charlie Irvis Trombone
Hilton Jefferson Alto Saxophone
Pat Jenkins Trumpet
Money Johnson Trumpet
Woodrow Key Tenor Saxophone
Wilbert Kirk Drums
Ella Logan Track Performer
Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall Drums
Andy Martin Tenor Saxophone
George Matthews Trombone
Teddy McRae Tenor Saxophone
Dan Minor Trombone
James Mitchell Trumpet
Hot Lips Page Trumpet
Bernie Peacock Alto Saxophone
Beverly Peer Bass
Dave Richmond Bass
Claude Roberts Banjo
Omer Simeon Solo Instrumental, Clarinet, Track Performer
Nat Story Trombone
Dick Vance Trumpet
Leo Watson Drums, Vocals
Al Williams Drums
Elmer "Skippy" Williams Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Drayton Bass
Samuel Lee Alto Saxophone
Alex "Razz" Mitchell Drums
Bumps Myers Tenor Saxophone
Midge Williams Track Performer
Sammy Benskin Piano
Rene Bloch Alto Saxophone
Charlie Green Trombone
Willie Wells Trumpet
Sandy Williams Trombone
Grachan Moncur II Bass
Charlie Douglas Trumpet
Al Cooper & His Savoy Sultans Track Performer
Chick Webb & His Orchestra Track Performer
Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra Track Performer
Luis Russell & His Orchestra Track Performer
Don Redman & His Orchestra Track Performer
Ward Silloway Trombone
Jimmy Burns Drums
Walter "Foots" Thomas Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Stark Trumpet
Otto Hardwick Violin, Alto Saxophone
Aaron Thompson Trombone
Charlie Washington Piano
Bob Wyatt Piano
Roger Jones Trumpet
Ted Manning Alto Saxophone
Roger Segure Piano
Garnet Clark Solo Instrumental, Piano, Track Performer
Jerry Kruger Vocals, Track Performer
Bill Brookins Bass
Alphonse Trent Track Performer
Charles Williams Trombone
Eddie Williams Tenor Saxophone
Chester Boone Trumpet
Luther Brown Trombone
Austin Lawrence Trombone
Esmond Samuels Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Johnson Guitar
H.B. Hall Trombone
Elisha Hanna Trumpet
Emerson Harper Alto Saxophone
Jyun Hashimoto Tenor Saxophone
Lee Hillard Alto Saxophone
Robert "Eppie" Jackson Bass
James Jeter Alto Saxophone
Gus Wilson Trombone
John Swan Trumpet
Eugene Crooke Banjo, Guitar
Chester Clark Trumpet
Bobby Brown Piano
Evelyn Preer Vocals
Jeff Means Baritone Saxophone
William Barbee Piano
George Floyd Vocals
Dolores Brown Violin
Clay Henry Trumpet
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Claude Hopkins Composer
Pete Johnson Composer
Cootie Williams Composer
Luis Russell Director
Perry Bradford Director
Eddie Edwards Composer
Nick LaRocca Composer
Chick Webb Director
Al Cooper Composer, Director
Don Redman Director
Louis Armstrong Composer, Contributor
J. Fred Coots Composer
Duke Ellington Orchestra Director
Fletcher Henderson Director
Ira Gershwin Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Alexander Hill Composer
Jack Palmer Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Lawrence Payton Composer
Henry W. Ragas Composer
Tony Sbarbaro Composer
Larry Shields Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Bobby Williams Composer
Anatol Schenker Liner Notes
Joe Young Composer
Gilles Petard Liner Notes
Alex Hill Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Walter Melrose Composer
Harry Da Costa Composer
Edgar Dowell Composer
Chris Smith Composer
Jack Chapman Composer
Alphonso Trent Director
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