Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1923-1927)

Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1923-1927)

by Richard M. Jones
     
 
Richard M. Jones worked as talent scout, pianist, and accompanist for Okeh records during the 1920s, and managed to make a small number of recordings during the '30s and early '40s. This unfairly overlooked individual composed fundamental old-fashioned standards like "Trouble in Mind," the "Jazzin' Babies Blues," and the "New Orleans Hop Scop Blues." The recordings he

Overview

Richard M. Jones worked as talent scout, pianist, and accompanist for Okeh records during the 1920s, and managed to make a small number of recordings during the '30s and early '40s. This unfairly overlooked individual composed fundamental old-fashioned standards like "Trouble in Mind," the "Jazzin' Babies Blues," and the "New Orleans Hop Scop Blues." The recordings he made with his Jazz Wizards and other bands in and around Chicago are well worth investigating. It wasn't until the '90s that these early jazz gems became generally available through the efforts of certain European reissue labels. Classics fit their chronological Jones edition onto two CDs by confining the selection almost exclusively to records issued under his name between the years 1923 and 1944. Document's Vol. 1 begins, like the Classics edition and any responsibly put together Jones chronology, with two marvelous piano solos recorded in June 1923, and covers a timeline extending almost exactly four years, to June 1927. Jones is most often heard with his Jazz Wizards, which at first consisted of clarinetist Albert Nicholas and banjoist Johnny St. Cyr. Other players heard on this volume are cornetist Shirley Clark, trombonist Preston Jackson, clarinetists Stump Evans and Artie Starks, and tenor saxophonist Barney Bigard, then a member of the Luis Russell band who was destined to become Duke Ellington's star clarinetist. These are delightful old-time jazz get-togethers, and anyone who loves early Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, or Jabbo Smith will almost certainly appreciate the opportunity to savor the sounds of the Jazz Wizards. What distinguishes this edition from Jones' entries in the Classics Chronological Series are occasional examples of the pianist's collaborations with blues singers Sara Martin, Elzadie Robinson, and Bertha "Chippie" Hill. These seem to have been included as a supplement to Document's Richard M. Jones & the Blues Singers, but the effect upon a two-volume "complete" edition is to edge out other material. Absent, for example, are two records cut for Paramount in June 1927 by cornetist Don Nelson with Jones at the piano. If you want to hear them, consult Vol. 1 of the Classics edition. A second volume on Document devoted to the pianist's adventures as an accompanist could have included every record he ever shared withBertha Hill, and would have freed up room for his superb player piano roll version of the "King of the Zulu Blues," which was released to the public in April 1927, not to mention his guest appearances with bands led by Luis Russell and King Oliver. Instead Document constructed a very enjoyable Incomplete Edition that includes most of the best of his early recordings while touching at times upon sessions that featured female vocalists. The four numbers sung by Bertha Hill are a real bonus.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/08/2001
Label:
Document
UPC:
0788518152427
catalogNumber:
1524
Rank:
212814

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard M. Jones   Primary Artist,Piano,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Sara Martin   Vocals,Track Performer
Willie Hightower   Cornet
Albert Nicholas   Clarinet
Luis Russell   Piano
Louis Metcalf   Trumpet
Albert Wynn   Trombone
Johnny St. Cyr   Banjo
Barney Bigard   Tenor Saxophone
Wallace Bishop   Drums
Shirley Clay   Cornet
Lee Collins   Trumpet
Honore Dutrey   Trombone
Herschel Evans   Tenor Saxophone
Milton Fletcher   Trumpet
William Franklin   Trombone
Preston Jackson   Trombone
Clifford "Snags" Jones   Drums
John Lindsay   Trombone
Rudy Richardson   Drums
Elzadie Robinson   Vocals,Track Performer
Ikey Robinson   Banjo
Bud Scott   Banjo
Roy Slaughter   Drums
Charlie Turner   Bass
Bob Frazier   String Bass
Bertha "Chippie" Hill   Vocals
Eddie Mallory   Cornet
Hurley Ramey   Guitar
Bill Owsley   Tenor Saxophone
Artie Starks   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
John McCullin   Alto Saxophone
Eddie McLaughlin   Trumpet
Fred Parham   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Henry Clark   Trombone
Elisha Herbert   Cornet
George Reynolds   Piano
Huey Long   Guitar
Leslie Corley   Banjo
Richard M. Jones' Jazz Wizards   Piano,Vocals
Warner Seals   Tenor Saxophone
Luther Henderson   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Mike Montgomery   Liner Notes
Johnny Parth   Producer
K.H. Rosenzopf   Art Direction,Cover Art
Rudolf Staeger   Executive Producer
Henry Clark   Contributor
Richard M. Jones' Jazz Wizards   Arranger,Director

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