Cornet Blues

Cornet Blues

by Johnny Dunn
     
 
Cornetist Johnny Dunn made his first recordings under the auspices of cabaret blues singer Mamie Smith, more or less leading the band that accompanied her and cutting quite a number of instrumental recordings as well. Whether the group was called Mamie Smith's Jazz Hounds or Johnny Dunn's Original Jazz Hounds, it represented one of the first African American bands to

Overview

Cornetist Johnny Dunn made his first recordings under the auspices of cabaret blues singer Mamie Smith, more or less leading the band that accompanied her and cutting quite a number of instrumental recordings as well. Whether the group was called Mamie Smith's Jazz Hounds or Johnny Dunn's Original Jazz Hounds, it represented one of the first African American bands to make records on a regular basis. When Dunn's complete works were reissued on compact disc by RST and Document in the 1990s, the material fit onto two CDs because virtually everything he recorded in collaboration with singing actress Edith Wilson was included. Released in 2000 by the Frog label, Cornet Blues focuses upon Dunn's instrumentals with a small sampling of Perry Bradford's singing thrown in for good measure. Dunn, a master of both bugling and muted effects, is heard in the company of reedman Garvin Bushell, trombonist Herb Fleming, a banjoist named Sam Speed, as well as pianists Leroy Tibbs, Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, and Fats Waller. This album is packed with delightfully antiquated dance music and hot jazz. An even more complete edition would combine all of the Jazz Hound instrumentals released under both Smith's and Dunn's names, but that compendium (which would comfortably fill two CDs) has yet to materialize.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/2000
Label:
Frog Uk
UPC:
0641654763325
catalogNumber:
33
Rank:
176135

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Tracks

  1. Bugle Blues
  2. Birmingham Blues
  3. Hawaiian Blues
  4. Four O'Clock Blues
  5. Hallelujah Blues
  6. Spanish Dreams
  7. Dixie Blues
  8. Sugar Blues
  9. Sweet Lovin' Mama
  10. Vamping Sal the Sheba of Georgia
  11. Jazzin' Babies Blues
  12. I Promised Not to Holler, But Hey! Hey!
  13. Dunn's Cornet Blues
  14. You've Never Heard the Blues
  15. Silver Rose
  16. Arabella's Wedding Day
  17. Smiling Joe
  18. For Baby and Me
  19. Sergeant Dunn's Bugle Call Blues
  20. Sergeant Dunn's Bugle Call Blues
  21. Ham and Eggs
  22. Buffalo Blues
  23. You Need Some Loving
  24. What's the Use of Being Alone?
  25. Original Bugle Blues

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Dunn   Primary Artist,Trumpet
James P. Johnson   Piano
Jelly Roll Morton   Piano
Fats Waller   Piano
Perry Bradford   Vocals
Jesse Baltimore   Drums
Garvin Bushell   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Maceo Jefferson   Banjo
Plantation Orchestra   Track Performer
Ernest Elliott   Clarinet
Alonzo Williams   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Hersal Brassfield   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Earl Granstaff   Trombone
Leroy Tibbs   Piano
John Mitchell   Banjo
Original Jazz Hounds   Track Performer
Rudolph Dunbar   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Herb Flemming   Trombone
Dan Wilson   Piano

Technical Credits

Hersal Brassfield   Arranger
Mark Berresford   Liner Notes

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