Dixieland Blues

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
For Dixieland Blues, bandleader and pianist Johnny Maddox determined to play Dixieland-style arrangements of obscure songs that he knew from the original sheet music, including some that had never been previously given a Dixieland treatment. Not all of these numbers, it must be said, are obscure: there are very few blues and jazz fans who haven't at least heard of W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues," while the same composer's "Memphis Blues" was the first blues Handy ever wrote. At the head of an eight-piece band which also included another piano player, Maddox played revivalistically reverent, if lively music that likely sounded very much like early New Orleans Dixieland...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
For Dixieland Blues, bandleader and pianist Johnny Maddox determined to play Dixieland-style arrangements of obscure songs that he knew from the original sheet music, including some that had never been previously given a Dixieland treatment. Not all of these numbers, it must be said, are obscure: there are very few blues and jazz fans who haven't at least heard of W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues," while the same composer's "Memphis Blues" was the first blues Handy ever wrote. At the head of an eight-piece band which also included another piano player, Maddox played revivalistically reverent, if lively music that likely sounded very much like early New Orleans Dixieland jazz did in the early 1900s. It was recorded, however, with far more clarity than the first actual Dixieland 78s boasted back in the early 20th century. The 2004 CD reissue of this 1959 recording contains a good amount of enhanced CD material, including a few interview excerpts with Maddox; a short video of Maddox performing "Friday Night Blues" -- the only song on the album he wrote with Randy Wood -- on solo piano decades after the album release; commentary by Maddox on some of the songs; a Maddox bio; and vintage covers of the sheet music for some of the numbers on the record.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/2/2005
  • Label: Cd Baby
  • UPC: 679791101021
  • Catalog Number: 5637382939
  • Sales rank: 249,325

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bluin' the Blues - Johnny Maddox (2:09)
  2. 2 Strut Miss Lizzie - Johnny Maddox (1:58)
  3. 3 Beale Street Blues - Johnny Maddox (3:08)
  4. 4 Wolverine Blues - Johnny Maddox (2:13)
  5. 5 Memphis Blues - Johnny Maddox (2:23)
  6. 6 Royal Garden Blues - Johnny Maddox (2:20)
  7. 7 St. Louis Blues - Johnny Maddox (2:05)
  8. 8 Friday Night Blues - Johnny Maddox (2:06)
  9. 9 Bow Wow Blues (My Mama Treats Me Like a Dog) - Johnny Maddox (2:23)
  10. 10 I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None O' This Jelly Roll - Johnny Maddox (2:03)
  11. 11 Basin Street Blues - Johnny Maddox (3:02)
  12. 12 Tishomingo Blues - Johnny Maddox (2:23)
  13. 13 Yellow Dog Blues - Johnny Maddox (4:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Maddox & the Rhythmasters Primary Artist
Johnny Maddox Indexed Contributor, Piano
Matty Matlock Clarinet
Red Callender Tuba
Nick Fatool Drums
Bobby Hammack Piano
Manny Klein Trumpet
Nappy Lamare Banjo
Moe Schneider Trombone
Technical Credits
Matty Matlock Arranger
W.C. Handy Composer
Tom Mack Engineer
Johnny Maddox Composer
Rick Clark Liner Notes
Henry Creamer Composer
Cliff Friend Composer
Turner Layton Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Randy Wood Composer
Sidney Mitchell Composer
Benjamin Franklin Spikes Composer
John Spikes Composer
Brooke Barnett Graphic Design
Mark B. Linn Reissue Producer
Nate Osborne Composer
Beasley Smith Arranger
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