Frankie

Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon (1927-1940)

by Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon
     
 
Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon definitely occupied his own musical niche. An eccentric singer who also worked as a female impersonator, Jaxon's music straddled the boundaries between jazz, blues and hokum. This 1989 CD sampling of his recordings (19 performances from a 13-year period) mostly consist of leftover tracks overlooked by other reissue programs although the

Overview

Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon definitely occupied his own musical niche. An eccentric singer who also worked as a female impersonator, Jaxon's music straddled the boundaries between jazz, blues and hokum. This 1989 CD sampling of his recordings (19 performances from a 13-year period) mostly consist of leftover tracks overlooked by other reissue programs although the Document series has since reissued the complete Half-Pint Jaxon. This version of "Operation Blues" was previously unissued, and four other numbers are taken from test pressings. The recording quality varies quite a bit from session to session, as does the personnel. Jaxon is heard backed by pianist Blanche Smith Watson, with a big band in 1933, and joined by such notable players as banjoist Ikey Robinson, pianist Georgia Tom Dorsey, cornetist Punch Miller and pianist Lil Armstrong, among many others. Some of the double-entendre songs are either obvious or silly, and Jaxon's occasional decision to play the part of a foolish woman may not be to everyone's taste, but there is some good music here. Among the selections are "Corinne Blues," "You Got to Wet It," "Chocolate to the Bone," "Spank It" and "When a Woman Gets the Blues."

Product Details

Release Date:
07/03/2012
Label:
Jdc Records
UPC:
0031397353325
catalogNumber:
7353320

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon   Primary Artist,Accordion,Vocals
Georgia Tom   Piano,Vocals
Dalbert Bright   Clarinet
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Preston Jackson   Trombone
Guy Kelly   Trumpet
Punch Miller   Cornet
Ikey Robinson   Banjo
Bob Shoffner   Trumpet
Lem Johnson   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Kenneth Anderson   Alto Saxophone
Jerome Carrington   Piano
David A. Young   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon   Composer
Johnny Parth   Producer
Susan Swain   Liner Notes

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