From Spirituals to Swing: The Legendary 1938 & 1939 Carnegie Hall Concerts

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
For producer John Hammond, the most important behind-the-scenes figure in American music, nothing was too ambitious. No better example can be found than his Carnegie Hall "From Spirituals to Swing" concerts of 1938 and 1939. Aiming to present an overview of African-American music, Hammond brought together gospel, blues, boogie-woogie and Dixieland as well as swing performers including Sony Terry, Big Bill Broonzy, the Mitchell Christian Singers, the Golden Gate Quartet, Albert Ammons, Joe Turner, Sidney Bechet, James P. Johnson, Count Basie, Lester Young, Charlie Christian, and Benny Goodman. Live recordings of both years' shows, along with an additional studio date ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
For producer John Hammond, the most important behind-the-scenes figure in American music, nothing was too ambitious. No better example can be found than his Carnegie Hall "From Spirituals to Swing" concerts of 1938 and 1939. Aiming to present an overview of African-American music, Hammond brought together gospel, blues, boogie-woogie and Dixieland as well as swing performers including Sony Terry, Big Bill Broonzy, the Mitchell Christian Singers, the Golden Gate Quartet, Albert Ammons, Joe Turner, Sidney Bechet, James P. Johnson, Count Basie, Lester Young, Charlie Christian, and Benny Goodman. Live recordings of both years' shows, along with an additional studio date that brought together some of the star players from Count Basie's band were issued in the 1960s. Now, assembled in a three-CD set, FROM SPIRITUALS TO SWING casts light on a time when the originators of American vernacular music were alive, well, and ready to make joyful sounds. Highlights abound: Sonny Terry's whooping harmonica calls; trumpeter Hot Lips Page sitting in with the Basie band; Charlie Christian jamming with Lester Young; Big Bill Broonzy singing the blues with pianist Albert Ammons; Ida Cox accompanied by James P. Johnson and Basie-band members; Benny Goodman leading his stomping sextet with Christian, vibist Lionel Hampton, and pianist Fletcher Henderson on board; the gospel groups raising the roof. From the sound of the consistently jubilant music, the social and aesthetic significance of the concerts was lost on no one. No listener with a feeling for the roots of American music will miss the joy either.
All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This two-CD set was, in its time, considered a prime live music document of its period, capturing performances by Benny Goodman and a host of other jazz, blues, and gospel performers at a legendary Carnegie Hall concert most renowned among blues enthusiasts because concert organizer John Hammond headed south seeking Robert Johnson as a performer, only to learn of his death, and choosing Big Bill Broonzy to play in Johnson's place. The recordings were surprisingly good for their time, and as a musical document this show was about equal in importance to Goodman's own 1938 Carnegie Hall concert. This version is still worth hearing and owning especially for those living on a budget, although Vanguard has superceded it with a much more extensive and expensive box set that assembles tapes found since the original LP release, and identifies tapes that were re-recordings of material done at the concert.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/1999
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707016926
  • Catalog Number: 70169
  • Sales rank: 287,856

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Swingin' the Blues (3:34)
  2. 2 One O'Clock Jump (1:11)
  3. 3 Introduction (0:38)
  4. 4 Blues With Lips (3:11)
  5. 5 I Never Knew (3:11)
  6. 6 Don't Be That Way (4:03)
  7. 7 Introduction (0:29)
  8. 8 Blues With Helen (3:34)
  9. 9 Introduction (0:25)
  10. 10 I Ain't Got Nobody (3:48)
  11. 11 Jumpin' Blues - Meade "Lux" Lewis (2:22)
  12. 12 Honky Tonk Train Blues (2:39)
  13. 13 Low Down Dog - Joe Turner (2:21)
  14. 14 It's All Right Baby - Joe Turner (2:39)
  15. 15 Boogie Woogie (3:48)
  16. 16 Cavalcade of Boogie - Meade "Lux" Lewis (3:05)
  17. 17 Rock Me (2:13)
  18. 18 That's All (1:38)
  19. 19 What More Can My Jesus Do? - Mitchell's Christian Singers (2:11)
  20. 20 My Poor Mother Died A'shoutin' - Mitchell's Christian Singers (2:13)
  21. 21 Are You Living Humble - Mitchell's Christian Singers (2:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Weary Blues (2:07)
  2. 2 Milenberg Joys (1:47)
  3. 3 I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate (2:23)
  4. 4 It Was Just a Dream (3:13)
  5. 5 Fox Chase (2:16)
  6. 6 Carolina Shout (2:24)
  7. 7 Every Tub (2:54)
  8. 8 Stealin' Blues (3:43)
  9. 9 After You've Gone (4:53)
  10. 10 Oh, Lady Be Good (3:23)
  11. 11 Allez-Oop (3:52)
  12. 12 Mortgage Stomp (3:32)
  13. 13 Spoken Introduction - Sterling A. Brown (4:41)
  14. 14 Gospel Train (2:08)
  15. 15 I'm on My Way (3:00)
  16. 16 Noah (2:49)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I Got Rhythm (3:20)
  2. 2 Flying Home (3:19)
  3. 3 Memories of You (3:10)
  4. 4 Stompin' at the Savoy (3:19)
  5. 5 Honeysuckle Rose (3:56)
  6. 6 Blueberry Rhyme (3:25)
  7. 7 The Mule Walk (2:24)
  8. 8 Low Down Dirty Shame - Dicky Wells (2:36)
  9. 9 'Fore Day Creep - Dicky Wells (3:26)
  10. 10 Done Got Wise (2:31)
  11. 11 Louise, Louise Blues (2:53)
  12. 12 Mountain Blues (3:14)
  13. 13 The New John Henry (3:35)
  14. 14 Paging the Devil (3:47)
  15. 15 Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (2:29)
  16. 16 Good Mornong Blues - Kansas City Six (3:52)
  17. 17 Old Fashioned Love (2:11)
  18. 18 If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight) (3:02)
  19. 19 That Rhythm Man (2:36)
  20. 20 Oh, Lady Be Good - Jam Session (10:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Bill Broonzy Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Track Performer
Big Joe Turner Vocals
Golden Gate Quartet Track Performer
Albert Ammons Piano, Track Performer
Gene Ammons Track Performer
Count Basie Piano, Track Performer
Charlie Christian Electric Guitar
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Ida Cox Vocals, Track Performer
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Benny Goodman Clarinet, Track Performer
Freddie Green Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Lionel Hampton Vibes
Helen Humes Vocals, Track Performer
James P. Johnson Piano, Track Performer
Pete Johnson Piano, Track Performer
Jo Jones Drums
Jonah Jones Track Performer
Jimmy Rushing Vocals
Buddy Tate Tenor Saxophone
Lester Young Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Benny Morton Trombone
Joe Turner Track Performer
Walter Page Bass
Bull City Red Washboard, Track Performer
Tommy Ladnier Trumpet
Sidney Bechet Soprano Saxophone
William Brown Tenor (Vocal)
Shad Collins Trumpet
Herschel Evans Tenor Saxophone
Nick Fatool Drums
Fletcher Henderson Piano
Jones Track Performer
Meade "Lux" Lewis Piano, Track Performer
Dan Minor Trombone
Page Track Performer
Hot Lips Page Track Performer
Sonny Terry Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Sister Rosetta Tharpe Track Performer
Earle Warren Alto Saxophone
Jack Washington Baritone Saxophone
Dicky Wells Trombone
Sterling A. Brown Track Performer
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Track Performer
Benny Goodman Sextet Ensemble
Count Basie Orchestra Track Performer
Ed Lewis Trumpet
The New Orleans Feetwarmers Ensemble
Arthur Bernstein Bass
Sam Bryant Bass (Vocal)
Louis David Baritone (Vocal)
Kansas City Five Track Performer
Kansas City Six Ensemble, Track Performer
Mitchell's Christian Singers Ensemble, Track Performer
Tommy Ladiner Trumpet
Technical Credits
Leroy Carr Composer
Johnnie "Geechie" Temple Composer
Big Joe Turner Composer
George Gershwin Composer
John Sebastian Liner Notes
Albert Ammons Composer
Harry "Sweets" Edison Liner Notes
Benny Goodman Composer
Lionel Hampton Composer
Pete Johnson Composer
Fats Waller Composer
John Hammond Sr. Producer, Liner Notes
Andy Razaf Composer
Steve Buckingham Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Meade "Lux" Lewis Composer
Sister Rosetta Tharpe Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Charles Edward Smith Liner Notes
Sydney Robin Composer
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