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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Recorded in Birmingham, AL and Richmond, IN between July 1927 and October 1929, the performances reissued on this compilation are precious examples of musical entertainments commonly encountered in the Midwest and the Deep South during the years immediately preceding the Great Depression. Based in Richmond, Henry Gennett's Starr Piano Company had begun making records to sell with its phonographs in 1916; for various practical as well as legal reasons, after the end of the First World War the recording division switched to lateral rather than vertical-cut technology, and the label itself was changed from Starr to Gennett. Henry Gennett's youngest son Fred was the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Recorded in Birmingham, AL and Richmond, IN between July 1927 and October 1929, the performances reissued on this compilation are precious examples of musical entertainments commonly encountered in the Midwest and the Deep South during the years immediately preceding the Great Depression. Based in Richmond, Henry Gennett's Starr Piano Company had begun making records to sell with its phonographs in 1916; for various practical as well as legal reasons, after the end of the First World War the recording division switched to lateral rather than vertical-cut technology, and the label itself was changed from Starr to Gennett. Henry Gennett's youngest son Fred was the individual who suggested the name change. He was also responsible for the ambitious expansion of the company's catalog to include an ever-increasing number of non-white musicians. In December 1926 Fred Gennett conducted an experimental field expedition to Arizona where he recorded the songs of Hopi Indians with the intention of peddling the records to tourists visiting the Grand Canyon. About a dozen selections, with titles like "Tuwina'Av" and "Tacheuktu Katcina" were issued in early 1927. By the summer of that year young Gennett was supervising a series of recording sessions that were held in a makeshift recording studio on the third floor of the Starr Piano Store at 1820 Third Avenue South in Birmingham, AL Unlike the Hopi discs and most everything that had appeared previously on Gennett, these platters were made using the innovative General Electric recording apparatus. The range of styles and genres was as diverse as the population from which the music arose: country, gospel, ragtime, barrelhouse, blues and jazz were all performed in front of the newly designed microphones. Jazz Oracle's selection of the cream of the Birmingham dates is superb, especially when combined with a passel of hot sides recorded back home in Indiana. Here is an opportunity to experience music made long ago by nearly forgotten musicians like the Triangle Harmony Boys, the Black Birds of Paradise, Dunk Rendleman and the Alabamians, Frank Bunch & His Fuzzy Wuzzies and Syd Valentine's Patent Leather Kids, a gutsy little trio known also as Skillet Dick & His Frying Pans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/11/1998
  • Label: Jazz Oracle
  • UPC: 620588800924
  • Catalog Number: 8009
  • Sales rank: 187,342

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Canned Heat Blues (2:55)
  2. 2 Chicken Supper Strut (2:31)
  3. 3 Sweet Patootie (2:34)
  4. 4 Muddy Water - Black Bird (2:53)
  5. 5 Bugahoma Blues - Black Bird (2:49)
  6. 6 Tishomingo Blues - Black Bird (2:35)
  7. 7 Sugar! - Black Bird (2:48)
  8. 8 Is It Possible That She Loves Me (2:37)
  9. 9 Spirit of '49 Rag (2:32)
  10. 10 Fuzzy Wuzzy - Frank Bunch & His Fuzzy Wuzzies (2:48)
  11. 11 Fourth Avenue Stomp - Frank Bunch & His Fuzzy Wuzzies (3:02)
  12. 12 Congo Stomp - Frank Bunch & His Fuzzy Wuzzies (2:52)
  13. 13 Mean Dog Blues (2:47)
  14. 14 Ragamuffin Stomp (2:37)
  15. 15 Michigan Stomp (2:52)
  16. 16 Bugs (2:51)
  17. 17 Mother-In-Law Blues - Horace Smith (2:54)
  18. 18 Love Is Dead - Horace Smith (2:54)
  19. 19 Going Away and Leave My Baby - Horace Smith (2:57)
  20. 20 Clickety-Clack Blues - Horace Smith (2:44)
  21. 21 Jelly Bean Drag - Syd Valentine's Patent Leather Kids (3:02)
  22. 22 Asphalt Walk - Syd Valentine's Patent Leather Kids (2:53)
  23. 23 Patent Leather Stomp - Syd Valentine's Patent Leather Kids (3:13)
  24. 24 Rock and Gravel - Syd Valentine's Patent Leather Kids (2:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Warfield Banjo
Vic Dickenson Trombone
James Bell Clarinet
Walter Boyd Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
The Alabamians Track Performer
George H. Tremer Track Performer
Triangle Harmony Boys Track Performer
Bill Aderholt Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Syd Valentine Trumpet
Black Birds of Paradise Track Performer
Bob Hamilton Trumpet
Frank Bunch Piano
Murray Harper Tenor Saxophone
James "Slick" Helms Piano
Paul George Banjo
Horace Smith Vocals
Carl Bunch Banjo
Ivory Johnson Bowed Bass
Hunch Vines Trumpet
Philmore "Shorty" Hall Cornet
James Bell Alto Saxophone
Melvin Small Piano
Tom Ivery Banjo
Samuel Borders Drums
Technical Credits
James Williams Engineer
Keith Miller Engineer
Jack King Graphic Design
John R.T. Davies Producer, Engineer, Remastering
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Sidney Mitchell Composer
Edna Alexander Composer
Colin Bray Producer
John Wilby Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Dan Allen Engineer
Pete Whelan Engineer
Grant Cairns Engineer
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