Good Time Mamma

Good Time Mamma

by King Mutt & His Tennessee Thumpers
     
 

In 2009 the Frog record label reissued a set of extremely rare recordings by King Mutt & His Tennessee Thumpers, along with a healthy slug of similarly uncommon records of comparable style, origin, and vintage. The King Mutt sides were recorded for Gennett and were also released on Champion and Supertone. This CD issue is in some ways descended from a 1975 Herwin LP…  See more details below

Overview

In 2009 the Frog record label reissued a set of extremely rare recordings by King Mutt & His Tennessee Thumpers, along with a healthy slug of similarly uncommon records of comparable style, origin, and vintage. The King Mutt sides were recorded for Gennett and were also released on Champion and Supertone. This CD issue is in some ways descended from a 1975 Herwin LP devoted to Punch Miller composed of various highlights from near the beginning of his recording career, including most of the King Mutt titles. The most important improvement perhaps is the inclusion of "Nut House Stomp," which the producers of the Herwin collection were unable to locate. Theories abound as to who played which instruments at the King Mutt session, which took place in Richmond, IN on February 12, 1929. It is likely that Arnett Nelson blew the clarinet, and he may have been the alto saxophonist, unless it was George James. The piano was played by Jimmy Blythe, Frank Melrose, or both. The guitarist was either Willie Baker or a guy by the name of Rodgers; the mandolinist is believed to have been Al Miller (a little-known artist whose works have been reissued by Document); and the drummer was Tommy Taylor. One clue to the identity of King Mutt occurs during this collection's title track, when someone shouts "Play it, Mutt!" during the cornet solo. This would seem to narrow it down to Punch Miller, as he is most often listed as a participant. Curiously, Nelson has also been cited as a possibility, although a more logical choice would be trumpeter Mutt Carey, who was living in Chicago at the time and could conceivably have been in on this date. As if to offer yet another possibility, the producers of this compilation included "Sho' Is Hot" and "Boot It, Boy," recorded about two months earlier by trumpeter Mutt Carton with a unit billed as Thomas' Muscle Shoals Devils. (This group was steered by pianist and composer George W. Thomas, who took the liberty of borrowing the band's name from his deceased little brother Hersal Thomas, who had used it for an ensemble he led back in 1925.) In addition to a pair of piano solos by Frank Melrose, the remaining space on this album is filled with historic recordings by xylophonist Jimmy Bertrand with the Kansas City Tin Roof Stompers; W.E. "Buddy" Burton with the Dixie Four; Jimmy Blythe with the Midnight Rounders; and Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon with primeval jazz bassist Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band. Note that the Tin Roof Stompers' "Aunt Jemima Stomp" is like a xylophone-enhanced version of King Mutt's "Shake Your Shimmy." If you're lucky enough ever to see a copy of this collection, pounce on it at once and study the contents carefully from King Mutt's exciting "Mississippi Stomp" all the way through to Half-Pint's Prohibition-era theater piece "Don't Drink It In Here."

Product Details

Release Date:
04/21/2009
Label:
Frog Uk
UPC:
0641654767026
catalogNumber:
70
Rank:
177523

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

King Mutt & His Tennessee Thumpers   Primary Artist
Georgia Tom   Piano
Frank Melrose   Piano
Jimmy Blythe   Piano
Jimmy Bertrand   Xylophone
Darnell Howard   Clarinet
Bill Johnson   Vocals,String Bass
Clifford "Snags" Jones   Drums
Miller   Keyboards,Vocals,Melodica
Arnett Nelson   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
W.E. Burton   Piano,Vocals
Carl Reid   Jug
George W. Thomas   Piano
Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon & Punches Delegates of Pleasure   Vocals
Dave Cross   Vocals

Technical Credits

Paul Swinton   Producer

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