Good Time Music: San Francisco Style

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
The best Lu Watters compilation in the world is a four-CD box set of his Complete Good Time Jazz Recordings. Nothing will ever beat that, and nobody is trying. What the Living Era label presents here are 25 examples of traditional jazz recordings made by this delightful Dixieland revival band in California from December 1941 through February 1950. The instrumental composition of Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band was patterned after that of King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band of 1923: two cornets, trombone, and clarinet backed by piano, banjo, and drums; the Yerba Buena added a tuba for extra ballast. The repertoire consisted of hardcore traditional jazz melodies by W.C. Handy,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
The best Lu Watters compilation in the world is a four-CD box set of his Complete Good Time Jazz Recordings. Nothing will ever beat that, and nobody is trying. What the Living Era label presents here are 25 examples of traditional jazz recordings made by this delightful Dixieland revival band in California from December 1941 through February 1950. The instrumental composition of Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band was patterned after that of King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band of 1923: two cornets, trombone, and clarinet backed by piano, banjo, and drums; the Yerba Buena added a tuba for extra ballast. The repertoire consisted of hardcore traditional jazz melodies by W.C. Handy, Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Richard M. Jones, Louis Armstrong, and Kid Ory interspersed with original compositions by Watters. Certain participants in these heartwarming recording sessions went on to form their own highly acclaimed traditional jazz ensembles: trumpeter Bob Scobey and trombonist Turk Murphy are familiar names among those who are susceptible to this kind of music. Since an entire generation of postwar beer-drinking Dixieland fans held singing banjoist Clancy Hayes in such high esteem, two examples of his robust vocalizing are included as an accurate representation of what this band sounded like at Hambone Kelly's in El Cerrito, CA, in February of 1950. In a world filled with bitterness and gloomy cynicism, this sort of good-time music is becoming more valuable by the minute.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2005
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625555028
  • Catalog Number: 5550

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Muskrat Ramble - Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band (2:09)
  2. 2 At a Georgia Camp Meeting - Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band (3:30)
  3. 3 Original Jelly Roll Blues - Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band (2:36)
  4. 4 Maple Leaf Rag - Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band (2:57)
  5. 5 Come Back, Sweet Papa - Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band (3:14)
  6. 6 Fidgety Feet - Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band (3:26)
  7. 7 London Blues - Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band (3:22)
  8. 8 Sunset Café Stomp - Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band (2:44)
  9. 9 Daddy Do - Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band (3:36)
  10. 10 Milenberg Joys - Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band (3:26)
  11. 11 Riverside Blues - Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band (3:26)
  12. 12 High Society - Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band (2:50)
  13. 13 Cake Walkin' Babies (From Home) - Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band (2:40)
  14. 14 Tiger Rag - Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band (3:01)
  15. 15 Working Man Blues - Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band (3:15)
  16. 16 Big Bear Stomp - Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band (3:29)
  17. 17 Antigua Blues - Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band (3:14)
  18. 18 Chattanooga Stomp - Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band (3:13)
  19. 19 Jazzin' Babies Blues - Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band (3:04)
  20. 20 Ory's Creole Trombone - Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band (3:00)
  21. 21 Friendless Blues - Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band (2:43)
  22. 22 Copenhagen - Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band (3:01)
  23. 23 Emperor Norton's Hunch - Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band (2:49)
  24. 24 Alcoholic Blues - Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band (3:10)
  25. 25 My Little Bimbo Down on the Bamboo Isle - Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band (3:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lu Watters Primary Artist
Turk Murphy Trombone
Wally Rose Piano
Bob Scobey Trumpet
Clancy Hayes Banjo
Bob Helm Clarinet
Bill Dart Drums
Squire Girsback Tuba
Ellis Horne Clarinet
Dick Lammi Bass, Tuba
Harry Mordecai Banjo
Pat Patten Banjo
Don Noakes Trumpet
Technical Credits
Scott Joplin Composer
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
King Oliver Composer
Kid Ory Composer
Clancy Hayes Composer
Nick LaRocca Composer
Charles Davis Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Lu Watters Composer
Louis Armstrong Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Tommy Dorsey Composer
R.J. Jones Composer
Fred Longshaw Composer
Larry Shields Composer
Peter Dempsey Liner Notes, Vinyl Transcription
Charlie Crump Vinyl Transcription
Martin Haskell Remastering
Mark Ranshaw Cover Art
Grant Clarke Composer
Porter Steele Composer
Henry Troy Composer
Kerry Mills Composer
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