Grey Gull Rarities

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
You don't have to be a collector of obscure 78 rpm platters to enjoy this remarkable gold mine of all-but-forgotten jazz and hot novelty recordings. Whereas anyone who has actually handled the original artifacts will swoon with delight as the mother lode of 27 precious musical relics gradually reveals itself in all its glory. The Grey Gull company was born in Boston back in December 1919, the brainchild of one Theodore Shaw. By 1921 Grey Gull was actively leasing phonograph masters from other firms. Which makes this a rather surprising survey for the serious collector, as only one of these selections originally came out bearing the Grey Gull label. Grey Gull, it seems, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
You don't have to be a collector of obscure 78 rpm platters to enjoy this remarkable gold mine of all-but-forgotten jazz and hot novelty recordings. Whereas anyone who has actually handled the original artifacts will swoon with delight as the mother lode of 27 precious musical relics gradually reveals itself in all its glory. The Grey Gull company was born in Boston back in December 1919, the brainchild of one Theodore Shaw. By 1921 Grey Gull was actively leasing phonograph masters from other firms. Which makes this a rather surprising survey for the serious collector, as only one of these selections originally came out bearing the Grey Gull label. Grey Gull, it seems, was primarily an all-purpose record pressing operation, which had a hand in manufacturing and distributing lateral records bearing quite a number of small-time labels. While Emerson seems to have been a main source of material, labels represented on this disc include Nadsco, Amco, Globe, Madison, Van Dyke, Phonycord, Goodson, Piccadilly, Supreme, Up-To-Date and that fabulous budget line with the futuristic name of Radiex By now, any seasoned record hound is gasping with anticipation. Everyone else should go ahead and get a hold of this disc simply to have ready access to a lot of really entertaining -- and incidentally very uncommon -- music from the 1920s. The leitmotif for the entire album and in a way for the decade itself is "Harlem's Araby," an early masterpiece of hot dance music composed by "Thomas Fats Waller." Grey Gull Rarities contains no less than three different versions of this remarkably exciting song. Perusing the discographies, one learns that most of these ensembles were positively protean as names changed with every issue. The Grey Gull House Band, for example, also appeared as the Memphis Jazzers, the Atlanta Merrymakers, the Southern Rhythm Masters, and the Atlantic Syncopators or the White Star Syncopators. Another marvelous aspect of these recordings is the number of musicians who are listed as "unknown." In fact, the "unknown" players are often the real stars. Recognizable authentic jazz personae include Thomas Morris, Porter Grainger, Tommy Dorsey, Bob Fuller, and Carl Kress. There are magnificent xylophone runs by Harry A. Yerkes' ace percussionist George Hamilton Green, a couple of surreal violinists and accordionists, and a few period vocalists, none of whom do any real damage to the proceedings. Jazz Oracle seems to specialize in the art of bringing to light amazing instrumentalists who would otherwise have languished in the shadows for the rest of time. This album showcases Mike Mosiello, a very adept novelty improvising trumpeter -- he makes his horn quack during "Wow Wow Blues" which, by the way, was also known as "Ja-Da Blues" and "Wa Da Ja Da Blues" -- and a formidable fellow by the name of Andy Sannella, who handled clarinet, alto sax, and slack key guitar with flashy, immaculate ease. In the final analysis, Jazz Oracle has delivered what must be counted among the most exciting early jazz compilations ever to have appeared on CD, or on any format since the invention of the lateral phonograph record.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2003
  • Label: Jazz Oracle
  • UPC: 620588803826
  • Catalog Number: 8038
  • Sales rank: 243,095

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Harlem's Araby (2:48)
  2. 2 Copenhagen (2:56)
  3. 3 Strut Your Jones (3:14)
  4. 4 Pepper Blues (2:41)
  5. 5 Tiger Rag (3:04)
  6. 6 St. Louis Blues - Nashville Jazzers (2:42)
  7. 7 It's Tight Like That (2:41)
  8. 8 Sweet Little Sis (2:47)
  9. 9 Sweetheart It's You (2:48)
  10. 10 Stomp Along (2:53)
  11. 11 Wow-Wow Blues (2:40)
  12. 12 St. James Infirmary (2:57)
  13. 13 The Free and Easy (2:49)
  14. 14 Dancing With Tears in My Eyes (3:09)
  15. 15 Breakin' a Leg (2:35)
  16. 16 Don't Know and Don't Care (2:47)
  17. 17 Ev'rybody Dance (2:37)
  18. 18 Miss Golden Brown (2:44)
  19. 19 In Harlem's Araby (2:39)
  20. 20 Hot Moments (2:37)
  21. 21 The Rackett (2:49)
  22. 22 The Harlem Stomp Down (2:54)
  23. 23 Happy Days Are Here Again (2:51)
  24. 24 Harlem's Araby (2:46)
  25. 25 St. Louis Blues - Nashville Jazzers (2:47)
  26. 26 The Rackett (2:48)
  27. 27 The Harlem Stomp Down (2:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carl Kress Guitar
John Cali Banjo
Tommy Dorsey Trombone
Mike Jackson Piano
Manny Klein Trumpet
Robert Lewis Trombone
Jerry White Vocals
Frank Luther Vocals
Charlie Butterfield Trombone
Thomas Morris Cornet
Charles Magnante Piano-Accordion
Smith Ballew Vocals
Vaughn DeLeath Vocals
George Hamilton Green Drums, Xylophone
Irving Kaufman Vocals
Joe Green's Novelty Orchestra Drums, Xylophone
Harry Brooks Piano
Bob Fuller Clarinet
Mike Mosiello Trumpet
Sam Speed Banjo
Claude Austin Piano
Arthur Fields Vocals
Andy Sannella Clarinet, Guitar, Alto Saxophone
Al Duffy Violin
Emerson Harper Clarinet, Oboe, Alto Saxophone
Leroy Smith Violin
Pike Davis Trumpet
Edward Beeler Drums
Frank Belt Trumpet
Jack Cox Trumpet
Harold Henson Alto Saxophone, Vocoder, String Bass
Carl Orech Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Fats Waller Composer
Frank Melrose Composer
Charles Davis Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Milton Ager Composer
Al Dubin Composer
Porter Grainger Composer
Steve Lasker Engineer
Hudson Whittaker Composer
Jack Yellen Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey Composer
Jack King Graphic Design
John R.T. Davies Producer, Remastering
Mike Mosiello Composer
Andy Sannella Composer
Colin Bray Producer
Traditional Composer
John Wilby Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Jim Prohaska Engineer
Ross Wilby Engineer
Leroy Smith Director
Joe Burke Composer
Joe Primrose Composer
Steven C. Barr Liner Notes
Laurens Hertzdahl Engineer, Liner Notes
Joel OSickey Engineer
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