Hot Comb & Tin Can

Hot Comb & Tin Can

by The Mound City Blue Blowers
     
 
In 1924, one of the most unlikely and successful novelty groups was the Mound City Blue Blowers, a trio comprised of Red McKenzie on comb (blowing into tissue paper wrapped around his "instrument"), Dick Slevin on kazoo, and banjoist Jack Bland. Their first recordings, "Arkansas Blues" and "Blue Blues," actually sold a million copies.

Overview

In 1924, one of the most unlikely and successful novelty groups was the Mound City Blue Blowers, a trio comprised of Red McKenzie on comb (blowing into tissue paper wrapped around his "instrument"), Dick Slevin on kazoo, and banjoist Jack Bland. Their first recordings, "Arkansas Blues" and "Blue Blues," actually sold a million copies. McKenzie, who eventually became a ballad singer, recorded with the Mound City Blue Blowers into the 1930s (greatly augmenting and changing the personnel) and also led his "Candy Kids." Twenty-six of his best recordings from 1924-1931, roughly half of his output, is available on Hot Comb & Tin Can. In addition to the basic trio, Frank Trumbauer guests on C-melody sax for two numbers, and there are significant appearances by guitarist Eddie Lang, violinist Joe Venuti, and all-star groups that include trombonists Jack Teagarden and Glenn Miller, pianist Fats Waller, clarinetist Pee Wee Russell, and both Coleman Hawkins and Bud Freeman on tenors. Of the studio recordings, the date that resulted in "Hello Lola" (a hot number that has Miller's finest trombone solo ever) and "One Hour" (highlighted by a classic ballad statement from Hawkins) is most memorable. A special bonus of this CD is the inclusion of three numbers ("St. Louis Blues," "I Ain't Got Nobody," and "My Gal Sal") that are taken from rare Vitaphone short films filmed during 1929-1930. Although this CD is not the complete Mound City Blue Blowers, it is pretty definitive and well worth picking up by collectors of early jazz.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/19/2005
Label:
Vintage Music Prod.
UPC:
0820215015121
catalogNumber:
151

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mound City Blue Blowers   Primary Artist
Eddie Condon   Guitar
Bud Freeman   Tenor Saxophone
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Gene Krupa   Drums
Eddie Lang   Guitar
Pee Wee Russell   Clarinet
Muggsy Spanier   Cornet
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Joe Venuti   Violin
Fats Waller   Piano
Carl Kress   Guitar
Frankie Trumbauer   C-Melody Saxophone
Coleman Hawkins   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jack Bland   Banjo,Guitar
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Pops Foster   String Bass
Jack Russin   Piano
Joe Humby   Guitar,Vocals
Dick Slevin   Kazoo
Josh Billings   Percussion,Drums
Bruce Yantis   Violin
Glenn McGaha Miller   Trombone

Technical Credits

W.C. Handy   Composer
Paul Burgess   Label Design
Jeff Hopkins   Liner Notes,Label Design

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