Hot Jazz Violin: 1930-1940

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Violinist Hezekiah Leroy Gordon Leo "Stuff" Smith led one of the great hot swing bands of the 1930s. In 2004, the Legends of Jazz label revisited 21 episodes in the life of this remarkable individual, beginning with two Gennett recordings made in 1930 by Alphonse Trent and his orchestra, a Texas-based band which he joined while they were touring through Kentucky in 1926. For years, Smith was a mainstay of the Trent organization at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, and on the road throughout much of eastern North America including Canada. "After You've Gone" and "St. James Infirmary" are fascinating emblems of a bygone era when jazz and dance orchestras spent much of their ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Violinist Hezekiah Leroy Gordon Leo "Stuff" Smith led one of the great hot swing bands of the 1930s. In 2004, the Legends of Jazz label revisited 21 episodes in the life of this remarkable individual, beginning with two Gennett recordings made in 1930 by Alphonse Trent and his orchestra, a Texas-based band which he joined while they were touring through Kentucky in 1926. For years, Smith was a mainstay of the Trent organization at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, and on the road throughout much of eastern North America including Canada. "After You've Gone" and "St. James Infirmary" are fascinating emblems of a bygone era when jazz and dance orchestras spent much of their time on the road between one-night engagements. Smith's colleagues in the Trent orchestra included trumpeters Peanuts Holland and Irving Mouse Randolph, trombonist Snub Mosley, and legendary southwestern percussionist A.G. Godley. Ultimately, Stuff quit the band in Syracuse and settled in Boston where he formed his own group, which featured trumpeter Jonah Jones. Their most joyously decadent numbers "Old Joe's Hittin' the Jug," "You'se a Viper," and "Here Comes the Man with the Jive," resurfaced on various drug-and-naughtiness-themed collections released by the Stash record label during the '70s. Smith's yodeling vocal on "Old Joe's Hittin' the Jug" is one of the highlights of his career, and of prewar jazz vocalizing in general. This entertaining collection combines selected examples of his Vocalion, Decca, and Variety recordings dating from the years 1936-1940. Cozy Cole did most of the drumming, and you'll want to listen for guitarist Bernard Addison on tracks 16-19. Stuff Smith made great music up until his passing in 1965. Hot Jazz Violin may serve as an excellent introductory taste. His later recordings are equally exciting and have the added advantage of extended playing time, during which he was able to stretch out and take longer solos.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2004
  • Label: Jazz Legends
  • UPC: 723724568921
  • Catalog Number: 1013

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stuff Smith Primary Artist, Violin, Vocals
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Jonah Jones Trumpet, Vocals
Cozy Cole Drums
Bernard Addison Guitar
Sam Allen Piano
A.G. Godley Drums
Clyde Hart Piano
Peanuts Holland Trumpet
George Hudson Trumpet
Snub Mosley Trombone
Irving "Mouse" Randolph Trumpet
Lee Hilliard Alto Saxophone
Mack Walker Bass, Double Bass
John Washington Drums
Bobby Bennett Guitar
Alphonse Trent Piano
Raymond Smith Piano
John Brown Bass
Eric Henry Piano
James Jeter Alto Saxophone
Eugene Crooke Banjo, Guitar
Chester Clark Trumpet
James Sherman Piano
George Clark Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Henry Creamer Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Roger Kahn Composer
Turner Layton Composer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Stuff Smith Composer
George Whiting Composer
Joseph Meyer Composer
Scott Yanow Liner Notes
J. Palmer Composer
Reginald Foresythe Composer
Edgar Leslie Composer
Bob Rothberg Composer
Hezekiah Leroy Gordon Smith Composer
Harry Stride Composer
Traditional Composer
Joe Burke Composer
Steve Pringle Remastering
Wm. D. Tennant Executive Producer
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