How Low Can You Go? Anthology of the String Bass (1925-1941) [Box Set]

How Low Can You Go? Anthology of the String Bass (1925-1941) [Box Set]

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This three-disc, 79-track box set of vintage string bass sides recorded between 1925 and 1941 from Atlanta's marvelous Dust-to-Digital folks can be listened to in a couple of different ways. It works as a survey of 78-rpm era bass players, certainly, including cuts from Bill Johnson, Walter Page, …  See more details below


This three-disc, 79-track box set of vintage string bass sides recorded between 1925 and 1941 from Atlanta's marvelous Dust-to-Digital folks can be listened to in a couple of different ways. It works as a survey of 78-rpm era bass players, certainly, including cuts from Bill Johnson, Walter Page, Al Morgan, and many others, but due to its wide-ranging inclusion of jazz, swing, blues, country, jug band, Western swing, and gospel material, it can also work as a wonderfully upbeat set of vintage American roots music, and one doesn't necessarily need to be a string bass player or music historian to get into it. It isn't a collection of bass solos, either, although there are plenty of those scattered through the tunes, but is rather a look at how this instrument was used in a wide variety of settings. Among the high points are "Dinah" by Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra, a funky "Bull Frog Blues" by Charles Pierce & His Orchestra, a blistering "Tex's Dance" from the Prairie Ramblers, a delightfully loose version of "Mama Don't Allow" called "Don't 'Low" from Washboard Sam, and two takes by the Midnight Rounders of "Bull Fiddle Rag." Fun from start to finish, How Low Can You Go? is like a great cross-genre American barn dance in a box. Another great set from Dust-to-Digital.

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Release Date:
Dust To Digital


Disc 1

  1. Milenberg Joys  -  Ted Lewis & His Band
  2. Dinah  -  Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra
  3. Black Bottom Stomp  -  Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers
  4. My Pretty Girl  -  Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra
  5. Wash-Board Cut Out  -  Leecan Bobbie Need-More Band
  6. Bogalusa Strut  -  Sam Morgan's Jazz Band
  7. Down by the Riverside  -  Sam Morgan's Jazz Band
  8. Bull Frog Blues  -  Charles Pierce and His Orchestra
  9. China Boy  -  Charles Pierce and His Orchestra
  10. Voice of the Southland  -  Thelma Terry & Her Playboys
  11. Mama's Gone, Goodbye  -  Thelma Terry & Her Playboys
  12. I'd Like to Go Back to That Old Pal of Mine  -  Halfway House Orchestra
  13. Goose Creek-Stomp  -  Mart Britt & His Orchestra
  14. Waiting for a Train  - Jimmie Rodgers
  15. Texas and Pacific Blues  -  Frenchy's String Band
  16. So Tired  - Coley Jones
  17. Freeze and Melt  - Joe Turner
  18. Hot Heels  -  Eddie Lang & His Orchestra
  19. Beggar's Blues  - Sonny Greer
  20. Where the Sweet Magnolias Bloom  -  Taylor Griggs Louisiana Melody Makers
  21. Sens Unique S.V.P.  -  L'Orchestra Antillais
  22. Squabblin'  -  Walter Page's Blue Devils
  23. Duet Stomp  -  Jones & Collins Astoria Hot Eight
  24. Poor Li'l Me  -  Luis Russell & His Orchestra
  25. Panama  -  Luis Russell & His Orchestra
  26. Chinatown, My Chinatown  -  Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra

Disc 2

  1. Chances Are  -  Jack Teagarden & His Orchestra
  2. Tiger Tom Kill Tiger Cat, Damblay, Santapie and Rat  - Wilmoth Houdini
  3. Depression-Paseo  - Lionel Belasco
  4. Who's Sorry Now?  -  Harlem Hot Shots
  5. Shag  -  New Orleans Feetwarmers
  6. My! Oh, My!  -  Eddie South & His orchestra
  7. Baby, Are You Satidfied  -  Dicky Wells' Shim Shammers
  8. Tex's Dance  -  Prairie Ramblers
  9. Brownie's Stomp  -  Milton Brown & His Brownies
  10. Rig Cutter Swing  -  Henry Allen & His Orchestra
  11. The Stuff Is Here and It's Mellow  - Eva Taylor
  12. Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wa-I (A Hawaiian War Song)  - Andy Iona
  13. Dr. Watson and Mr. Holmes  -  Spirits of Rhythm
  14. Bugle Call Rag  -  Candy & Coco
  15. Good Morning, Judge  - Carl Martin
  16. The Dozen  -  State Street Boys
  17. Don't 'Low  - Washboard Sam
  18. Rug Cutter's Function  - Lil Johnson
  19. Yes Sir, That's My Baby  -  Roy Acuff & His Crazy Tennesseans
  20. Deep Blue Melody  - Don Albert
  21. White Heat  - Bob Wills
  22. Tired of Me  -  Crystal Springs Ramblers
  23. Pagin' the Devil  -  Kansas City Six
  24. Liza, Pull Down the Shades  - Bob Wills
  25. Pluckin' the Bass  -  Cab Calloway & His Orchestra
  26. Cliumaz Rag  - Jelly Roll Morton
  27. Sepia Panorama (Night House)  -  Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

Disc 3

  1. Kentucky Stomp  -  Dixie Four
  2. Saint Louis Man  -  Dixie Four
  3. Endurance Stomp  -  State Street Ramblers
  4. Tuxedo Stomp  -  State Street Ramblers
  5. Brown Skin Mama  -  State Street Ramblers
  6. St. Louis Nightmare  -  State Street Ramblers
  7. Tell Me Cutie  -  State Street Ramblers
  8. Some Day You'll Know  -  State Street Ramblers
  9. Endurance Stomp  -  J.C. Cobb & His Grains of Corn
  10. Shake Your Shimmy  -  Midnight Rounders
  11. Bull Fiddle Rag  -  Midnight Rounders
  12. Shake That Jelly Roll  -  J.C. Cobb & His Grains of Corn
  13. Don't Cry, Honey  -  J.C. Cobb & His Grains of Corn
  14. My Four Reasons  -  Ikey Robinson & His Band
  15. He's Got His Eyes on You  -  Rev. D.C. Rice & His Sanctified Congregation
  16. I'm in the Battlefield for My Lord  -  Rev. D.C. Rice & His Sanctified Congregation
  17. She's Coming 'Round the Mountain  -  Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers
  18. I'm Pressing On  -  Rev. D.C. Rice & His Sanctified Congregation
  19. No Night There  -  Rev. D.C. Rice & His Sanctified Congregation
  20. I Ain't Gonna Do It No More  - Bertha "Chippie" Hill
  21. Pratt City Blues  - Bertha "Chippie" Hill
  22. Get the "L" on Down the Road  -  Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band
  23. Don't Drink It in Here  -  Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band
  24. I Wonder Where My Easy Rider's Gone  - Tampa Red's Hokum Jug Band
  25. Come on Mama Do That Dance  - Tampa Red's Hokum Jug Band
  26. Bull Fiddle Rag  -  Midnight Rounders

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Guitar
Georgia Tom   Piano
Lloyd Glenn   Piano
Johnnie Lee Wills   Tenor Banjo
Henry "Red" Allen   Trumpet
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Paul Barbarin   Drums
Danny Barker   Guitar
Chu Berry   Tenor Saxophone
Steve Brown   Bass
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Eddie Condon   Banjo
Sidney DeParis   Trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Jo Jones   Drums
John Kirby   Bass
Gene Krupa   Drums
Jelly Roll Morton   Piano
Ray Nance   Trumpet
Albert Nicholas   Clarinet,Saxophone
Kid Ory   Trombone
Pee Wee Russell   Clarinet,Reeds,Tenor Saxophone
Eddie South   Violin,Vocals
Muggsy Spanier   Cornet
Rex Stewart   Trumpet,Cornet
Jack Teagarden   Trombone,Vocals
Joe Venuti   Violin
Fats Waller   Piano
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Luis Russell   Piano
Lester Young   Clarinet
Alvin Alcorn   Trumpet
Cozy Cole   Drums
Monk Hazel   Drums
Horace Henderson   Piano
Ted Lewis   Clarinet
Chink Martin   Bass
Jim Robinson   Trombone
Zutty Singleton   Drums
Joe Sullivan   Piano
Charlie Teagarden   Trumpet
Frank Teschemacher   Clarinet
Frankie Trumbauer   Reeds
Jimmy Blythe   Piano
Tampa Red   Kazoo,Jug,Dialogue
Leon McAuliffe   Steel Guitar
James Robinson   Trombone
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny St. Cyr   Banjo
Roy Smeck   Guitar
Milton Brown   Leader
Cliff C. Jones   Drums
Link Davis   Fiddle,Vocals
Sidney Brown   Bass,Vocals
Carl Martin   Guitar,Vocals
Teddy Bunn   Guitar
Wellman Braud   Bass
Sonny Greer   Chimes,Drums
Walter Page   Bass,Baritone Saxophone,String Bass
Roy Campbell   Banjo
Tommy Ladnier   Trumpet
Ed Allen   Cornet
Herman Arnspiger   Guitar
Sidney Arodin   Clarinet,tin whistle
Jesse Ashlock   Fiddle
Gene Austin   Piano
Billy Banks   Vocals
Everett Barksdale   Guitar
Mario Bauzá   Trumpet
Sidney Bechet   Soprano Saxophone
Bix Beiderbecke   Cornet
Benny Carter   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Artie Bernstein   Bass
Jimmy Bertrand   Drums
Barney Bigard   Clarinet
Jack Bland   Guitar
Georg Brunis   Trombone
Dean Bryan   Guitar
Alvin Burroughs   Drums
Happy Caldwell   Tenor Saxophone
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Doc Cheatham   Trumpet
Junie C. Cobb   Clarinet,Violin,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Lee Collins   Trumpet
Douglas Daniels   Vocals,tiple
Wilbur Daniels   Vocals,tiple
Ray DeGeer   Clarinet,Saxophone
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Reeds
Tommy Dorsey   Trombone,Trumpet
Eddie Dougherty   Drums
Duke Ellington   Piano
Hank Duncan   Piano
Eddie Durham   Electric Guitar
Fletcher Henderson   Piano
Pops Foster   Bass
Richard "Dick" Fullbright   Bass
Fred Guy   Banjo,Guitar
Jimmy Harrison   Trombone
J.C. Higginbotham   Trombone
Andrew Hilaire   Drums
Teddy Hill   Tenor Saxophone
Milt Hinton   Bass
Clarence Holiday   Guitar
Charlie Holmes   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Fletcher Jackson   Vocals
Heywood Jackson   Kazoo,Vocal Harmony
Hilton Jefferson   Alto Saxophone
Freddy Jenkins   Trumpet
Bill Johnson   Bass,Dialogue
Keg Johnson   Trombone
Sleepy Johnson   Fiddle
Claude Jones   Trombone
Coley Jones   Mandolin,Vocals
Stan King   Drums
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Nappy Lamare   Guitar
John Lindsay   Bass
Red Long   Piano
John Lucas   Drums
Lawrence Lucie   Guitar
Wilson Myers   Bass,Vocals
Punch Miller   Cornet
Cyril Monrose   Violin
Chauncey Morehouse   Drums
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton   Trombone
Teddy Nixon   Trombone
Floyd O'Brien   Trombone
Hot Lips Page   Trumpet
Benny Payne   Piano
Danny Polo   Reeds
Theodore Purnell   Alto Saxophone
Howdy Quicksell   Banjo
Bill Rank   Trombone
Dick Reynolds   Piano
James Rikard   Clarinet
Ikey Robinson   Banjo,Guitar (Tenor)
Washboard Sam   Vocals,Washboard
Emanuel Sayles   Banjo
Arthur Schutt   Piano
Cecil Scott   Clarinet
Eldon Shamblin   Guitar
Omer Simeon   Clarinet
Willie "The Lion" Smith   Piano
Everett Stover   Trumpet
Stricklin   Piano
Joe Strode   Drums
Harold Taylor   Alto Saxophone
Walter Thomas   Tenor Saxophone
Juan Tizol   Valve Trombone
Fred Voorhees   Guitar
Greely Walton   Tenor Saxophone
Leo Watson   Vocals,tiple
Kenny Watts   Piano
John Westbrook   Steel Guitar
Priest Wheeler   Trombone
Arthur Whetsol   Trumpet
Clarence Williams   Leader
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Hollers
Milton Lane   Kazoo
J.B. Brinkley   Guitar
Cecil Brower   Fiddle
Joe Holley   Fiddle
Ocie Stockard   Tenor Banjo
Harry Barth   Bass
Lionel Belasco   Piano
Sterling Bose   Trumpet
Derwood Brown   Guitar
Fred "Papa" Calhoun   Piano
Joe Catalyne   Reeds
Wanna Coffman   Bass
Robert Cooksey   Harmonica
Jesse Cryor   Vocals
Morris Deason   Guitar
Earl Driver   Alto Saxophone
Max Farley   Reeds
Tony Gerhardi   Banjo
Chick Hurt   Tenor Banjo
Wallace Jones   Trumpet
Son Lansford   Bass
Alfred Martin   Mandolin
Virgil Scroggins   Drums,Vocals
Joe Tarto   Bass
Spiegle Willcox   Trombone
Fuzzy Farrar   Trumpet
Itzy Riskin   Piano
Doc Ryker   Reeds
Buddy Burton   Piano
Charles Pierce   Alto Saxophone
Elmer James   Bass
Floyd Casey   Drums
Smokey Dacus   Drums
Zeb McNally   Alto Saxophone
Eustern Woodfork   Banjo
Tex Atchison   Fiddle
Andrew Brown   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Johnny Davis   Banjo
Loren Mitchell   Piano
Terry Shand   Piano
Joe Bishop   Bass
Jess Easterday   Guitar
Walter Kahn   Cornet
Walter Johnson   Drums
Lammar Wright   Trumpet
Ray Lodwig   Trumpet
Leo McConville   Trumpet
Bobby Stark   Trumpet
Harvey Boone   Alto Saxophone
Otto Hardwick   Alto Saxophone
Stuart Branch   Banjo
Candy Candido   Bass
Hiram Harding   Trumpet
Andy Iona   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Bud Jacobson   Reeds
Frank Jacquet   Trombone
Dan Lipscomb   Piano
Alexandre Stellio   Clarinet
Red Fox Stewart   Trombone
Don Murray   Reeds
Dave Klein   Cornet
Charlie Washington   Piano
Ted Manning   Alto Saxophone
Danny Stewart   Steel Guitar,Vocals
Johnny Mueller   Bass
Sam Koki   Bass
Albert Brunies   Cornet,Leader
Angelo Fernandez   Clarinet
Allen Kila   Guitar,Vocals
Albert Martin   Drums
Andrew Morgan   Reeds,Vocals
Chauncey Houghton   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Robert Waugh   Fiddle
James Simpson   Trumpet
Louis Cottrell   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Jack "Happy Jack" Taylor   Bass
Thelma Terry   Bass
Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon & Punches Delegates of Pleasure   Vocals
Eddie Johnson's Crackerjacks   Kazoo,Vocal Harmony
Roland Armstrong   Bass
Joe Ferguson   Bass
Paul Kettler   Drums
Percy Darensbourg   Banjo
Lawrence D. Brown   Trombone
Johnny Mendel   Trumpet
Ferdinand Dejan   Guitar
Alex "Charlie Brown" Hill   Piano
Earl Fouche   Reeds
William Barbee   Piano
Morgan   Bass,Vocals
Billy Douglas   Trumpet
Joe Loyacano   Alto Saxophone
Bill Otto   Piano
Alton Meeks "Al" Stricklin   Piano
Eddie Edinborough   Washboard
Fred "Rodriguez" Robinson   Trombone
Russell Smith Orchestra   Trumpet
Sam Morgan   Cornet,Vocals
Joseph Robichaux & His New Orleans Rhythm Boys   Piano
Ernest Léardée   Violin
O.C. Blacher   Piano
Victor Collat   Bass
Dick Feige   Cornet
Henry Galloway   Guitar
Benny Guzzaroo   Clarinet

Technical Credits

Lloyd Glenn   Arranger
James Brown   Author
Eddie Dean   Liner Notes,Essay
Bill Challis   Arranger
Richard K. Spottswood   Producer,Annotation,Essay
Peter Laughner   Author
John Nesbitt   Arranger
Russ Morgan & His Orchestra   Arranger
Sam Koki   Vocal Treatments
Susan Archie   Art Direction
Steven Lance Ledbetter   Producer

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