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

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/28/2006
  • Label: Dust To Digital
  • UPC: 880226000424
  • Catalog Number: 4
  • Sales rank: 45,449


Disc 1
  1. 1 Milenberg Joys - Ted Lewis & His Band (2:50)
  2. 2 Dinah - Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra (3:06)
  3. 3 Black Bottom Stomp - Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers (3:13)
  4. 4 My Pretty Girl - Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra (2:42)
  5. 5 Wash-Board Cut Out - Leecan Bobbie Need-More Band (2:57)
  6. 6 Bogalusa Strut - Sam Morgan's Jazz Band (2:59)
  7. 7 Down by the Riverside - Sam Morgan's Jazz Band (3:12)
  8. 8 Bull Frog Blues - Charles Pierce and His Orchestra (2:53)
  9. 9 China Boy - Charles Pierce and His Orchestra (2:23)
  10. 10 Voice of the Southland - Thelma Terry & Her Playboys (2:35)
  11. 11 Mama's Gone, Goodbye - Thelma Terry & Her Playboys (3:09)
  12. 12 I'd Like to Go Back to That Old Pal of Mine - The Halfway House Orchestra (2:59)
  13. 13 Goose Creek-Stomp - Mart Britt & His Orchestra (2:40)
  14. 14 Waiting for a Train - Jimmie Rodgers (2:48)
  15. 15 Texas and Pacific Blues - Frenchy's String Band (3:08)
  16. 16 So Tired - Coley Jones (3:17)
  17. 17 Freeze and Melt - Joe Turner (2:53)
  18. 18 Hot Heels - Eddie Lang & His Orchestra (3:02)
  19. 19 Beggar's Blues - Sonny Greer (3:20)
  20. 20 Where the Sweet Magnolias Bloom - Taylor Griggs Louisiana Melody Makers (2:40)
  21. 21 Sens Unique S.V.P. - L'Orchestra Antillais (2:27)
  22. 22 Squabblin' - Walter Page's Blue Devils (3:04)
  23. 23 Duet Stomp - Jones & Collins Astoria Hot Eight (2:54)
  24. 24 Poor Li'l Me - Luis Russell & His Orchestra (3:23)
  25. 25 Panama - Luis Russell & His Orchestra (3:18)
  26. 26 Chinatown, My Chinatown - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra (3:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Chances Are - Jack Teagarden & His Orchestra (3:13)
  2. 2 Tiger Tom Kill Tiger Cat, Damblay, Santapie and Rat - Wilmoth Houdini (2:46)
  3. 3 Depression-Paseo - Lionel Belasco (2:53)
  4. 4 Who's Sorry Now? - Harlem Hot Shots (3:02)
  5. 5 Shag - The New Orleans Feetwarmers (3:05)
  6. 6 My! Oh, My! - Eddie South & His orchestra (3:06)
  7. 7 Baby, Are You Satidfied - Dicky Wells' Shim Shammers (3:29)
  8. 8 Tex's Dance - The Prairie Ramblers (2:34)
  9. 9 Brownie's Stomp - Milton Brown & His Brownies (2:56)
  10. 10 Rig Cutter Swing - Henry Allen & His Orchestra (2:41)
  11. 11 The Stuff Is Here and It's Mellow - Eva Taylor (2:34)
  12. 12 Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wa-I (A Hawaiian War Song) - Andy Iona (2:43)
  13. 13 Dr. Watson and Mr. Holmes - Spirits of Rhythm (2:32)
  14. 14 Bugle Call Rag - Candy & Coco (2:56)
  15. 15 Good Morning, Judge - Carl Martin (2:51)
  16. 16 The Dozen - State Street Boys (3:03)
  17. 17 Don't 'Low - Washboard Sam (3:11)
  18. 18 Rug Cutter's Function - Lil Johnson (3:08)
  19. 19 Yes Sir, That's My Baby - Roy Acuff & His Crazy Tennesseans (2:50)
  20. 20 Deep Blue Melody - Don Albert (3:04)
  21. 21 White Heat - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:43)
  22. 22 Tired of Me - The Crystal Springs Ramblers (2:30)
  23. 23 Pagin' the Devil - Kansas City Six (2:56)
  24. 24 Liza, Pull Down the Shades - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:17)
  25. 25 Pluckin' the Bass - Cab Calloway & His Orchestra (2:43)
  26. 26 Cliumaz Rag - Jelly Roll Morton (2:28)
  27. 27 Sepia Panorama (Night House) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:43)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Kentucky Stomp - Dixie Four (2:26)
  2. 2 Saint Louis Man - Dixie Four (2:27)
  3. 3 Endurance Stomp - State Street Ramblers (2:48)
  4. 4 Tuxedo Stomp - State Street Ramblers (3:00)
  5. 5 Brown Skin Mama - State Street Ramblers (2:41)
  6. 6 St. Louis Nightmare - State Street Ramblers (2:57)
  7. 7 Tell Me Cutie - State Street Ramblers (2:49)
  8. 8 Some Day You'll Know - State Street Ramblers (2:48)
  9. 9 Endurance Stomp - J.C. Cobb & His Grains of Corn (2:35)
  10. 10 Shake Your Shimmy - Midnight Rounders (3:03)
  11. 11 Bull Fiddle Rag - Midnight Rounders (3:26)
  12. 12 Shake That Jelly Roll - J.C. Cobb & His Grains of Corn (2:59)
  13. 13 Don't Cry, Honey - J.C. Cobb & His Grains of Corn (3:17)
  14. 14 My Four Reasons - Ikey Robinson & His Band (2:53)
  15. 15 He's Got His Eyes on You - Rev. D.C. Rice & His Sanctified Congregation (2:55)
  16. 16 I'm in the Battlefield for My Lord - Rev. D.C. Rice & His Sanctified Congregation (3:17)
  17. 17 She's Coming 'Round the Mountain - Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers (2:56)
  18. 18 I'm Pressing On - Rev. D.C. Rice & His Sanctified Congregation (2:49)
  19. 19 No Night There - Rev. D.C. Rice & His Sanctified Congregation (3:03)
  20. 20 I Ain't Gonna Do It No More - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (2:49)
  21. 21 Pratt City Blues - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (2:46)
  22. 22 Get the "L" on Down the Road - Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band (2:57)
  23. 23 Don't Drink It in Here - Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band (2:53)
  24. 24 I Wonder Where My Easy Rider's Gone - Tampa Red's Hokum Jug Band (2:49)
  25. 25 Come on Mama Do That Dance - Tampa Red's Hokum Jug Band (2:51)
  26. 26 Bull Fiddle Rag - Midnight Rounders (3:07)
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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 Jr. 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
George Brunies 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
Al 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
De Priest Wheeler Trombone
Arthur Whetsol Trumpet
Clarence Williams Leader
Bob Wills 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 Jr. 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 Jr. 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
Al 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
The 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
Michael Graves Mastering
Steven Lance Ledbetter Producer
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