In London 1919-1920 Plus the Okeh Sessions 1922-1923

In London 1919-1920 Plus the Okeh Sessions 1922-1923

by Original Dixieland Jazz Band
     
 
Originally issued on CD in 2001 and then apparently reissued several times since, this priceless recording gathers 17 sides cut by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band for various labels during a British sojourn in 1919 and 1920, along with four recorded in New York for the OKeh label in 1922 and 1923. Performing as a

Overview

Originally issued on CD in 2001 and then apparently reissued several times since, this priceless recording gathers 17 sides cut by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band for various labels during a British sojourn in 1919 and 1920, along with four recorded in New York for the OKeh label in 1922 and 1923. Performing as a quintet for the former sessions and a sextet for the latter, Nick LaRocca's ensemble made music in a style that few outside of New Orleans had heard before: syncopated like ragtime music, but featuring extended and simultaneous improvisatory soloing, it was a major new development in American dance music -- and although others had been playing what would come to be called "jass" music in New Orleans for some time, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band made the earliest recordings of this new music and were a prime mover in making it heard outside of that city. The recordings gathered here are of inestimable value not only for their musical quality (which is stellar), but also for the window they give listeners on what was actually being heard by international audiences at the moment that jazz music began to be a worldwide phenomenon. Some of the tracks here will be familiar to fans of traditional jazz: "Tiger Rag," "At the Jazz Band Ball," "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" -- these are standards. But the energy and invention with which they are played by this ensemble are nearly unmatched by any of the band's peers, and the sound quality achieved by sound restorationist John R.T. Davies for this release, though inevitably limited, is exceptional. Rarely do recordings of this much historical significance offer so much sheer listening pleasure at the same time.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/09/2011
Label:
Retrieval Records
UPC:
0608917903324
catalogNumber:
79033

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Original Dixieland Jazz Band   Primary Artist
Emile Christian   Trombone
Eddie Edwards   Trombone
Nick LaRocca   Cornet
Tony Sbarbaro   Drums,Kazoo
Larry Shields   Clarinet
Don Parker   Alto Saxophone
Bill Jones   Piano
WhoMadeWho   Piano

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Emile Christian   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Original Dixieland Jazz Band   Composer
Shelton Brooks   Composer
Chris Ellis   Producer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Brian Rust   Liner Notes
John R.T. Davies   Original Material
Max Kortlander   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Harry Tierney   Composer
Harry Da Costa   Composer
John Capes   Original Material
Jean Kenbrovin   Composer
Joseph McCarthy   Composer
John Kellette   Composer

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