Jazzin' the Blues, Vol. 1 (1929-1937)

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The music on this intriguing CD can be considered jazzy blues or blues-oriented jazz. The 24 performances are all quite obscure, featuring singer David Cross with Thomas' Devils, the Scare Crow (Willie Owens), Ike Smith & His Chicago Boys, Connie McLean's Rhythm Boys, and the Four Southerners (a group patterned after the Mills Brothers). The better-known sidemen include clarinetist Arnett Nelson, banjoist Ikey Robinson, bassist Bill Johnson, and cornetist Punch Miller; with the exception of the Connie McLean date (cut in New York), all of the music was recorded in either Chicago or Richmond, Indiana. Although not classic, the performances (from 1929-1930 and 1935-1937) ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The music on this intriguing CD can be considered jazzy blues or blues-oriented jazz. The 24 performances are all quite obscure, featuring singer David Cross with Thomas' Devils, the Scare Crow (Willie Owens), Ike Smith & His Chicago Boys, Connie McLean's Rhythm Boys, and the Four Southerners (a group patterned after the Mills Brothers). The better-known sidemen include clarinetist Arnett Nelson, banjoist Ikey Robinson, bassist Bill Johnson, and cornetist Punch Miller; with the exception of the Connie McLean date (cut in New York), all of the music was recorded in either Chicago or Richmond, Indiana. Although not classic, the performances (from 1929-1930 and 1935-1937) are mostly quite fun and should interest vintage blues, trad jazz, and small-group swing collectors.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/30/1995
  • Label: Document
  • UPC: 714298540727
  • Catalog Number: 5407
  • Sales rank: 359,972

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sho' Is Hot - David Cross (2:49)
  2. 2 Sho' Is Hot - David Cross (2:55)
  3. 3 Boot It Boy - David Cross (2:44)
  4. 4 That's the Way She Likes It - David Cross (2:46)
  5. 5 Then My Gal's in Town - David Cross (2:59)
  6. 6 Traveling Blues - Willie 'Scare Crow' Owens (2:55)
  7. 7 Easy Creeping Mama - Willie 'Scare Crow' Owens (3:07)
  8. 8 Want Your Ashes Hauled - Willie 'Scare Crow' Owens (2:57)
  9. 9 Shake My Tree - Willie 'Scare Crow' Owens (2:56)
  10. 10 The Scare Crow Ball - Willie 'Scare Crow' Owens (2:52)
  11. 11 Cut It Out - Willie 'Scare Crow' Owens (3:08)
  12. 12 I'm Long Gone - Willie 'Scare Crow' Owens (2:44)
  13. 13 Stop Bitin' Other Women in The Back - Willie 'Scare Crow' Owens (3:00)
  14. 14 Ornery Blues - Willie 'Scare Crow' Owens (2:28)
  15. 15 Fighting Joe Louis - Ike Smith & His Chicago Boys (2:48)
  16. 16 Chicago State Street Blues - Ike Smith & His Chicago Boys (2:47)
  17. 17 When the Breath Bids the Body Goodbye - Connie McLean's Rhythm Boys (3:05)
  18. 18 Sissy Man Blues - Connie McLean's Rhythm Boys (2:45)
  19. 19 I Can't Use That Thing - Connie McLean's Rhythm Boys (2:53)
  20. 20 You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now - Connie McLean's Rhythm Boys (2:42)
  21. 21 Rockin' My Troubles - Connie McLean's Rhythm Boys (2:43)
  22. 22 Shylock Blues - Connie McLean's Rhythm Boys (2:36)
  23. 23 Dan The Back Door Man - Four Southerners (2:28)
  24. 24 Trouble In Mind - Four Southerners (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Melrose Piano
Fred Howard Alto Saxophone
Punch Miller Cornet
Arnett Nelson Clarinet
Ikey Robinson Banjo
Ike Smith Accordion, Vocals
Cicero Thomas Trumpet
Alfred Hill Bass Saxophone
Alex Miller Drums, Vocals
David Cross Vocals
Technical Credits
Sam Hopkins Composer
Lightnin' Hopkins Composer
Johnny Parth Composer, Producer
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