Memphis Blues: The Marine Corp Transcriptions, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
During the year 1954, veteran jazz trumpeter Phil Napoleon organized a Dixieland band named after a group he led during the 1920s called the Original Memphis Five. The reconstituted Memphis Five consisted of Stan Kenton's trombonist Harry DeVito and Tommy Dorsey's clarinetist Gail Curtis, backed by pianist Johnny Varro, bassist Pete Rogers, and drummer Lou Copperman. This ensemble entertained the public at locations as varied as Nick's Restaurant in Greenwich Village and the Three Dolls Tavern in Milwaukee. The music on this collection was performed in front of Marine Corps personnel, and judging from the persistent medleys of collegiate ditties, the audience seems to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
During the year 1954, veteran jazz trumpeter Phil Napoleon organized a Dixieland band named after a group he led during the 1920s called the Original Memphis Five. The reconstituted Memphis Five consisted of Stan Kenton's trombonist Harry DeVito and Tommy Dorsey's clarinetist Gail Curtis, backed by pianist Johnny Varro, bassist Pete Rogers, and drummer Lou Copperman. This ensemble entertained the public at locations as varied as Nick's Restaurant in Greenwich Village and the Three Dolls Tavern in Milwaukee. The music on this collection was performed in front of Marine Corps personnel, and judging from the persistent medleys of collegiate ditties, the audience seems to have included quite a number of youthful recruits. The broadcast segments themselves were not very lengthy, and six of them fit onto this one CD. Some of the tunes are very brief, with only "Basin Street Blues" and Napoleon's own "Fatima" exceeding the four-minute mark. For those who know Varro's later work for the Arbors Jazz label, these long overlooked broadcast transcripts (released on LP by Take Two Records in the late '70s) may come as an intriguing treat, standing as they do at the dawn of his lengthy recording career. As for Napoleon, who cut his first records in the early '20s, his discography contains enough higher-quality studio recordings to relegate these airchecks -- rather stiffly MCed by one Dean Taylor -- to the margins of historical inquiry. Well played and plenty fun, yes, but definitely footnotes to Napoleon's other accomplishments.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/2009
  • Label: Sounds Of Yesteryear
  • EAN: 5019317070939
  • Catalog Number: 793
  • Sales rank: 322,560

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction - Memphis Five (1:34)
  2. 2 Medley: College Ouverture Songs [Medley] - Memphis Five (3:05)
  3. 3 Basin Street Blues - Memphis Five (4:09)
  4. 4 Panama - Memphis Five (2:16)
  5. 5 Tin Roof Blues - Memphis Five (1:17)
  6. 6 Commentary - Memphis Five (1:20)
  7. 7 At the Jazzband Ball - Memphis Five (3:02)
  8. 8 Memphis Blues - Memphis Five (3:34)
  9. 9 Somebody Stole My Girl - Memphis Five (2:08)
  10. 10 Commentary - Memphis Five (0:45)
  11. 11 Commentary - Memphis Five (0:31)
  12. 12 College Ouverture - Memphis Five (3:27)
  13. 13 Jada - Memphis Five (3:07)
  14. 14 Limehouse Blues - Memphis Five (2:50)
  15. 15 Commentary - Memphis Five (0:45)
  16. 16 Commentary - Memphis Five (1:09)
  17. 17 Honeysuckle Rose - Memphis Five (2:50)
  18. 18 Fatima - Memphis Five (4:16)
  19. 19 Clarinet Marmalade - Memphis Five (2:08)
  20. 20 Commentary - Memphis Five (0:45)
  21. 21 Commentary - Memphis Five (0:22)
  22. 22 Western College Ouverture - Memphis Five (2:50)
  23. 23 Black and Blue - Memphis Five (3:48)
  24. 24 Tiger Rag - Memphis Five (3:10)
  25. 25 Commentary - Memphis Five (1:53)
  26. 26 Commentary - Memphis Five (1:43)
  27. 27 Running Wild - Memphis Five (3:20)
  28. 28 Ped O' My Heart - Memphis Five (3:51)
  29. 29 I Found a New Baby - Memphis Five (2:18)
  30. 30 Tin Roof Blues - Memphis Five (1:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Phil Napoleon Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Ben Pollack Composer
Phil Napoleon Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
George Brunies Composer
Jack Palmer Composer
Leon Roppolo Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Mel Stitzel Composer
Harry Brooks Composer
Philip Braham Composer
Fred Fisher Composer
Douglas Furber Composer
Leo Wood Composer
Alfred Bryan Composer
Harry Da Costa Composer
Raymond Hubbell Composer
Edwin B. Edwards Composer
W. Melrose Composer
A. Harrington Gibbs Composer
George A. Norton Composer
Tony Spargo Composer
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