Mrs. Clinkscales to the Cotton Club, Vol. 1: 1926-1

Mrs. Clinkscales to the Cotton Club, Vol. 1: 1926-1

by Duke Ellington

JSP's first volume of chronologically presented recordings from the dawn of Duke Ellington's career bears a title that epitomizes producer John Stedman's whimsical sensibilities by utilizing the name of young Edward Kennedy Ellington's piano teacher, Mrs. Marietta Clinkscales. Here upon four compact discs are 96 classic sides dating fromSee more details below


JSP's first volume of chronologically presented recordings from the dawn of Duke Ellington's career bears a title that epitomizes producer John Stedman's whimsical sensibilities by utilizing the name of young Edward Kennedy Ellington's piano teacher, Mrs. Marietta Clinkscales. Here upon four compact discs are 96 classic sides dating from 1924-1929, including most every instrumental by the original Washingtonians and the early Duke Ellington orchestras interspersed with vaudeville blues, pop tunes, and hot jazz numbers sung by Alberta Pryme, Florence Bristol, Alberta Jones, Ozie Ware (aka Ozie McPherson), Sonny Greer, Jimmy Harrison, Evelyn Preer, Adelaide Hall, Baby Cox, Irving Mills, and the Palmer Brothers. In addition to Duke's early mainstays it is exciting to note the transitory presence and sterling contributions of trumpeter Jabbo Smith, trombonist Charlie Irvis, reedman Don Redman, and guitarist Lonnie Johnson. Most reissue labels follow Ellington's discography back no earlier than 1927, the year during which Duke's orchestra really began to achieve its signature sound. Only a few (as for example EPM Musique's 1924-1926: Birth of a Band, Vol. 1) acknowledge and explore the early regions of the wonderful strata represented here and take the time to include the true rarities. While this JSP set is a thrilling slice of primal Duke there are gaps, as in two missing sides from November 1924 by a Washingtonians offshoot band calling itself the Deacons with vocals by Jo Trent and the aforementioned Sonny Greer. The omission of these titles is regrettable, especially "Oh, How I Love My Darling," which contains a magnificent lickety-split stride piano passage by the Duke. Nevertheless and on the level, as a straight shot of early Ellington and historic Harlem entertainment, this reasonably priced, action packed compilation is hard to beat and is emphatically recommended for anyone who wants to visit and commune with the spirit of Duke Ellington by absorbing most of his earliest recorded works.

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Disc 1

  1. It's Gonna Be a Cold, Cold Winter (So Get Another Place to Stay)  - Alberta Hunter
  2. Parlor Social de Luxe  - Alberta Hunter
  3. Choo Choo (Gotta Hurry Home)
  4. Rainy Nights (Rainy Days)
  5. How Come You Do Me Like You Do?  - Florence Bristol
  6. I'm Gonna Hang Around My Sugar
  7. Trombone Blues
  8. Georgia Grind  - Duke Ellington
  9. Parlor Social Stomp  - Duke Ellington
  10. (You've Got Those) Wanna-Go-Back-Again Blues  - Duke Ellington
  11. If You Can't Hold the Man You Love  - Duke Ellington
  12. Animal Crackers  - Duke Ellington
  13. Lil'i Farina  - Duke Ellington
  14. Lucky Number Blues
  15. I'm Gonna Put You Right in Jail
  16. East St. Louis Toodle-Oo  - Duke Ellington
  17. Birmingham Breakdown  - Duke Ellington
  18. Immigration Blues  - Duke Ellington
  19. The Creeper  - Duke Ellington
  20. The Creeper  - Duke Ellington
  21. New Orleans Low-Down  - Duke Ellington
  22. Song of the Cotton Field  - Duke Ellington
  23. Birmingham Breakdown  - Duke Ellington
  24. East St. Louis Toodle-Oo  - Duke Ellington

Disc 2

  1. East St. Louis Toodle-Oo  - Duke Ellington
  2. Hop Head  - Duke Ellington
  3. Down in Our Alley Blues
  4. Black and Tan Fantasy
  5. Soliloquy
  6. Washington Wobble  - Duke Ellington
  7. Creole Love Call  - Duke Ellington
  8. The Blues I Love to Sing  - Duke Ellington
  9. Black and Tan Fantasie  - Duke Ellington
  10. Washington Wobble  - Duke Ellington
  11. What Can a Poor Fellow Do?  - Duke Ellington
  12. Black and Tan Fantasy  - Duke Ellington
  13. Chicago Stomp Down  - Duke Ellington
  14. Harlem River Quiver (Brown Berries)  - Duke Ellington
  15. East St. Louis Toodle-Oo  - Duke Ellington
  16. Blue Bubbles  - Duke Ellington
  17. Red Hot Band (Red Hot Brand)  - Duke Ellington
  18. Doin' the Frog  - Duke Ellington
  19. Sweet Mama (Papa's Gettin' Mad)
  20. Stack O'Lee Blues
  21. Bugle Call Rag
  22. Take It Easy  - Duke Ellington
  23. Jubilee Stomp  - Duke Ellington
  24. Harlem Twist  - Duke Ellington

Disc 3

  1. East St. Louis Toodle-Oo
  2. Jubilee Stomp
  3. Take It Easy
  4. Take It Easy
  5. Jubilee Stomp
  6. Black Beauty (Firewater)
  7. Black Beauty  - Duke Ellington
  8. Jubilee Stomp  - Duke Ellington
  9. Got Everything But You  - Duke Ellington
  10. Yellow Dog Blues  - Duke Ellington
  11. Tishomingo Blues  - Duke Ellington
  12. Diga Diga Doo  - Duke Ellington
  13. Doin' the New Low-Down  - Duke Ellington
  14. Black Beauty
  15. Swampy River
  16. The Mooche
  17. Move Over
  18. Hot and Bothered
  19. The Mooche
  20. Hot and Bothered
  21. Move Over
  22. The Mooche  - Duke Ellington
  23. Louisiana  - Duke Ellington
  24. Awful Sad  - Duke Ellington

Disc 4

  1. The Mooche  - Duke Ellington
  2. Santa Claus Bring My Man Back to Me  - Duke Ellington
  3. I Done Caught You Blues  - Duke Ellington
  4. I Can't Give Anything But Love  - Duke Ellington
  5. No, Papa, No  - Duke Ellington
  6. No, Papa, No  - Duke Ellington
  7. Bandanna Babies  - Duke Ellington
  8. Diga Diga Doo  - Duke Ellington
  9. I Must Have That Man  - Duke Ellington
  10. The Blues With a Feelin'  - Duke Ellington
  11. Goin' to Town  - Duke Ellington
  12. Misty Mornin'  - Duke Ellington
  13. Hit Me in the Nose Blues
  14. It's All Coming Home to You
  15. St. Louis Blues  -  Warren Mills & His Blue Serenaders
  16. Hottentot
  17. Misty Mornin'
  18. Doin' the Voom Voom  - Duke Ellington
  19. Tiger Rag, Pt. 1  - Duke Ellington
  20. Tiger Rag, Pt. 2  - Duke Ellington
  21. Flaming Youth  - Duke Ellington
  22. Saturday Night Function  - Duke Ellington
  23. High Life  - Duke Ellington
  24. Doin' the Voom Voom  - Duke Ellington

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington   Primary Artist,Piano,Soloist
Lonnie Johnson   Guitar
Johnny Hodges   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Jabbo Smith   Trumpet
Adelaide Hall   Vocals
Louis Metcalf   Trumpet
Irving Mills   Vocals
Don Redman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Bubber Miley   Trumpet,Cornet
Wellman Braud   String Bass
Sonny Greer   Chimes,Drums,Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Barney Bigard   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Rube Bloom   Alto Saxophone
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Fred Guy   Banjo
Jimmy Harrison   Trombone,Vocals
Charlie Irvis   Trombone
Rudy Jackson   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Freddy Jenkins   Trumpet
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton   Trombone
Arthur Whetsol   Trumpet
Harry White   Trombone
Baby Cox   Vocals
Otto Hardwick   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Charlie Johnson & His Orchestra   Trumpet
Alberta Jones   Vocals
Ozie Ware   Vocals
George W. Thomas   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Palmer Brothers   Vocals
Florence Bristol   Vocals,Track Performer
Edward Kennedy Ellington   Indexed Contributor

Technical Credits

James P. Johnson   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Bubber Miley   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Wellman Braud   Brass Band
Jack Pettis   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Duke Ellington   Arranger,Composer,Director
Henry Edwards   Brass Band
Sammy Fain   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Porter Grainger   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Jack Palmer   Composer
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
Arthur Whetsol   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Billy Meyers   Composer
Keith Briggs   Liner Notes
Jackie Trent   Composer
Lou Handman   Composer
Alberta Jones   Composer
H Gray   Composer
Danni Healy   Composer

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