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

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2005
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065902421
  • Catalog Number: 924
  • Sales rank: 103,225

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's Gonna Be a Cold, Cold Winter (So Get Another Place to Stay) - Alberta Hunter (2:55)
  2. 2 Parlor Social de Luxe - Alberta Hunter (3:06)
  3. 3 Choo Choo (Gotta Hurry Home) (3:14)
  4. 4 Rainy Nights (Rainy Days) (3:26)
  5. 5 How Come You Do Me Like You Do? - Florence Bristol (3:11)
  6. 6 I'm Gonna Hang Around My Sugar (3:02)
  7. 7 Trombone Blues (3:01)
  8. 8 Georgia Grind - Duke Ellington (2:44)
  9. 9 Parlor Social Stomp - Duke Ellington (3:11)
  10. 10 (You've Got Those) Wanna-Go-Back-Again Blues - Duke Ellington (3:20)
  11. 11 If You Can't Hold the Man You Love - Duke Ellington (3:22)
  12. 12 Animal Crackers - Duke Ellington (3:09)
  13. 13 Lil'i Farina - Duke Ellington (3:02)
  14. 14 Lucky Number Blues (3:02)
  15. 15 I'm Gonna Put You Right in Jail (3:00)
  16. 16 East St. Louis Toodle-Oo - Duke Ellington (2:54)
  17. 17 Birmingham Breakdown - Duke Ellington (2:47)
  18. 18 Immigration Blues - Duke Ellington (3:02)
  19. 19 The Creeper - Duke Ellington (2:51)
  20. 20 The Creeper - Duke Ellington (2:49)
  21. 21 New Orleans Low-Down - Duke Ellington (3:00)
  22. 22 Song of the Cotton Field - Duke Ellington (3:00)
  23. 23 Birmingham Breakdown - Duke Ellington (2:41)
  24. 24 East St. Louis Toodle-Oo - Duke Ellington (3:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1 East St. Louis Toodle-Oo - Duke Ellington (3:07)
  2. 2 Hop Head - Duke Ellington (2:58)
  3. 3 Down in Our Alley Blues (3:03)
  4. 4 Black and Tan Fantasy (3:19)
  5. 5 Soliloquy (3:09)
  6. 6 Washington Wobble - Duke Ellington (2:54)
  7. 7 Creole Love Call - Duke Ellington (3:13)
  8. 8 The Blues I Love to Sing - Duke Ellington (3:05)
  9. 9 Black and Tan Fantasie - Duke Ellington (3:09)
  10. 10 Washington Wobble - Duke Ellington (3:00)
  11. 11 What Can a Poor Fellow Do? - Duke Ellington (3:11)
  12. 12 Black and Tan Fantasy - Duke Ellington (3:16)
  13. 13 Chicago Stomp Down - Duke Ellington (2:46)
  14. 14 Harlem River Quiver (Brown Berries) - Duke Ellington (2:44)
  15. 15 East St. Louis Toodle-Oo - Duke Ellington (3:31)
  16. 16 Blue Bubbles - Duke Ellington (3:11)
  17. 17 Red Hot Band (Red Hot Brand) - Duke Ellington (2:55)
  18. 18 Doin' the Frog - Duke Ellington (3:10)
  19. 19 Sweet Mama (Papa's Gettin' Mad) (2:54)
  20. 20 Stack O'Lee Blues (2:50)
  21. 21 Bugle Call Rag (2:39)
  22. 22 Take It Easy - Duke Ellington (3:11)
  23. 23 Jubilee Stomp - Duke Ellington (2:44)
  24. 24 Harlem Twist - Duke Ellington (3:16)
Disc 3
  1. 1 East St. Louis Toodle-Oo (2:55)
  2. 2 Jubilee Stomp (2:36)
  3. 3 Take It Easy (2:39)
  4. 4 Take It Easy (2:41)
  5. 5 Jubilee Stomp (2:46)
  6. 6 Black Beauty (Firewater) (3:14)
  7. 7 Black Beauty - Duke Ellington (2:52)
  8. 8 Jubilee Stomp - Duke Ellington (2:34)
  9. 9 Got Everything But You - Duke Ellington (2:58)
  10. 10 Yellow Dog Blues - Duke Ellington (2:58)
  11. 11 Tishomingo Blues - Duke Ellington (3:00)
  12. 12 Diga Diga Doo - Duke Ellington (2:54)
  13. 13 Doin' the New Low-Down - Duke Ellington (3:08)
  14. 14 Black Beauty (3:03)
  15. 15 Swampy River (2:51)
  16. 16 The Mooche (3:14)
  17. 17 Move Over (3:06)
  18. 18 Hot and Bothered (3:18)
  19. 19 The Mooche (2:49)
  20. 20 Hot and Bothered (2:46)
  21. 21 Move Over (2:56)
  22. 22 The Mooche - Duke Ellington (3:13)
  23. 23 Louisiana - Duke Ellington (3:03)
  24. 24 Awful Sad - Duke Ellington (3:17)
Disc 4
  1. 1 The Mooche - Duke Ellington (3:33)
  2. 2 Santa Claus Bring My Man Back to Me - Duke Ellington (2:59)
  3. 3 I Done Caught You Blues - Duke Ellington (2:55)
  4. 4 I Can't Give Anything But Love - Duke Ellington (3:06)
  5. 5 No, Papa, No - Duke Ellington (3:22)
  6. 6 No, Papa, No - Duke Ellington (3:21)
  7. 7 Bandanna Babies - Duke Ellington (3:20)
  8. 8 Diga Diga Doo - Duke Ellington (2:54)
  9. 9 I Must Have That Man - Duke Ellington (3:24)
  10. 10 The Blues With a Feelin' - Duke Ellington (3:17)
  11. 11 Goin' to Town - Duke Ellington (2:59)
  12. 12 Misty Mornin' - Duke Ellington (3:20)
  13. 13 Hit Me in the Nose Blues (3:20)
  14. 14 It's All Coming Home to You (2:41)
  15. 15 St. Louis Blues - Warren Mills & His Blue Serenaders (4:14)
  16. 16 Hottentot (2:33)
  17. 17 Misty Mornin' (2:49)
  18. 18 Doin' the Voom Voom - Duke Ellington (3:10)
  19. 19 Tiger Rag, Pt. 1 - Duke Ellington (2:54)
  20. 20 Tiger Rag, Pt. 2 - Duke Ellington (2:54)
  21. 21 Flaming Youth - Duke Ellington (3:19)
  22. 22 Saturday Night Function - Duke Ellington (3:05)
  23. 23 High Life - Duke Ellington (3:08)
  24. 24 Doin' the Voom Voom - Duke Ellington (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duke Ellington Orchestra 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 Orchestra 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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