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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: 247,217

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 (2:44)
  9. 9 Parlor Social Stomp (3:11)
  10. 10 (You've Got Those) Wanna-Go-Back-Again Blues (3:20)
  11. 11 If You Can't Hold the Man You Love (3:22)
  12. 12 Animal Crackers (3:09)
  13. 13 Lil'i Farina (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 (2:54)
  17. 17 Birmingham Breakdown (2:47)
  18. 18 Immigration Blues (3:02)
  19. 19 The Creeper (2:51)
  20. 20 The Creeper (2:49)
  21. 21 New Orleans Low-Down (3:00)
  22. 22 Song of the Cotton Field (3:00)
  23. 23 Birmingham Breakdown (2:41)
  24. 24 East St. Louis Toodle-Oo (3:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1 East St. Louis Toodle-Oo (3:07)
  2. 2 Hop Head (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 (2:54)
  7. 7 Creole Love Call (3:13)
  8. 8 The Blues I Love to Sing (3:05)
  9. 9 Black and Tan Fantasie (3:09)
  10. 10 Washington Wobble (3:00)
  11. 11 What Can a Poor Fellow Do? (3:11)
  12. 12 Black and Tan Fantasy (3:16)
  13. 13 Chicago Stomp Down (2:46)
  14. 14 Harlem River Quiver (Brown Berries) (2:44)
  15. 15 East St. Louis Toodle-Oo (3:31)
  16. 16 Blue Bubbles (3:11)
  17. 17 Red Hot Band (Red Hot Brand) (2:55)
  18. 18 Doin' the Frog (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 (3:11)
  23. 23 Jubilee Stomp (2:44)
  24. 24 Harlem Twist (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 (2:52)
  8. 8 Jubilee Stomp (2:34)
  9. 9 Got Everything But You (2:58)
  10. 10 Yellow Dog Blues (2:58)
  11. 11 Tishomingo Blues (3:00)
  12. 12 Diga Diga Doo (2:54)
  13. 13 Doin' the New Low-Down (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 (3:13)
  23. 23 Louisiana (3:03)
  24. 24 Awful Sad (3:17)
Disc 4
  1. 1 The Mooche (3:33)
  2. 2 Santa Claus Bring My Man Back to Me (2:59)
  3. 3 I Done Caught You Blues (2:55)
  4. 4 I Can't Give Anything But Love (3:06)
  5. 5 No, Papa, No (3:22)
  6. 6 No, Papa, No (3:21)
  7. 7 Bandanna Babies (3:20)
  8. 8 Diga Diga Doo (2:54)
  9. 9 I Must Have That Man (3:24)
  10. 10 The Blues With a Feelin' (3:17)
  11. 11 Goin' to Town (2:59)
  12. 12 Misty Mornin' (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 (3:10)
  19. 19 Tiger Rag, Pt. 1 (2:54)
  20. 20 Tiger Rag, Pt. 2 (2:54)
  21. 21 Flaming Youth (3:19)
  22. 22 Saturday Night Function (3:05)
  23. 23 High Life (3:08)
  24. 24 Doin' the Voom Voom (3:09)
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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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