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As an encapsulation of Muggsy Spanier's lengthy career, this excellent compilation presents many of the cornetist's most important sessions in something approaching chronological sequence. The survey begins in 1924 with the Bucktown Five, a scruffy little band that included clarinetist Volly DeFaut and pianist Mel Stitzel. A slightly rarer track from 1925 features Stitzel, DeFaut, and drummer Ben Pollack with the Stomp Six. "Bullfrog Blues," a solid tromp with Frank Teschemacher on clarinet, was without a doubt the best record ever made by the Charles Pierce Orchestra. The enclosed discography misleadingly refers to Johnny Mueller's brass bass, an incongruous mistake as ...
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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
As an encapsulation of Muggsy Spanier's lengthy career, this excellent compilation presents many of the cornetist's most important sessions in something approaching chronological sequence. The survey begins in 1924 with the Bucktown Five, a scruffy little band that included clarinetist Volly DeFaut and pianist Mel Stitzel. A slightly rarer track from 1925 features Stitzel, DeFaut, and drummer Ben Pollack with the Stomp Six. "Bullfrog Blues," a solid tromp with Frank Teschemacher on clarinet, was without a doubt the best record ever made by the Charles Pierce Orchestra. The enclosed discography misleadingly refers to Johnny Mueller's brass bass, an incongruous mistake as Mueller's earthy, heavy-handed string bass playing is one of the most attractive and compelling aspects of this fine old recording. A band known variously as the Chicago Rhythm Kings, the Louisiana Rhythm Kings, or the Jungle Kings made a series of recordings in April and May of 1928. Present were Teschemacher, Mezz Mezzrow on tenor sax, pianist Joe Sullivan, banjoist Eddie Condon, and a feisty young drummer by the name of Gene Krupa. Condon sounds like Jimmy Cagney when he sings "Baby Won't You Please Come Home" and Red McKenzie periodically chortles away as if he were marinating in a steam bath. Here in the 21st century there simply aren't enough opportunities to hear the Ray Miller Orchestra. Garnished with Al Carsella's brief but juicy solo on piano accordion, this hot little group's version of "That's A-Plenty" is a delightful chapter in the saga of Muggsy Spanier. Throughout each of these historical recordings Spanier adds his own personal touches using an unforgettably gutsy, expressive tone. The hippest recording session that Ted Lewis ever presided over took place on March 6, 1931, with Spanier, Benny Goodman, and Fats Waller, who wrings the piano out and sings lustily on "Dallas Blues" and "Royal Garden Blues." Two sides by the Mound City Blue Blowers recorded in June of 1931 feature Coleman Hawkins, Jimmy Dorsey, and relatively sensible vocals by McKenzie. Whoever put this compilation together chose the four very best examples of Muggsy Spanier's Ragtime Band. "Bluin' the Blues" and the bluesy, creamy, laid-back "Relaxin' at the Touro" are masterpieces of old-fashioned jazz, as are two superb selections recorded in 1940 by Spanier and Sidney Bechet with guitarist Carmen Mastren and primal bass man Wellman Braud. Perhaps the nicest surprise of all comes in the form of two very intimate Lee Wiley vocal performances with only Spanier and Wiley's husband, pianist Jess Stacy, providing accompaniment. As if to thoroughly dispel any lingering notions of subtlety, Bob Crosby's Bobcats cough up a rude novelty with the title "You're Bound to Look Like a Monkey When You Grow Old." This wonderful tribute to Muggsy Spanier closes with two satisfying performances recorded in 1942 by his big and not-so-big bands. Here, then, is one of the best Muggsy Spanier compilations ever to have been brought before the public. And the cover photo is suitable for framing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/1994
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625510225
  • Catalog Number: 5102

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Muggsy Spanier Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Cornet, Track Performer
Eddie Condon Banjo, Vocals
Benny Goodman Clarinet
Gene Krupa Drums
Ben Pollack Drums
Fats Waller Piano, Vocals
Lee Wiley Vocals
Ray Bauduc Drums
Georg Brunis Trombone, Vocals, Track Performer, Trombone, Vocals
Joe Bushkin Piano
Hank D'Amico Clarinet
Irving Fazola Clarinet, Track Performer
Bob Haggart Bass, String Bass
Ted Lewis Leader, Vocals
Joe Sullivan Piano
Frank Teschemacher Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Leigh Kaplan Banjo, Guitar
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Red McKenzie Vocals, Comb
Wellman Braud Bass, String Bass
Sidney Bechet Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone
Jack Bland Guitar
Dave Bowman Piano, Track Performer
Vernon Brown Trombone, Track Performer
Nick Caiazza Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Don Carter Drums, Track Performer
Bob Casey Bass, String Bass
Rod Cless Clarinet
Jimmy Dorsey Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Nappy Lamare Guitar, Vocals
Jim Lanigan Bass
John Lucas Drums
Carmen Mastren Guitar
Mezz Mezzrow Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Miller Tenor Saxophone
Al Morgan Bass, String Bass
Ralph Muzillo Trumpet
Floyd O'Brien Trombone
John Smith Alto Saxophone
Jess Stacy Piano
Harry Barth Bass, String Bass
Sam Blank Trombone
Tony Gerhardi Guitar
Hymie Wolfson Tenor Saxophone
Jack Russin Piano
Frank Bruno Trumpet
Charles Pierce Alto Saxophone
Louis Martin Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Sammy Shapiro Violin
Mel Stitzel Piano
Jimmi Cannon Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Ray Miller Leader
Joe Herde Alto Saxophone
Marvin Saxbe Banjo, Guitar, Percussion
Bud Smith Trombone
Josh Billings Drums
Stuart Branch Banjo
Ken Broadhurst Guitar, Track Performer
Guy Carey Trombone
Jules Cassard Bass, String Bass
Max Connett Trumpet
Jules Fasthoff Trombone
Dick Fierge Cornet
Art Gronwall Piano
Jack Kelleher Bass, Track Performer, String Bass
Dan Lipscomb Piano
Bill Paley Drums
Dave Klein Trumpet
Johnny Mueller Bass
Al Carsella Piano-Accordion
John "BJ John" Smith Alto Saxophone
Bernie Billings Tenor Saxophone
Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall Orchestra Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Paul Kettler Drums
Joe Gish Bass
Maurice Morse Alto Saxophone
Lyle Smith Tenor Saxophone
Lloyd Wallen Trumpet
Paul Lyman Violin, Tenor Saxophone
Voltaire de Faut Clarinet
Léon Schwartz Trumpet
Technical Credits
Stanley Turrentine Composer
Lee Wiley Composer
Cootie Williams Composer
Shelton Brooks Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Jim Lanigan Brass Band
Jess Stacy Composer
Bert Williams Composer
Harry Barth Brass Band
Vic Bellerby Liner Notes
Ray Gilbert Composer
Pat Hawes Contributor
Charlie Crump Contributor
Jules Cassard Brass Band
Willard Robison Composer
Phil Boutelje Composer
Lew Pollack Composer
Sam Theard Composer
Johnny Mueller Brass Band
Lloyd Garrett Composer
Byron Gay Composer
W. Benton Overstreet Composer
Billy Rose Composer
Billy Higgins Composer
Hart A. Wand Composer
Marco H. Hellman Composer
Joe Gish Brass Band
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