Paramount Jazz

Paramount Jazz


Working in collaboration with archivist Joe Bussard, the amazing JSP label has made large quantities of vintage music available in beautifully remastered and surprisingly affordable four-CD sets. Breaking Out of New Orleans documents the early northern migration of Crescent City jazz bands, while Gennett Jazz and Paramount…  See more details below


Working in collaboration with archivist Joe Bussard, the amazing JSP label has made large quantities of vintage music available in beautifully remastered and surprisingly affordable four-CD sets. Breaking Out of New Orleans documents the early northern migration of Crescent City jazz bands, while Gennett Jazz and Paramount Jazz each sample the thriving Chicago music scene during the '20s. Paramount Jazz forages even wider and deeper than the Gennett set, covering the years 1921-1929 with 100 titles credited to a profoundly diverse procession of singers and instrumentalists. For every familiar name like Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Fletcher Henderson, Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters and Ida Cox, there are dozens more who are well-worth investigating, regardless of how little or how much you think you know about this kind of music. For those who are so inclined, this reservoir of historic recordings may serve as a seed bed for individualized musicological research. Lovie Austin's Blues Serenaders, for example, was both the house band for Paramount Records and an important showcase for the talents of cornetist Tommy Ladnier and clarinetist Jimmy O'Bryant. Multi-instrumentalist Boyd Senter is often branded with the word "obscure," (a term that could be taken to mean "out of sight") but his presence in several early Jelly Roll Morton ensembles seems to bring him ever so slightly forward out of the shadows. As for the Wisconsin U Skyrockets, Charlie Straight's Orchestra, the Midway Garden Orchestra and Devine's Wisconsin Roof Orchestra, these charming dance bands work nicely as stylistic counterweights in the same package as Jeanette's Synco Jazzers, Vance Dixon's Jazz Maniacs, Perry Bradford's Jazz Phools, Jasper Taylor & His State Street Boys, Preston Jackson & His Uptown Band, and Jimmy Blythe's Washboard Ragamuffins. Note that JSP has also released Paramount Masters, a survey of classic early blues, and Paramount Old Time Recordings, a tour of early white rural and hillbilly music. Each compilation in the JSP catalog is intended as both an introduction to and a celebration of the musicians and their music. None of these sets are exclusively designed or narrowly recommended for specialists and connoisseurs. The Gennett Jazz anthology's copious explanatory notes, the inclusion of well-known classic jazz recordings that most experienced early jazz lovers are sure to already own, and the absence of alternate takes are clearly in line with JSP's mission to make historic recordings accessible to anyone who wants to dive in and experience music played and heard so very long ago. The fact that the Paramount Jazz box is richly stocked with a higher percentage of rare material makes it all the more exciting and entertaining for experts and newcomers alike.

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Disc 1

  1. Mabel's Dream  - King Oliver
  2. Riverside Blues  - King Oliver
  3. Buddy Habits  -  Charlie Straight
  4. Henpecked Blues  -  Charlie Straight
  5. Piggly Wiggly Blues  -  Windy Rhythm Kings
  6. South African Blues  -  Windy Rhythm Kings
  7. Roll Morton's Steamboat Four  - Jelly Lord
  8. Steady Roll  -  Jelly Roll Morton's Stomp Kings or Jazz Kids
  9. Steppin' On The Blues  -  Lovie Austin & Her Blues Serenaders
  10. Traveling Blues  -  Lovie Austin & Her Blues Serenaders
  11. Charleston, South Carolina  -  Lovie Austin & Her Blues Serenaders
  12. Heebie Jeebies  -  Lovie Austin & Her Blues Serenaders
  13. Peepin' Blues  -  Lovie Austin & Her Blues Serenaders
  14. Chicago Mess Around  -  Lovie Austin & Her Serenaders
  15. Galion Stomp  -  Lovie Austin & Her Serenaders
  16. Rampart Street Blues  -  Lovie Austin & Her Serenaders
  17. Kentucky Man Blues  - Ida Cox
  18. Death Letter Blues  - Ida Cox
  19. Don't Blame Me  - Ida Cox
  20. Scottle Me  - Ida Cox
  21. Go Back Where You Stayed Last Right  - Viola Bartlette
  22. Tennessee Blues  - Viola Bartlette
  23. Dizzy Corners  -  Wisconsin U Skyrockets
  24. Postage Stamp  -  Wisconsin U Skyrockets
  25. Fat Mama Blue  - Boyd Senter

Disc 2

  1. Shake 'Em Up  -  Clarence Williams & His Orchestra
  2. Jingles  -  Clarence Williams & His Orchestra
  3. New Down Home Rag  -  Clarence Williams & His Orchestra
  4. Squeeze Me  -  Clarence Williams & His Orchestra
  5. Hot Lovin'  -  Barrel House Five Orchestra
  6. Mama Stayed Out  -  Barrel House Five Orchestra
  7. Good Man Blues  - Edna Taylor
  8. Jelly's Blues  - Edna Taylor
  9. Death Sting Me Blues  - Sara Martin
  10. Mistreating Man Blues  - Sara Martin
  11. High Brown Blues  - Lucille Hegamin
  12. State Street Blues  - Lucille Hegamin
  13. The Bumps  -  Jeanette & Her Synco Jazzers
  14. What's That Thing  -  Jeanette & Her Synco Jazzers
  15. Lot's O' Mama  -  Midway Garden Orchestra
  16. Sobbin' Blues  -  Midway Garden Orchestra
  17. A Good Man Is Hard To Find  - Bill Haid
  18. Doin' The Racoon  - Bill Haid
  19. Jazz Me Blues  -  Charles Pierce & His Orchestra
  20. Sister kate  -  Charles Pierce & His Orchestra
  21. Don't Pan Me  - Alberta Hunter
  22. Fogyism  - Ida Cox
  23. New St. Louis Blues  -  Devine's Wisconsin Roof Orchestra
  24. Tiger Rag  -  Devine's Wisconsin Roof Orchestra
  25. Let Your Love Come Down  - Bertha Henderson

Disc 3

  1. Black Bordered Letter  - Bertha Henderson
  2. Six Thirty Blues  - Bertha Henderson
  3. Phillips Street Stomp  -  Nelson's Paramount Serenaders
  4. Nelson Blues  -  Nelson's Paramount Serenaders
  5. New Orleans Breakdown  -  Nelson's Paramount Serenaders
  6. Coo Coo Stomp  -  Nelson's Paramount Serenaders
  7. The Wicked (Dirty) Fives  - Hannah Sylvester
  8. Brown Baby  - Ethel Waters
  9. Ain't Gonna Marry  - Ethel Waters
  10. Hop Off  -  Louisiana Stompers
  11. Rough House Blues  -  Louisiana Stompers
  12. Log Cabin Blues  - Trixie Smith
  13. Voodoo Blues  - Trixie Smith
  14. The World's Jazz Crazy And So Am I  - Trixie Smith
  15. Railroad Blues  - Trixie Smith
  16. Back O' Town Blues  -  Original Memphis Five
  17. St. Louis Gal  -  Original Memphis Five
  18. Off To Buffalo  -  Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra
  19. Swamp Blues  -  Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra
  20. Kokola Blues  - Madlyn Davis
  21. Winter Blues  - Madlyn Davis
  22. Hot And Ready  -  Richard Jones & His Jazz Wizards
  23. Its A Low Down Thing  -  Harlem Harmony Kings
  24. Hard Time Blues  -  Harlem Harmony Kings
  25. John Henry Blues  -  Harlem Harmony Kings

Disc 4

  1. Ape Man  -  Blythe's Washboard Ragamuffins
  2. Your Folks  -  Blythe's Washboard Ragamuffins
  3. Pump Tillie  -  Blythe's Sinful Five
  4. Lovin' Been Here And Gone To The Mecca  - Jimmy Blythe
  5. Mr.Freddie's Blues  - Jimmy Blythe
  6. Elzadie's Policy Blues  - Elzadie Robinson
  7. Pay Day Daddy Blues  - Elzadie Robinson
  8. Kentucky Stomp  -  Dixie Four
  9. St.Louis Man  -  Dixie Four
  10. Midnight Strutters  -  Jimmy O'Bryant & The Famous Original Washboard Band
  11. Three J Blues  -  Jimmy O'Bryant & The Famous Original Washboard Band
  12. Stepppin' On The Gas  -  Jimmy O'Bryant & The Famous Original Washboard Band
  13. Clarinet Getaway  -  Jimmy O'Bryant & The Famous Original Washboard Band
  14. Back Alley Rub  -  Jimmy O'Bryant & The Famous Original Washboard Band
  15. Shake That Thing  -  Jimmy O'Bryant & The Famous Original Washboard Band
  16. It Must Be the Blues  - Jasper Taylor
  17. Stomp Time Blues  - Jasper Taylor
  18. Crazy Quilt  -  Dixon's Jazz Maniacs
  19. My Man Just Won't Don't  -  Dixon's Jazz Maniacs
  20. Harmony Blues  - Preston Jackson
  21. It's Tight Jim  - Preston Jackson
  22. Day Break Blues  -  Perry Bradford's Jazz Phools
  23. Fade Away Blues  -  Perry Bradford's Jazz Phools
  24. Thirty Fifth Street Blues  - Jelly Roll Morton
  25. The Southern Stomps  - King Oliver

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alberta Hunter   Vocals
Sara Martin   Vocals
Buster Bailey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Ida Cox   Vocals
Johnny Dodds   Clarinet
Jelly Roll Morton   Piano,Soloist
King Oliver   Cornet
Kid Ory   Trombone
Ethel Waters   Vocals
Joe Williams   Banjo
Natty Dominique   Cornet
Phil Napoleon   Trumpet
Miff Mole   Trombone
Tiny Parham   Piano
Jimmy Blythe   Banjo,Piano,Soloist
Art Kassel   Clarinet
Don Redman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Albert Wynn   Trombone
Coleman Hawkins   Clarinet,Bass Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Ladnier   Cornet
Gus Aiken   Cornet
Ed Allen   Cornet,Vocals
Louis Armstrong   Cornet
Baby Dodds   Drums
Garvin Bushell   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Shirley Clay   Cornet
Junie C. Cobb   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Ed Cuffee   Clarinet,Trombone,Alto Saxophone
Madlyn Davis   Vocals
Charlie Dixon   Banjo
Honore Dutrey   Trombone
William Ezell   Piano
Fletcher Henderson   Piano
William Franklin   Clarinet,Trombone,Alto Saxophone
Lil Hardin   Piano
Arville Harris   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Bertha Henderson   Vocals
Preston Jackson   Trombone
Bill Johnson   String Bass
R.J. Jones   Piano
Jimmy Lytell   Clarinet
Jimmy O'Bryant   Clarinet
Frank Pasley   Banjo
Jerome Pasquall   Alto Saxophone
Elzadie Robinson   Vocals
Ikey Robinson   Banjo
Jack Roth   Drums
Elmer Schoebel   Piano
Bob Shoffner   Cornet
Frank Signorelli   Piano
Clarence Williams   Piano,Vocals
Elmer Chambers   Cornet
Charles Pierce   Alto Saxophone
Charlie Green   Trombone
W.E. Burton   Percussion,Piano,Drums,Kazoo,Vocals,Washboard
Floyd Casey   Washboard
Bob Conselman   Drums
Stump Evans   Clarinet
Eustern Woodfork   Banjo
Jesse Crump   Banjo,Piano
Lucille Hegamin   Vocals
Trixie Smith   Vocals
Hannah Sylvester   Vocals
Boyd Senter   Clarinet,Trumpet,Alto Saxophone
Artie Starks   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Stuart Branch   Banjo
George Brashear   Trombone
Guy Carey   Clarinet,Trombone,Violin,Alto Saxophone
Dan Lipscomb   Piano
Robert Price   Drums
Alfred Bell   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Lee Simmons   Piano
Clarence Harris   Alto Saxophone
Elisha Herbert   Cornet
Johnny Mueller   String Bass
George Reynolds   Piano
Alec Alexander   Trumpet
Jeanette James   Vocals
Frank Sylvano   Banjo
Benny Morton's All Stars   Trombone
Wayne Wesley Johnson   Trumpet
Vance Dixon   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Bill Haid   Banjo,Guitar
Murphy Steinberg   Cornet
Bud Aiken   Trombone
Dave Nelson & the King's Men   Cornet
Charles Altier   Cornet
Eddie Ellis   Trombone
Viola Bartlette   Vocals
Bradley Bullett   Trombone
Diana Dell   Vocals
Leo Murphy   Violin
Kaiser Marshall   Drums
Charles Allen Smith   Piano
Marcus Norman   Drums,Washboard
Maurie Bercov   Clarinet
Edgar Campbell   Clarinet
Edna Taylor   Vocals
Roy Kramer   Clarinet
John D. Mitchell   Banjo
Charlie Straight   Piano
Priscilla Stewart   Vocals
Jesse Cohen   Piano
Ben Waters   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Ralph Rudder   Tenor Saxophone
Jasper Taylor   Washboard
Jesse Barnes   Trombone

Technical Credits

Fletcher Henderson   Arranger,Director
Elmer Schoebel   Arranger,Director
Cyrus St. Clair   Brass Band
Ralph Escudero   Brass Band
Brian Rust   Source Material
Johnny Mueller   Brass Band
Bill Haid   Director
Bill Carlsen   Director
Alex Van Der Tuuk   Source Material
June Cole Orchestra   Brass Band
Charlie Straight   Director
Jesse Cohen   Director
Rick Kennedy   Source Material

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