Stomping at the Savoy [Box Set]

Stomping at the Savoy [Box Set]

by Chick Webb & His Orchestra

Released in 1996, Proper Box 97 contains 99 sides recorded under the leadership of master drummer Chick Webb beginning with the session of March 30, 1931 and ending with a recording made live at the Southland Cafe in Boston on May 4, 1939, a little over a month before he succumbed to spinal tuberculosis at the tender age of 30 (his last words being: "I'm sorry -- I…  See more details below


Released in 1996, Proper Box 97 contains 99 sides recorded under the leadership of master drummer Chick Webb beginning with the session of March 30, 1931 and ending with a recording made live at the Southland Cafe in Boston on May 4, 1939, a little over a month before he succumbed to spinal tuberculosis at the tender age of 30 (his last words being: "I'm sorry -- I gotta go!"). While this is an excellent, mostly thorough and chronologically presented history of Webb's brief reign as one of the nation's top swing band leaders, it fails to include two wonderful titles from 1929 ("Dog Bottom" and "Jungle Mama") that act as a tidy prelude to the rest of his works and have managed to make it onto other worthwhile Webb retrospectives. Why the folks at Proper omitted these precious early examples is a mystery. It's not for lack of room -- and if they needed a couple of minutes they could easily have jettisoned one or two of the Ella Fitzgerald novelties: "Chew, Chew, Chew Your Bubble Gum," for instance, does not exactly constitute an essential Chick Webb recording. Apparently the presence of alto saxophonist and future rhythm & blues archetype Louis Jordan on those 1929 sides wasn't reason enough to include them here. Aside from this unfortunate and irresponsible lapse in discographical vigilance, Proper has successfully marshaled together most of Webb's best work as leader of his big band and of a quintet billed as "Chick Webb and his Little Chicks." During this eight year period, Webb's ensembles fairly boiled over with talented, and in some cases now overlooked, artists. The trumpet section positively seethed with Shelton Hemphill, Louis Bacon, Mario Bauzá, Bobby Stark, Dick Vance, and Taft Jordan, who was also an accomplished Louis Armstrong-inspired vocalist. Among the trombonists were Jimmy Harrison, Claude Jones, and Sandy Williams. Webb's reedmen included Edgar Sampson (ace arranger and composer of such swing essentials as "Blue Lou," "Don't Be That Way," "If Dreams Come True," "Lullaby in Rhythm," and "Stompin' at the Savoy"); Benny Carter, Hilton Jefferson, Chauncey Haughton, Garvin Bushell, Wayman Carver (a tenor saxophonist whose flute solos with Webb constitute some of the earliest recorded instances of this instrument finding its way into the jazz mainstream), Ted McRae and the aforementioned Louis Jordan, who rejoined Webb's orchestra after Sampson exited in 1936. This list only skims the dramatis personae of Proper's intensive tribute to the great Chick Webb and his aspiring vocalist, Ella Fitzgerald. Seeing as the producers of the Classics Chronological Series handled these recordings but divvied them up between their Webb and Fitzgerald collections, it's nice to have most of Webb's legacy stashed within one box, albeit minus the 1929 recordings. The only other complaint to level at this particular set is the cover illustration. Based upon a period caricature of Webb that was displayed on the front of his bass drum, it is unflattering and somewhat grotesque. William Henry Webb, as evidenced by a close-up studio portrait, was a handsome and intelligent-looking individual. By comparison the leering cartoon used on Proper's packaging comes across as distorted and undignified.

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Disc 1

  1. Heebie Jeebies
  2. Blues in My Heart
  3. Soft and Sweet
  4. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  5. Darktown Strutters' Ball
  6. If Dreams Come True
  7. Let's Get Together
  8. I Can't Dance (I Got Ants in My Pants)
  9. Imagination
  10. Why Should I Beg for Love?
  11. Stompin' at the Savoy  - Chick Webb
  12. Blue Minor
  13. True
  14. Lonesome Moments
  15. If It Ain't Love
  16. That Rhythm Man
  17. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  18. Lona
  19. Blue Minor
  20. It's Over Because We're Through
  21. Don't Be That Way
  22. What a Shuffle
  23. Blue Lou
  24. I'll Chase the Blues Away
  25. Down Home Rag

Disc 2

  1. Are You Here to Stay?
  2. Love and Kisses
  3. Rhythm and Romance
  4. Moonlight and Magnolias
  5. I'll Chase the Blues Away
  6. I May Be Wrong
  7. Facts and Figures
  8. Keepin' out of Mischief Now
  9. King Porter Stomp
  10. Crying My Heart out for You
  11. Under the Spell of the Blues
  12. When I Get Low I Get High
  13. Go Harlem
  14. Sing Me a Swing Song (And Let Me Dance)
  15. Love, You're Just a Laugh
  16. Devoting My Time to You
  17. (If You Can't Sing It) You'll Have to Swing It
  18. Swinging on the Reservation
  19. I Got the Spring Fever Blues
  20. Love Marches On
  21. There's Frost on the Moon
  22. Gee, But You're Swell
  23. Rusty Hinge
  24. Wake Up and Live
  25. It's Swell of You

Disc 3

  1. You Showed Me the Way
  2. Clap Hands! Here Comes Charley
  3. Cryin' Mood
  4. Love Is the Things, So They Say
  5. That Naughty Waltz
  6. In a Little Spanish Town
  7. I Got Rhythm
  8. I Ain't Got Nobody
  9. Just a Simple Melody
  10. I Got a Guy
  11. Strictly Jive
  12. Holiday in Harlem
  13. Sweet Sue, Just for You
  14. Rock It for Me
  15. Squeeze Me
  16. Harlem Congo
  17. I Want to Be Happy
  18. The Dipsy Doodle
  19. If Dreams Come True
  20. Hallelujah
  21. Midnite in a Madhouse
  22. A-Tisket, A-Tasket
  23. Heart of Mine
  24. I'm Just a Jitterbug
  25. Azure

Disc 4

  1. Spinnin' the Webb
  2. Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away)
  3. Pack Up Your Sins and Go to the Devil
  4. Mac Pherson Is Rehearsin' (Two Swing)
  5. Everybody Step
  6. Ella
  7. Wacky Dust
  8. Gotta Pebble in My Shoe
  9. I Can't Stop Loving You
  10. Who Ya Hunchin'?
  11. I Let a Tear Fall in the River
  12. F.D.R. Jones
  13. I Love Each Move You Make
  14. It's Foxy
  15. I Found My Yellow Basket
  16. By Heck
  17. Undecided
  18. 'Tain't What You Do (It's the Way That Cha Do It)
  19. In the Groove at the Grove
  20. One Side of Me
  21. My Heart Belongs to Daddy
  22. Chew-Chew-Chew (Your Bubble Gum)
  23. Little White Lies
  24. Breakin' Em Down

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chick Webb & His Orchestra   Primary Artist
Chick Webb   Indexed Contributor,Drums
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals
John Kirby   Bass,Tuba
Taft Jordan   Trumpet,Vocals
Edgar Sampson   Alto Saxophone
Fernando Arbello   Trombone
Louis Bacon   Trumpet,Vocals
Mario Bauzá   Trumpet
Garvin Bushell   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Wayman Carver   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Fulford   Piano
Jimmy Harrison   Trombone
Shelton Hemphill   Trumpet
Louis Hunt   Trumpet
Hilton Jefferson   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Claude Jones   Trombone
Reunald Jones   Trumpet
Don Kirkpatrick   Piano
Charles Linton   Vocals
George Matthews   Trombone
Teddy McRae   Tenor Saxophone
Beverly Peer   Bass
Nat Story   Trombone
John Trueheart   Banjo,Guitar
Dick Vance   Trumpet
Elmer James   Bass,Tuba
Sandy Williams   Trombone
Bobby Stark   Trumpet
Chuck Richards   Drums
Chauncey Houghton   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Bobby Johnson   Guitar
Joe Steele & His Orchestra   Piano

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Ella Fitzgerald   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Arranger,Composer
Chick Webb   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Van Alexander   Arranger,Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Stanley Adams   Composer
Walter Bishop   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Wayman Carver   Arranger
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Charlie Dixon   Arranger
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
J.C. Johnson   Composer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Turk VanLake   Arranger
James Van Heusen   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Kenneth Harrison   Composer
Harry Brooks   Composer
Snarly Grumble   Composer
Harry Revel   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Edgar Samson   Arranger
Joop Visser   Producer,Liner Notes
G. Le Vant   Composer

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