Swing to Bop: Guitars in Flight 1939-1947

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Jazz evolved with certain instruments in the foreground: pianos, trumpets, trombones, clarinets, and saxophones led the way through the rapid stylistic developments of the 1920s, '30s, and '40s. Beginning in the late '30s, as electrical amplification enabled stringed instruments to emerge from their subservient roles in the rhythm section, certain young guitarists and string bass players began to shine as soloists. There are no less than 17 guitarists represented on Hep's Swing to Bop: Guitars in Flight 1939-1947, and 12 of these are featured as improvising artists. The most famous among jazz lovers, and justifiably so, is Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, who is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Jazz evolved with certain instruments in the foreground: pianos, trumpets, trombones, clarinets, and saxophones led the way through the rapid stylistic developments of the 1920s, '30s, and '40s. Beginning in the late '30s, as electrical amplification enabled stringed instruments to emerge from their subservient roles in the rhythm section, certain young guitarists and string bass players began to shine as soloists. There are no less than 17 guitarists represented on Hep's Swing to Bop: Guitars in Flight 1939-1947, and 12 of these are featured as improvising artists. The most famous among jazz lovers, and justifiably so, is Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, who is represented here with six superb examples from relatively late in his career. Other names that may ring bells are Al Casey (featured on "Buck Jumpin'," his showcase number with Fats Waller & His Rhythm), George Barnes, Carl Kress, Mary Osborne, Allan Reuss, Tony Mottola, and Les Paul, famous for popularizing the solid-body electric guitar. Most puzzling is the omission of Charlie Christian, who along with Reinhardt could be said to have initiated the entire early modern jazz guitar movement, providing subject matter for this very collection. There probably wasn't room on the disc for Christian after they squeezed in the 11-minute medley featuring Barney Kessel, Irving Ashby, and Arv Garrison. Maybe the folks at Hep Records decided that Christian is so important that he belongs in his own category. But not everybody knows that. And Hep doesn't seem to have issued a Charlie Christian retrospective. As excellent as this compilation is, a "Swing to Bop" jazz guitar anthology without Charlie Christian seems oddly truncated.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2000
  • Label: Hep Records
  • UPC: 603366006626
  • Catalog Number: 66
  • Sales rank: 122,754

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pickin' for Patsy - Charles McCamish (2:49)
  2. 2 Goodbye My Lover, Goodbye - James "Jimmy" Atkins (2:57)
  3. 3 Out of Nowhere - James "Jimmy" Atkins (2:56)
  4. 4 I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles - Duney Warren (2:59)
  5. 5 I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me - Duney Warren (3:01)
  6. 6 Buck Jumpin' - Gene Cedric (2:41)
  7. 7 Davenport Blues (3:10)
  8. 8 Guilty (3:13)
  9. 9 Coquette (3:18)
  10. 10 Rose Room - Pete Lauderman (2:49)
  11. 11 Blues in Mary's Flat - Sanford Gold (2:51)
  12. 12 Oops My Lady - Pete Lauderman (2:45)
  13. 13 Quiet, Two Gibsons at Work - Ernie "Earl" Backus (3:02)
  14. 14 Lover, Come Back to Me - Rolando Boyd (2:52)
  15. 15 Where You At? - Wini Beatty (3:04)
  16. 16 Medley: Cherokee/I Got Rhythm/How High the Moon/Honeysuckle Rose [Medle - Irving Ashny (11:02)
  17. 17 Porto Cabello - Emmanuel Boudieux (3:22)
  18. 18 Duke and Dukie - Emmanuel Boudieux (3:21)
  19. 19 Songe d'Automne - Emmanuel Boudieux (3:03)
  20. 20 Babik (Bi-Bop) - Emmanuel Boudieux (2:48)
  21. 21 Del Salle - Emmanuel Boudieux (3:14)
  22. 22 Just One of Those Things - Emmanuel Boudieux (2:54)
  23. 23 Five Guitars in Flight - John Anderson (2:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Les Paul Guitar
George Barnes Guitar, Leader
Al Casey Guitar
Barney Kessel Guitar
Mary Osborne Guitar
Django Reinhardt Guitar
Charlie Spivak Trumpet
Jack Teagarden Trombone, Leader
Fats Waller Piano
Trigger Alpert Bass
Irving Ashby Guitar
Lee Castle Trumpet
Irving Fazola Clarinet
Johnny Guarnieri Piano
Carl Kress Guitar
Leon Prima Track Performer
Tony Rizzi Guitar
Keith Williams Trumpet
Earl Backus Track Performer
Percy Brice Drums
Ernie Caceres Saxophone
Morey Feld Drums
Pierre Fouad Drums
Bill Huntington Guitar
Slick Jones Drums
Al Killian Trumpet
Tony Mottola Guitar
Ernie Newton Bass
Stephen Perlow Baritone Saxophone
Allan Reuss Guitar
Hubert Rostaing Clarinet
Mike Rubin Bass
Frank Rullo Vibes
Gene Sargent Guitar
John Van Eps Saxophone
Eugene Vees Guitar
Bobby White Drums
Sonny White Piano
Ollie Wilson Trombone
Tony Facciuto Trumpet
Frank Frederico Guitar
Arv Garrison Guitar
Vivien Garry Bass, Leader, Vocals
Art Miller Bass
Cedric Wallace Bass
Charlie Drake Drums
Art Saint John Saxophone
Matt Utal Alto Saxophone
Mark Bennett Trombone
Carl Garvin Trumpet
Clint Garvin Saxophone
Hub Lytle Saxophone
Charles McCamish Trombone
James "Jimmy" Atkins Guitar, Vocals
Wini Beatty Piano, Vocals
Earle Spencer Trombone, Leader
Thomas Moultrie Bass
Dick Baldridge Track Performer
Rolando Boyd Track Performer
Bobby Clark Piano
Billy Moore Drums
Technical Credits
Al Casey Composer
Django Reinhardt Composer
Jack Teagarden Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Bix Beiderbecke Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Artis Joyce Composer
Richard Lieberson Liner Notes
Cole Porter Composer
Allan Reuss Composer
Arv Garrison Composer
Art Hickman Composer
Ed Kirkeby Composer
Alastair Robertson Production Concept
Clarence Gaskill Composer
Harry Williams Composer
Harry H. Williams Composer
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