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Swing to Bop: Guitars in Flight 1939-1947
     

Swing to Bop: Guitars in Flight 1939-1947

 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2000
Label:
Hep Records
UPC:
0603366006626
catalogNumber:
66

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Performance Credits

Paul   Guitar
George Barnes   Guitar,Leader
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
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

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

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