That's a Bargain!

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Bobbing on the surface of a posthumous Red Nichols discography that teems with well-crafted compilations, Living Era's Centenary Issue tribute album That's a Bargain! might well be the best of them all. In addition to some of the tastiest sides ever cut by the Five Pennies and the Charleston Chasers, there are three tracks recorded in January of 1927 by Red & Miff's Stompers, an updated version of a fine little band with whom Nichols and trombonist Miff Mole had made excellent records for the Edison label a few months earlier. Note the presence of dignified pianist Arthur Schutt and master percussionist Vic Berton, who did wonderful things with the timpani but also ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Bobbing on the surface of a posthumous Red Nichols discography that teems with well-crafted compilations, Living Era's Centenary Issue tribute album That's a Bargain! might well be the best of them all. In addition to some of the tastiest sides ever cut by the Five Pennies and the Charleston Chasers, there are three tracks recorded in January of 1927 by Red & Miff's Stompers, an updated version of a fine little band with whom Nichols and trombonist Miff Mole had made excellent records for the Edison label a few months earlier. Note the presence of dignified pianist Arthur Schutt and master percussionist Vic Berton, who did wonderful things with the timpani but also employed a vibraphone identified as a "harpophone" (he used it to generate accents like a glockenspiel). Indeed this part of the Red Nichols story provides posterity with much of Berton's best work on record. That's more important than you might think, as he was the very first person to play jazz on the kettledrum. This album's collective lineup of great jazz players is astonishing to behold, for here are guitarists Eddie Lang, Carl Kress, and Dick McDonough; post-Berton drummers Chauncey Morehouse and Gene Krupa; brass men Nichols, Mole, Jack and Charlie Teagarden, Glenn Miller, Dudley Fosdick, and Wingy Manone; and reed players Benny Goodman, Pee Wee Russell, Jimmy Dorsey, Adrian Rollini, Fud Livingston, Babe Russin, and Larry Binyon. These names are essential components in a constellation of hot jazz as it was played in New York between the years 1926 and 1930. This marvelous album closes with the only two vocals: a golly-gee treatment of "I Got Rhythm" by Dick Robertson and a very hip handling of "Corrine Corrina" by singing trumpeter Wingy Manone.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2005
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625556421
  • Catalog Number: 5564

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Washboard Blues (3:09)
  2. 2 That's No Bargain (2:45)
  3. 3 Buddy's Habits (2:53)
  4. 4 Boneyard Shuffle (3:09)
  5. 5 Alabama Stomp - Red & Miff's Stompers (2:56)
  6. 6 Hurricane - Red & Miff's Stompers (2:58)
  7. 7 Davenport Blues - Red & Miff's Stompers (3:05)
  8. 8 Bugle Call Rag (2:54)
  9. 9 Delirium (3:13)
  10. 10 Cornfed (2:52)
  11. 11 Five Pennies (2:51)
  12. 12 Mean Dog Blues (3:14)
  13. 13 Riverboat Shuffle (3:04)
  14. 14 Eccentric (3:02)
  15. 15 Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider (2:50)
  16. 16 Feelin' No Pain (2:57)
  17. 17 Nobody's Sweetheart (3:08)
  18. 18 Panama (3:05)
  19. 19 Imagination (2:57)
  20. 20 Original Dixieland One Step (2:49)
  21. 21 I Never Knew (3:01)
  22. 22 Sweet Georgia Brown (2:48)
  23. 23 China Boy (2:50)
  24. 24 Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble (2:58)
  25. 25 I Got Rhythm (2:56)
  26. 26 Corrine Corrina (2:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Red Nichols Primary Artist, Clarinet
Benny Goodman Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Gene Krupa Drums
Pee Wee Russell Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Jack Teagarden Trombone
Joe Venuti Violin
Carl Kress Guitar
Wingy Manone Tuba, Vocals
Miff Mole Trombone
Adrian Rollini Goofus, Baritone Saxophone
Babe Russin Tenor Saxophone
Joe Sullivan Piano
Charlie Teagarden Trumpet
Edward Bergman Violin
Vic Berton Drums, Harpophone
Larry Binyon Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Tony Colucci Banjo
Jimmy Dorsey Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Lennie Hayton Piano, Celeste
Manny Klein Trumpet
Fud Livingston Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Chauncey Morehouse Drums, Vibes
Arthur Schutt Piano
Dick McDonough Banjo, Guitar
Joe Tarto Tuba
Dick Robertson Vocals
Art Miller Bass
Sid Stoneburn Alto Saxophone
Ruby Weinstein Trumpet
Leo McConville Trumpet
Dudley Fosdick Mellophonium
Glenn McGaha Miller Trombone
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Bill Meyers Composer
Red Nichols Arranger, Composer
Nick LaRocca Composer
Jack Pettis Composer
Bix Beiderbecke Composer
Ben Bernie Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Lennie Hayton Arranger
Fud Livingston Composer
Paul Mertz Composer
Arnett Nelson Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Arthur Schutt Composer
J. Mayo Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Billy Meyers Composer
Ted Fio Rito Composer
Vic Bellerby Liner Notes
Martin Haskell Remastering
Bob Effros Composer
Mark Ranshaw Artwork
Phil Wall Composer
J. Russel Robinson Composer
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Kenneth Casey Composer
Phil Boutelje Composer
Dick Winfree Composer
Ernie Erdman Composer
Eddie Munson Composer
Charlie Straight Composer
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