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1930's: The Small Combos

The 1930's: The Small Combos

Swing is the thing on this very enjoyable sampler which features 16 recordings by the same number of groups. Most of the combos are pickup bands but the quality of musicianship is so high that they sound like regularly working groups. Represented by a song apiece are Jack Purvis, the Chocolate Dandies


Swing is the thing on this very enjoyable sampler which features 16 recordings by the same number of groups. Most of the combos are pickup bands but the quality of musicianship is so high that they sound like regularly working groups. Represented by a song apiece are Jack Purvis, the Chocolate Dandies, the Rhythmakers, Red Allen, Wingy Manone, Red Norvo, Jones-Smith Inc, Stuff Smith, Teddy Wilson, Roy Eldridge, Cootie Williams, the Gotham Stompers, Frankie Newton, Sidney Bechet, Chu Berry and John Kirby. Although one would prefer the complete sessions, this sampler serves as a perfect introduction to these brilliant players.

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  1. Dismal Dan  - Jack Purvis
  2. Dee Blues  -  Chocolate Dandies
  3. Who's Sorry Now?  -  Rhythmakers
  4. There's a House in Harlem for Sale  -  Henry Allen & His Orchestra
  5. Isle of Capri  -  Wingy Manone & His Orchestra
  6. Blues in E Flat  - Red Norvo
  7. Shoe Shine Swing  - Inc. Jones-Smith
  8. 'tain't No Use  -  Stuff Smith & His Onyx Club Boys
  9. Here's Love in Your Eyes  - Teddy Wilson
  10. Wabash Stomp  -  Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra
  11. Echoes of Harlem  -  Cootie Williams & His Rug Cutters
  12. Alabamy Home  -  Gotham Stompers
  13. There's No Two Ways About It  - Frankie Newton
  14. Jungle Drums  - Sidney Bechet
  15. Chuberry Jam  - Chu Berry
  16. Royal Garden Blues  -  John Kirby & His Orchestra

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Henry "Red" Allen   Trumpet,Track Performer
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Danny Barker   Guitar
Count Basie   Piano
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Chu Berry   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Chocolate Dandies   Track Performer
Eddie Condon   Banjo
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet,Track Performer
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Lionel Hampton   Vibes
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Jo Jones   Drums
Jonah Jones   Trumpet
John Kirby   Bass,Tuba,Track Performer,String Bass
Gene Krupa   Drums
Red Norvo   Xylophone,Track Performer
Pee Wee Russell   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Wilson   Piano,Track Performer
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Cootie Williams   Trumpet,Track Performer
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Ray Bauduc   Drums
Pete Brown   Alto Saxophone
Cozy Cole   Drums
Edmond Hall   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Horace Henderson   Piano
Jack Jenney   Trombone
Wingy Manone   Trumpet,Vocals,Track Performer
Matty Matlock   Clarinet
Johnny Mince   Clarinet
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone
Frankie Newton   Trumpet,Track Performer
Adrian Rollini   Baritone Saxophone
Zutty Singleton   Drums
Joe Sullivan   Piano
Helen Ward   Vocals
Chick Webb   Drums
George Van Eps   Guitar
Frank Froeba   Piano
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Slim Gaillard   Vocals
Russell Procope   Alto Saxophone
Sonny Greer   Drums
Walter Page   Bass,String Bass
Bernard Addison   Guitar
Billy Banks   Vocals
Sidney Bechet   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone,Track Performer
Benny Carter   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Artie Bernstein   Bass,String Bass
Barney Bigard   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jack Bland   Guitar
Dave Bowman   Piano
Ernie Caceres   Baritone Saxophone
Scoops Carey   Alto Saxophone
Harry Carney   Baritone Saxophone
John Collins   Guitar
Duke Ellington   Piano
Don Frye   Piano
Tommy Fulford   Piano
Richard "Dick" Fullbright   Bass,String Bass
Harry Goodman   Bass,String Bass
Gordon Griffin   Trumpet
Fred Guy   Guitar
Jimmy Harrison   Trombone
J.C. Higginbotham   Trombone
Milt Hinton   Bass,String Bass
Hilton Jefferson   Alto Saxophone
Keg Johnson   Trombone
Walter Johnson   Drums
Billy Kyle   Piano
Nappy Lamare   Guitar
Lawrence Lucie   Guitar
Leroy Maxey   Drums
Castor McCord   Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Miller   Tenor Saxophone
Morgan   Bass
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton   Trombone
Truck Parham   Bass,String Bass
Benny Payne   Piano
Irving "Mouse" Randolph   Trumpet
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Cecil Scott   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Stuff Smith   Violin,Vocals,Track Performer
O'Neill Spencer   Drums
Bob Stark   Trumpet
Henry Turner   Bass,String Bass
Leonard Ware   Guitar
Dave Young   Tenor Saxophone
Elmer James   Bass,String Bass
Charlie Chavers   Trumpet
Ernie Coceres   Baritone Saxophone
Teddy Cole   Piano
Joe Eldridge   Alto Saxophone
Gotham Stompers   Track Performer
Gil Gowers   Piano
Benny Jackson   Guitar
Will Johnson   Guitar
Inc. Jones-Smith   Track Performer
Charlie Kegley   Drums
Jack Purvis   Trumpet
Rhythmakers   Track Performer
Jimmy Sherman   Piano
Mack Walker   Bass,String Bass
John Washington   Drums
Sandy Williams   Trombone
John Kirby & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Wingy Manone & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Billy Taylor   Bass,String Bass
Bob Bennett   Guitar
Bobby Bennett   Guitar
Gil Bowers   Piano
Bobby Stark   Trumpet
George "Scoops" Carry   Alto Saxophone
Sidney Bechet & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Carl "Tatti" Smith   Trumpet
John Smith   Guitar

Technical Credits

Henry "Red" Allen   Contributor
Chu Berry   Contributor
Chocolate Dandies   Contributor
Roy Eldridge   Composer,Contributor
John Kirby   Contributor
Red Norvo   Contributor
Teddy Wilson   Contributor
Cootie Williams   Contributor
Wingy Manone   Contributor
Frankie Newton   Arranger,Contributor
Sidney Bechet   Contributor
Benny Carter   Arranger
Wayman Carver   Arranger
Stuff Smith   Contributor
Michael Brooks   Liner Notes
Edgar Battle   Composer
Joe Eldridge   Arranger
Gotham Stompers   Contributor
Inc. Jones-Smith   Contributor
Jack Purvis   Contributor
Rhythmakers   Contributor
John Kirby & His Orchestra   Contributor
Henry Allen & His Orchestra   Contributor
Wingy Manone & His Orchestra   Contributor
Stuff Smith & His Onyx Club Boys   Contributor

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