The Lost Chords: 1915-1945

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The two-disc European jazz compilation Lost Chords 1915-1945 is a musical companion to Richard M. Sudhalter's book of the same name, and, like it, is subtitled "White Musicians and Their Contribution to Jazz." Sudhalter, who compiled and produced the album, notes in his book and in his liner notes that, as part of the academic trend toward multiculturalism, there is a revisionist trend toward disparaging the efforts of white people in the development of jazz and defining it as strictly a black musical form. Sudhalter's politically incorrect response is to document the part played by whites, and it may be that this album makes his argument more convincingly than his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The two-disc European jazz compilation Lost Chords 1915-1945 is a musical companion to Richard M. Sudhalter's book of the same name, and, like it, is subtitled "White Musicians and Their Contribution to Jazz." Sudhalter, who compiled and produced the album, notes in his book and in his liner notes that, as part of the academic trend toward multiculturalism, there is a revisionist trend toward disparaging the efforts of white people in the development of jazz and defining it as strictly a black musical form. Sudhalter's politically incorrect response is to document the part played by whites, and it may be that this album makes his argument more convincingly than his book could, since it places the evidence before the listener. To be sure, Sudhalter achieves his goal by carefully choosing his examples. Despite the title, the recordings really date from 1920 to 1944, with the majority from the '20s, only ten coming from after the start of the swing era, and only two of those being performed by big bands. For the most part, this is small-band work done by musicians who were still working out what jazz was, which is part of Sudhalter's point. Many of these musicians may have made their livings working in society orchestras or on radio occupations largely closed to black society, but they found time to indulge their taste in hot playing in the recording studio. Dixieland is the dominant style here, and that wailing form allows plenty of opportunity for soloing. Among the hundreds of musicians represented, Sudhalter showcases figures who were indisputably creative jazzmen, among them Nick LaRocca, Ben Pollack, Frank Trumbauer, Red Nichols, Pee Wee Russell, Eddie Lang, Adrian Rollini, Joe Venuti, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Frank Teschemacher, Max Kaminsky, Eddie Condon, Jack Teagarden, Bix Beiderbecke, Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Red Norvo, Buddy Rich, and Dave Tough, as well as singers Lee Wiley, the Boswell Sisters, and Mildred Bailey. Some of the musicians are better known for their "sweet" work, but Sudhalter locates tracks that show off their jazz bona fides, even coming up with an impressive performance of "Sensation Stomp" from the much-maligned by jazz critics Paul Whiteman. Of course, this in only part of the story of jazz, but then Sudhalter is trying to make a specific point, not rewrite history. That, he charges, is what others are trying to do. He makes that point successfully; it would be hard to argue that whites had not contributed to early jazz after listening to this album. And, of course, leaving aside the academic imbroglio, this is simply a terrific collection to hear.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/1999
  • Label: Challenge
  • UPC: 608917901825
  • Catalog Number: 79018

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I've Lost My Heart in Dixieland - Original Dixieland Jazz Band (3:57)
  2. 2 Tiger Rag - Original Dixieland Jazz Band (2:56)
  3. 3 Tiger Rag - Friars Society Orchestra (2:56)
  4. 4 Tin Roof Blues - New Orleans Rhythm Kings (2:54)
  5. 5 Panama - Johnnie Miller's New Orleans Frollickers (3:21)
  6. 6 Sizzlin' the Blues - Monk Hazel & His Bienville Roof Orchestra (2:46)
  7. 7 There Ain't No Gal Like My Gal - Original Memphis Melody Boys (3:00)
  8. 8 Mamma Loves Papa - Isham Jones & His Orchestra (2:57)
  9. 9 San - The Mound City Blue Blowers (3:07)
  10. 10 He May Be Your Man (But He Comes To See Me Sometimes) - The Original Memphis Five (3:01)
  11. 11 Snakes Hips - The Georgians (3:05)
  12. 12 A Good Man Is Hard to Find - The Red Heads (2:31)
  13. 13 Original Dixieland One-Step - Miff Mole's Molers (2:51)
  14. 14 Imagination - The Charleston Chasers (2:50)
  15. 15 The Wild Dog - Joe Venuti's Blue Four (2:47)
  16. 16 Sensation Stomp - Paul Whiteman Orchestra (2:27)
  17. 17 Sittin' in a Corner - California Ramblers (2:57)
  18. 18 After You've Gone - California Ramblers (3:00)
  19. 19 Jazz Me Blues - Charles Pierce & His Orchestra (2:25)
  20. 20 Maple Leaf Rag - Paul Mares (2:52)
  21. 21 The Eel - Eddie Condon (2:56)
  22. 22 Ja-Da - Bud Freeman Summa Cum Laude (3:47)
  23. 23 Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble - Bud Freeman & His Famous Chicagoans (2:58)
  24. 24 I've Got a Crush on You - Lee Wiley (3:18)
Disc 2
  1. 1 It's the Blues - Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra (2:44)
  2. 2 Clementine (From New Orleans) - Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra (3:03)
  3. 3 Buy, Buy for Baby (Or Baby Will Bye Bye You) - Ben Pollack (2:54)
  4. 4 White Jazz - Casa Loma Orchestra (3:09)
  5. 5 It's Right Here for You - Jimmy Williams (3:08)
  6. 6 There'll Be Some Changes Made - Boswell Sisters (3:04)
  7. 7 Call Me a Taxi - Four of the Bob Cats (3:16)
  8. 8 Royal Garden Blues - The Wolverine Orchestra (2:56)
  9. 9 Crying All Day - Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra (3:08)
  10. 10 March of the Hoodlums - Hoagy Carmichael's Collegians (2:24)
  11. 11 For No Reason at All in C - Bix Beiderbecke (3:05)
  12. 12 What's the Use of Cryin' Baby? - Jack Purvis & His Orchestra (3:16)
  13. 13 Nothin' But the Blues - Red Nichols (3:17)
  14. 14 It Had to Be You - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (2:01)
  15. 15 Small Fry - Adrian Rollini Quintette (2:50)
  16. 16 New Orleans - Bobby Hackett Orchestra (3:23)
  17. 17 Dance of the Octopus - Red Norvo (3:17)
  18. 18 A Porter's Love Song to a Chambermaid - Red Norvo & His Orchestra (3:14)
  19. 19 The Last Time I Saw Chicage - The Three Deuces (2:51)
  20. 20 Jack Hits the Road - Bud Freeman & His Famous Chicagoans (2:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Boswell Sisters Track Performer
Mildred Bailey Vocals
George Barnes Electronic Sounds
Eddie Condon Guitar
Bud Freeman Tenor Saxophone
Benny Goodman Clarinet
Glen Gray Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bobby Hackett Cornet
Gene Krupa Drums
Eddie Lang Guitar, Track Performer
Russ Morgan Trombone
Red Norvo Marimbas, Xylophone, Track Performer
Ben Pollack Drums, Track Performer
Buddy Rich Drums
Pee Wee Russell Clarinet
Muggsy Spanier Cornet
Jack Teagarden Trombone
Claude Thornhill Piano
Joe Venuti Violin
Fats Waller Piano
Lee Wiley Vocals, Track Performer
Red Nichols Track Performer
Dave Barbour Guitar
Ray Bauduc Drums
Sharkey Bonano Cornet
Connee Boswell Vocals
Boyce Brown Alto Saxophone
Georg Brunis Trombone
Eddie Edwards Trombone
Brad Gowans Trombone
Bob Haggart Baritone Saxophone
Monk Hazel Drums
Carl Kress Guitar
Nick LaRocca Cornet
Wingy Manone Vocals
Chink Martin Bowed Bass
Matty Matlock Clarinet
Lou McGarity Trombone
Miff Mole Trombone
Tony Pastor Tenor Saxophone
Santo Pecora Trombone
Adrian Rollini Bass Saxophone, Track Performer
Zutty Singleton Drums
Frank Teschemacher Clarinet
Frankie Trumbauer Track Performer
George Wettling Drums
California Ramblers Track Performer
Joe Capraro Guitar
Ray Eberle Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
George Van Eps Guitar
Frank Froeba Piano
Art Kassel Alto Saxophone
New Orleans Rhythm Kings Track Performer
Original Dixieland Jazz Band Track Performer
Bob Zurke Piano
Milton Brown Leader
Red McKenzie Comb
Jack Pettis Tenor Saxophone
The Wolverine Orchestra Track Performer
Cliff Bruner Violin
Sidney Arodin Clarinet
George Arus Trombone
Al Avola Guitar
Earl Backus Guitar
Bix Beiderbecke Cornet, Track Performer
Artie Bernstein Baritone Saxophone
Vic Berton Drums
Larry Binyon Tenor Saxophone
Lew Black Banjo
Jack Bland Banjo
Rube Bloom Piano
Dave Bowman Piano
Tony Briglia Drums
Arnold Brillhardt Clarinet
Russell Brown Trombone
Les Burness Piano
Bob Casey Baritone Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Freddy Cusick Tenor Saxophone
Charles Bud Dant Cornet
Bobby Davis Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Kurt Dieterle Violin
Jimmy Dorsey Reeds
Tommy Dorsey Trombone, Track Performer
Hank Freeman Alto Saxophone
Harry Goodman Bowed Bass
Joe Hall Piano
Herbie Haymer Tenor Saxophone
J.C. Higginbotham Trombone
George "Happy" Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Bob Jones Cornet
Isham Jones Reeds
Isham Jones & His Orchestra Track Performer
Stan King Drums, Track Performer
Cliff Leeman Drums
Fud Livingston Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Lytell Clarinet
Paul Mertz Piano
Glenn Miller Trombone
Eddie Miller Tenor Saxophone
Chauncey Morehouse Drums
Frank Murray Cornet
Floyd O'Brien Trombone
Moe Purtill Drums
Howdy Quicksell Banjo
Bill Rank Trombone
Leon Roppolo Clarinet
Les Robinson Alto Saxophone
Harry Rodgers Trombone
Gil Rodin Alto Saxophone
Jack Roth Drums
Mischa Russell Violin
Morey Samuel Trombone
Kenny Sargent Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Tony Sbarbaro Drums
Elmer Schoebel Piano
Arthur Schutt Piano
Larry Shields Clarinet
Frank Signorelli Piano
Omer Simeon Clarinet
Jess Stacy Piano
Dave Tough Drums
Greely Walton Tenor Saxophone
Sid Weiss Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Williams Baritone Saxophone
The Original Memphis Five Track Performer
Alex Beller Violin
Cecil Brower Violin
Helvetia "Vet" Boswell Vocals
Martha Boswell Piano, Vocals
Fred "Papa" Calhoun Piano
Harold Clark Baritone Saxophone
Wanna Coffman Baritone Saxophone
Max Farley Reeds
Dick McDonough Guitar
Joe Tarto Baritone Saxophone
Jack Russin Piano
Doc Ryker Alto Saxophone
Herb Weil Drums
Joe Frank Drums
Charles Pierce Alto Saxophone
Casa Loma Orchestra Track Performer
The Charleston Chasers Track Performer
Pat Davis Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Jack Fulton Trombone
Gene Gifford Banjo
Bob Gillette Banjo
Jack Hansen Bowed Bass
Joe Hostetter Cornet
Hal Jordy Alto Saxophone
Charlie Kegley Drums
Luther Lamar Bowed Bass
Min Leibrook Bowed Bass
Joe Liss Piano
Matty Malneck Violin
Don Parker Soprano Saxophone
Mike Pingatore Banjo
Dick Slevin Kazoo
Frank Snyder Drums
Mel Stitzel Piano
Charles Strickfaden Reeds
Frank Victor Guitar
Durwood Brown Guitar
Bob Dunn Steel Guitar
The Georgians Track Performer
Lloyd Turner Trombone
Artie Shaw & His Orchestra Track Performer
Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra Track Performer
The Mound City Blue Blowers Track Performer
Boyce Cullen Trombone
Chester Hazlett Reeds
Hal McDonald Drums
Bill Schumann Cello
Slats Long Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Marvin Saxbe Guitar
Dick Voynow Piano
Jimmy Hartwell Clarinet
Irving Brodsky Piano
Leo McConville Cornet
John O'Donnell Clarinet
Mario Perry Violin
Stuart Branch Banjo
Dan Lipscomb Piano
Tunetwisters Vocals
Harry Perrella Piano
The Red Heads Track Performer
Alex Hill Piano
Johnny Mueller Baritone Saxophone
Dewey Bergman Piano
Al Armer Baritone Saxophone
Jack Drummond Baritone Saxophone
Leo Moran Trombone
Jimmy Williams Track Performer
Billy Jones Piano
Steve Brown Soprano Saxophone
John Miller Piano
Belle Mann Vocals
Bud Freeman & His Famous Chicagoans Track Performer
Hoagy Carmichael's Collegians Track Performer
Leon "Leo" Adde Drums
Eddie Wolfe Violin
Dick Morgan Guitar
Friars Society Orchestra Track Performer
Paul Kettler Drums
Ray Kitchingman Banjo
Al Mauling Reeds
Artie Vanasec Reeds
Louis Panico Cornet
John Kuhn Bowed Bass
Carroll Martin Trombone
Leo Murphy Violin
Pete Peterson Baritone Saxophone
Russell Deppe Banjo
Phillip Ward Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Feline Banjo
Jack Read Trombone
Charles McNeil Banjo
Harold Keating Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Arnold Habbe Banjo
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Scott Joplin Composer
Eddie Edwards Composer
Nick LaRocca Composer
Charlie Teagarden Contributor
Don Redman Arranger
Irving Caesar Composer
Henry W. Ragas Composer
Eddie Sauter Arranger
Tony Sbarbaro Composer
Larry Shields Composer
Joseph Meyer Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Wild Bill Moore Contributor
Dick Sudhalter Producer, Liner Notes
Lewis Young Composer
Harry Da Costa Composer
Frank Cush Contributor
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