Twelfth Street Rag

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
During the mid- to late '50s, a lot of U.S. jazz record collections consisted mainly of Dixieland titles. Many family rooms were dominated by a large wooden console containing a radio and a three-speed electric phonograph, equipped with a sunken compartment within which a sizable selection of records could be stored. The average family might possess a stack of 78-rpm platters; a 45-rpm album of selections from the soundtrack of Pete Kelly's Blues with narration by Jack Webb; a long-playing edition of Clyde McCoy's Sugar Blues; at least two or three LPs by the Dukes of Dixieland; a latter-day offering by Red Nichols & His 5 Pennies; and hopefully a few of the more ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
During the mid- to late '50s, a lot of U.S. jazz record collections consisted mainly of Dixieland titles. Many family rooms were dominated by a large wooden console containing a radio and a three-speed electric phonograph, equipped with a sunken compartment within which a sizable selection of records could be stored. The average family might possess a stack of 78-rpm platters; a 45-rpm album of selections from the soundtrack of Pete Kelly's Blues with narration by Jack Webb; a long-playing edition of Clyde McCoy's Sugar Blues; at least two or three LPs by the Dukes of Dixieland; a latter-day offering by Red Nichols & His 5 Pennies; and hopefully a few of the more substantial names like Lu Watters, Turk Murphy, and Bob Scobey. Truly hip households would also know about Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory, Eddie Condon, Bix Beiderbecke, or even Sidney Bechet. Somewhere in this shuffled deck of traditional jazz records your average Dixieland fan probably had something by trombonist and Dixieland revivalist Pee Wee Hunt. Indeed, his 78-rpm purple label Capitol recording of "Twelfth Street Rag" was a million-selling number one hit, as any collector of original pressings will testify. Recorded in Hollywood in April of 1946, this bracingly bright and bouncy number helped to usher in an era of almost painfully loud sound reproduction, as Capitol seemed to specialize in larger than life ultra-high fidelity. With its patented "oo-wacka-oo" trumpet chorus, "Twelfth Street Rag" quickly became a staple at patio parties and basement beer gardens throughout mid-century, middle-class Middle America. Living Era's portrait of Pee Wee Hunt -- a native of Mount Healthy, OH -- briefly takes the listener back to his days as a founding member of the Casa Loma Orchestra, a solid outfit with which he worked from its inception at the end of 1929 until 1943. The Casa Loma portion of the survey covers the years 1935 to 1942. Several examples of Hunt's affable vocalizing are included in this chronology, along with a version of Hoagy Carmichael's "Rockin' Chair," where Hunt shares the vocal with special guest Louis Armstrong. Yet most of this compilation is devoted to Hunt's hard-hitting traditional Dixieland jazz, played accurately and with plenty of pep. A slow and earthy rendition of King Oliver's 1926 opus "Snag It" contrasts wonderfully with the hot stuff that dominates most of the album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2006
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625560725
  • Catalog Number: 5607

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pee Wee Hunt Primary Artist, Trombone, Vocals
Glen Gray Alto Saxophone
Matty Matlock Clarinet
Rosy McHargue Clarinet
Andy Bartha Cornet
Louis Armstrong Trumpet, Vocals
Cy Baker Trumpet
Tony Briglia Drums
Joe Hall Piano
Murray McEachern Trombone, Alto Saxophone
Kenny Sargent Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
George Thow Trumpet
Corky Cornelius Trumpet
Frank Bruno Trumpet
Alfred Ralston Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Dan d'Andrea Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Pat Davis Tenor Saxophone
Stanley Dennis Bass
Gene Gifford Guitar
Clarence Hutchenrider Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Mel Jenssen Violin
Art Ralston Alto Saxophone
Billy Rauch Trombone
Carl Fischer Piano
Bobby Lee Jones Trombone
Sonny Dunham Trombone, Trumpet
Grady Watts Trombone, Trumpet
Jack Blanchette Guitar
Fritz Hummel Trombone
Frank Zullo Trumpet
Red Dorris Clarinet
Frank Ryerson Trumpet
Dick Fisher Guitar
Glenn Waller Drums
Jack Burdette Guitar
Chuck Carle Bass
Harvey Chermak Bass
Leo Kaminsky Clarinet
Mickey Steinke Drums
Mickey Steinker Drums
Fred Wescott Bass
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
King Oliver Composer
Ray Bauduc Composer
Bob Haggart Composer
Nick LaRocca Composer
Charles Davis Composer
Dick Jurgens Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Euday L. Bowman Composer
Shelton Brooks Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Henry Creamer Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Marc Gordon Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Turner Layton Composer
Roger Lewis Composer
Paul Mares Composer
Ballard MacDonald Composer
Henry W. Ragas Composer
Larry Shields Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Allie Wrubel Composer
Arnold Johnson Composer
Peter Dempsey Liner Notes
Martin Haskell Remastering
Mark Ranshaw Cover Art
Mort Dixon Composer
Walter Melrose Composer
James F. Hanley Composer
Cecil Mack Composer
Dave Ringle Composer
Porter Steele Composer
Joe Arzonia Composer
Walter Donovan Composer
Byron Gay Composer
Fred Meinken Composer
Charles A. Bayha Composer
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