Windy City Jazz

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Windy City Jazz is a 22-track collection of well-chosen musical episodes from the life of Eddie Condon, a man whose devotion to old-styled melodies and collectively driven swing helped to galvanize an impressive number of recording dates and club or concert hall jam sessions during a prolonged period of inspired activity that commenced in the 1920s and continued until shortly before his demise in the early '70s. Windy City Jazz opens with some of Condon's earliest recordings as a leader, beginning with four hot sides from December 1927 by McKenzie & Condon's Chicagoans, a punchy little unit that included cornetist Jimmy McPartland, clarinetist Frank Teschemacher, and ...
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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Windy City Jazz is a 22-track collection of well-chosen musical episodes from the life of Eddie Condon, a man whose devotion to old-styled melodies and collectively driven swing helped to galvanize an impressive number of recording dates and club or concert hall jam sessions during a prolonged period of inspired activity that commenced in the 1920s and continued until shortly before his demise in the early '70s. Windy City Jazz opens with some of Condon's earliest recordings as a leader, beginning with four hot sides from December 1927 by McKenzie & Condon's Chicagoans, a punchy little unit that included cornetist Jimmy McPartland, clarinetist Frank Teschemacher, and tenor saxophonist Bud Freeman, as well as pianist Joe Sullivan and drummer Gene Krupa. "Makin' Friends" was recorded about nine months later with clarinetist Mezz Mezzrow and singing trombonist Jack Teagarden sitting in under the aegis of Eddie Condon's Footwarmers. "Yes, Suh" dates from 1932 and features trumpeter Henry Red Allen, clarinetist Pee Wee Russell, vocalist Billy Banks, and Condon's all-time favorite pianist, Fats Waller. Tracks seven-ten were waxed in October 1933 and are exceptionally fine examples of swing music played according to Eddie's specifications. On this date, composer Alex Hill was at the piano and trumpeter Max Kaminsky made his first appearance with Condon. "The Eel" is a roller coaster feature for Bud Freeman's sax. With "Beat to the Socks" performed by the Windy City Seven we enter the golden age of authentic traditional jazz recorded under the supervision of Milt Gabler for his Commodore label. Many players already mentioned participated in these sessions, in addition to masters of the idiom like cornetist Bobby Hackett, trombonists George Brunies, and Brad Gowans, pianist Jess Stacy, and drummer George Wettling. This useful and enjoyable collection of old-school, good-time music is recommended along with similar Condon samplers on labels like King Jazz and ASV Living Era. Those who feel the need to dig deeper should seriously consider taking on Condon's complete studio recordings by way of more exacting editions such as the Classics Chronological Series. For a taste of his wit and wisdom as an emcee, try the Town Hall Concerts of the '40s as compiled by Jazzology, then latch onto some of his triumphant Columbia albums from the '50s. A thorough and well-rounded comprehension of those later recordings will best be grounded in Condon's early efforts, and Windy City Jazz is a great place to start.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/1995
  • Label: Pearl
  • UPC: 727031102625
  • Catalog Number: 1026

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sugar (3:07)
  2. 2 China Boy - Eddie Condon's Chicagoans (2:43)
  3. 3 Nobody's Sweetheart - Eddie Condon's Chicagoans (3:06)
  4. 4 Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away) - Eddie Condon's Chicagoans (3:00)
  5. 5 Makin' Friends (3:02)
  6. 6 Yes, Suh! - Billy Banks & His Rhythmakers (2:44)
  7. 7 Tennessee Twilight - Eddie Condon & His Orchestra (3:01)
  8. 8 Madame Dynamite - Eddie Condon & His Orchestra (2:54)
  9. 9 The Eel (3:19)
  10. 10 Home Cooking - Eddie Condon & His Orchestra (3:07)
  11. 11 Beat to the Socks (2:49)
  12. 12 Carnegie Drag (3:15)
  13. 13 Carnegie Jump (2:41)
  14. 14 Embraceable You (4:05)
  15. 15 Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland (3:07)
  16. 16 Diane (3:05)
  17. 17 Serenade to a Shylock (4:32)
  18. 18 Don't Leave Me Daddy (2:34)
  19. 19 Fidgety Feet (2:38)
  20. 20 Mammy O' Mine (4:20)
  21. 21 Lonesome Tag Blues (4:02)
  22. 22 Tortilla B Flat (3:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddie Condon Primary Artist, Banjo, Guitar
McKenzie & Condon's Chicagoans Track Performer
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Eddie Condon Composer
Bud Freeman Contributor
Bobby Hackett Composer, Contributor
Max Kaminsky Composer, Contributor
Gene Krupa Contributor
Pee Wee Russell Composer, Contributor
Jack Teagarden Composer, Contributor
Fats Waller Contributor
Georg Brunis Composer, Contributor
Eddie Edwards Composer
Brad Gowans Contributor
Nick LaRocca Composer
Jimmy McPartland Contributor
Zutty Singleton Contributor
Joe Sullivan Contributor
Frank Teschemacher Contributor
George Wettling Composer
Big Sid Catlett Contributor
Ira Gershwin Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Mezz Mezzrow Contributor
Henry W. Ragas Composer
Tony Sbarbaro Composer
Artie Shapiro Composer
Larry Shields Composer
Jess Stacy Contributor
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Sidney Mitchell Composer
Edna Alexander Composer
Leo Friedman Composer
Joe Verges Composer
Beth Slater Whitson Composer
Freeman Composer
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