Andy Kirk & The 12 Clouds of Joy

Andy Kirk & The 12 Clouds of Joy

by Andy Kirk


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Andy Kirk & The 12 Clouds of Joy

Amidst the day's heavy hitters -- Ellington, Basie, and Goodman -- Andy Kirk's band made a name for themselves with some of the tightest swing of the '30s. Their prime stretch came in the latter half of the decade, as pianist and arranger Mary Lou Williams became a dominant force in the group. This fine ASV overview tells part of the story with 22 of the group's best cuts. And while highlights like "Until the Real Thing Comes Along" and "The Lady Who Swings the Band" are omitted, the disc makes up for it with the solid likes of "Mary's Idea," "Floyd's Guitar Blues," and an excellent cover of Bennie Moten's "Moten Swing." Plus, there's plenty of fine soloing by alto saxophonist John Williams, trumpeter Harry Lawson, tenor saxophonist Don Byas, and, of course, Williams herself. Unfortunately, there are none of Pha Terrell's infectious vocal cuts or Dick Wilson's tenor vehicles here. For those sides and more from the Kirk band's prime, check out Classics' many chronological discs.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/20/1994
Label: Asv Living Era
UPC: 0743625510829
catalogNumber: 5108

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andy Kirk   Primary Artist,Tuba,Leader,Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone
Mary Lou Williams   Piano
Ted Brinson   Guitar
Don Byas   Tenor Saxophone
Booker Collins   Bass
Ted Donnelly   Trombone
Allen Durham   Trombone
John Harrington   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Harry Lawson   Trumpet
Eddie McNeil   Drums
Floyd Smith   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ben Thigpen   Drums
Earl Thompson   Trumpet
Clarence Trice   Trumpet
Henry Wells   Trombone
Claude "Fiddler" Williams   Violin
William   Banjo,Guitar
June Richmond   Vocals
Edgar Battle   Trumpet
Fred Robinson   Trombone
John Williams   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Gene Prince   Trumpet
Lawrence Freeman   Tenor Saxophone
Paul King   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Earl Miller   Contributor
William   Contributor
Pat Hawes   Liner Notes
William Dirvin   Contributor

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