Collector’s Corner (Free MP3s) • Some More January Jazz Additions — King Oliver, Clarence Williams, Chicago Rhythm Kings

Collector’s Corner (Free MP3s) • Some More January Jazz Additions — King Oliver, Clarence Williams, Chicago Rhythm Kings

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January’s been been a very good month indeed, record-wise. Much more fun collecting them than writing about them! So, here are a few more new additions to the jazz collection, for your listening pleasure.

You can find approximate personnel listings in our free download of Brian Rust’s Jazz Records, 6th Edition. They’re not from the original recording files (which rarely list full personnel before the late 1930s), and Brian didn’t cite his sources, but he’s probably pretty much on the mark for these sides.

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KING OLIVER & HIS DIXIE SYNCOPATORS (as Savannah Syncopators): Wa Wa Wa (EE+)

Chicago: May 29, 1926
Brunswick 3373 (Vocalion mx. E 30181)
Originally allocated mx. C 372. This pressing shows the assigned Vocalion mx. number. A Brunswick mx. number (E 20637), assigned on November 4, 1926, appears on later pressings.

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KING OLIVER & HIS DIXIE SYNCOPATORS (as Savannah Syncopators): Deep Henderson (E– to V++)

Chicago: April 21, 1926
Brunswick 3245 (Vocalion mx. E 2892)
Originally allocated mx. C 196. This pressing shows the assigned Vocalion mx. number. A Brunswick mx. number (E19679), assigned on July 3, 1926, appears on later pressings.

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CLARENCE WILLIAMS’ JAZZ KINGS: The Keyboard Express (EE–)

New York: August 1, 1928
Columbia 14348-D (mx. W 146825 – 3)

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CLARENCE WILLIAMS’ JAZZ KINGS (Williams, speech and vocal): Walk That Broad (E)

New York: August 1, 1928
Columbia 14348-D (mx. W 146826 – 3)

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CHICAGO RHYTHM KINGS: I’ve Found a New Baby (E–)

Chicago: April 6, 1928
Brunswick 4001 (mx. C 1886 – A)

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CHICAGO RHYTHM KINGS (Red McKenzie, vocal):
There’ll Be Some Changes Made
(EE–)

Chicago: April 6, 1928
Brunswick 4001 (mx. C 1885 – A)
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Collector’s Corner (Free MP3s) • Some January Jazz Additions — Piron’s New Orleans Orchestra, Mound City Blue Blowers, Jelly Roll Morton, Tiny Parham’s Musicians

Collector’s Corner (Free MP3s) • Some January Jazz Additions — Piron’s New Orleans Orchestra, Mound City Blue Blowers, Jelly Roll Morton, Tiny Parham’s Musicians

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A few more additions to the jazz collection for the new year. For the discographically minded, it’s worth noting that alternate takes survive of these Morton and Parham titles (RCA eventually issued the Mortons on an original-stamper Victor 78 in the early 1940s, and the Parhams on a superbly engineered “X” Vault Originals LP in the early 1950s).

As sometimes happens with Victor jazz recordings of this period, for reasons yet to be discovered, some takes selected for original release contain noticeable performance errors — including some quite glaring ones, as you’ll hear midway through “Seattle Hunch” — that don’t occur on the corresponding alternates. At a later date, we’ll be posting some side-by-side MP3 comparisons of “mastered” vs. “held” Victor takes, in which that pattern becomes obvious. In the meantime, enjoy the original “approved” versions, the occasional warts and all.

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ARMAND J. PIRON’S NEW ORLEANS ORCHESTRA:
Mamma’s Gone, Goodbye
(EE+)

New York: December 11, 1923
Victor 19233 (mx. B 29121 – 3)
Released February 4, 1924, and deleted in 1926. Personnel given in Rust’s Jazz Records and similar works are anecdotal (no source cited; not original Victor file data, other than the notation that Piron is directing).

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MOUND CITY BLUE BLOWERS: Gettin’ Told (E–)

New York: February 9, 1925
Brunswick 2849
Three takes were recorded (mxs. 14872, 14873, and 14874), but neither the recording ledgers nor the pressing indicate which was used. Guitarist Eddie Lang (misspelled “Lange” on the label composer credits) is present.

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TINY PARHAM & HIS MUSICIANS: The Head Hunter’s Dream (An African Fantasy) (E–)

Chicago (Victor Laboratory): July 2, 1928
Victor 21553 (mx. BVE 46037 – 2)

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TINY PARHAM & HIS MUSICIANS: Cuckoo Blues (EE–)

Chicago (Victor Laboratory): July 2, 1928
Victor 21553 (mx. BVE 46041 – 2)
Released September 21, 1928, and deleted in 1931. Personnel given in Rust’s Jazz Records and similar works are anecdotal (no source cited; not original Victor file data).

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JELLY ROLL MORTON: Seattle Hunch (EE-)

Camden, NJ: July 8, 1929
Victor V-38527 (mx. BVE 49449 – 1)

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JELLY ROLL MORTON: Freakish (EE-)

Camden, NJ: July 8, 1929
Victor V-38527 (mx. BVE 49451 – 2)
Released September 6, 1929.

Collector’s Corner (Free MP3s) • Some New Year’s Additions — Martha Copeland, Black Boy Shine, Blind Boy Fuller, Earl Hines, Joe Gumin, Manolo Castro

Collector’s Corner (Free MP3s) • Some New Year’s Additions — Martha Copeland, Black Boy Shine, Blind Boy Fuller, Earl Hines, Joe Gumin, Manolo Castro

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Some of the first additions to the collection for 2020 — Enjoy!

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MARTHA COPELAND (Eddie Heywood, piano): Daddy, You’ve Done Put That Thing on Me (V++)

New York: c. September 1923 (Released December 1923)
Okeh 8091 (mx. S 71844 – C)

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EARL HINES: 57 Varieties (EE–)

Chicago: December 12, 1928
Columbia 2800-D (mx. W 402220 – A)
1933 Royal Blue re-pressing; originally released in 1929 on Okeh 8653  / 41175

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JOE GUMIN & HIS ORCHESTRA: I’ll Think of You (E+)

Chicago: October 30, 1931
Columbia 2571-D (mx. W 151869 – 2)

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HAVANA YACHT CLUB ORCHESTRA (Manolo Castro, conductor):
St. Louis Blues Rumba
(E– to V++)

New York (Victor Studio 1): July 10, 1931
Disque Gramophone (French) K-6524 (Victor mx. BRC 70120 – 1)
Pedro Guida, arranger; vocals by the orchestra

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BLIND BOY FULLER (Fulton Allen): Big House Bound  (E–)

Columbia, SC: October 29, 1938
Vocalion 04897 (mx. SC 25 – 1)
With Sonny Terry, harmonica

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BLACK BOY SHINE (Harold Holiday): Hobo Blues  (E–)

Dallas: June 15, 1937
Vocalion 04003 (mx. DAL 325 – 1)

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Coming Soon: Gus Haenschen — The St. Louis Years

The final installments in Jim Drake’s Haenschen interview series, with never-before published details of his 1916 private recordings, his encounters with Scott Joplin, and much more.

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Collector’s Corner (Free MP3s) • Some Late 2019 Operatic Additions — Caruso, Scotti, Farrar, Didur, Sibiriakov, Michailowa, Chaliapin

Collector’s Corner (Free MP3s) • Some Late 2019 Operatic Additions — Caruso, Scotti, Farrar, Didur, Sibiriakov, Michailowa, Chaliapin

 

A few new arrivals to the opera collection, added over the last couple of months — some fairly common, some quite scarce, but all personal favorites.

(Jazz and blues fans: Don’t despair, we’ll be back in a few weeks with some choice new selections. In the meantime, give a listen — a little horizon-broadening for the new year!)

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ENRICO CARUSO: Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) – Siciliana (E–)

Milan: November 30, 1902
Gramophone Concert Record 52418 (mx. 2876b)
Salvatore Cottone, piano

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GERALDINE FARRAR & ANTONIO SCOTTI: La Bohême (Puccini) – Mimi, speravo di trovarvi qui (E)

Camden, NJ: February 18, 1908
Victor 10007 (mx. C 5087 – 2)
1923 coupled reissue of Victor 89016

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ADAMO DIDUR: Mefistofele (Boito) – Son lo spirito che nega (E)

Milan: April 23, 1908
Fonotipia 92226 (mx. XPh 3176)

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LEV SIBIRIAKOV: Songs and Dances of Death (Mussorgsky) –
Field-Marshall Death
(EE–)

St. Petersburg, Russia: November 12, 1913
Amour 022328 (coupled #M022327) (mx. 2904c)

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LEV SIBIRIAKOV & MARIA MICHAILOWA: Faust (Gounod) –
Church Scene, Part 1
(EE–)

St. Petersburg, Russia: September 27, 1910
Muzpred 024048 (coupled #022172) (mx. 2045c)
Early 1920s Soviet pressing from the original stampers

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FEODOR CHALIAPIN: Aleko (Rachmaninoff) – The Moon Is High in the Sky (aka All The Gypsy Camp Is Sleeping) (EE+)

London (C Studio, Small Queen’s Hall): November 11, 1929
Victor 14902 (Gramophone Co. mx. Cc 18156 – 1)
Orchestra directed by Lawrance Collingwood. This is a “concert” version of the aria, with portions of the original score deleted; Chaliapin’s rendition of the complete aria can be heard on HMV D.B.691, acoustically recorded in 1923.

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