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.