Some New Favorite Additions to the Collection for November–December 2021 (Free MP3 Downloads)
A few new favorites who’ve come to roost here in the past month, for your listening pleasure.
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JABBO SMITH & HIS RHYTHM ACES: Band Box Stomp (V++)
Chicago: August 22, 1929
Brunswick 7111 (mx. C 4101 – )
Personnel given for the Rhythm Aces sessions in various accounts are often at odds and don’t cite a credible documentary source (because there isn’t one; the Brunswick ledgers for this period don’t list personnel). So we’ll go with the personnel that Jabbo himself recalled for this side, as reported to the ever-reliable Dick Spottswood, to wit: Jabbo Smith (trumpet), Willard Brown (saxophones), Earl Frazer (piano), Ikey Robinson (banjo), Lawson Buford (brass bass). Memories get fuzzy, of course, but we’re much more inclined to trust someone who was actually there than folks from the “I hear so-and-so” school of research.
WALTER BARNES & HIS ROYAL CREOLIANS: If You’re Thinking of Me (EE+)
Chicago: July 25, 1929
Brunswick 4480 (mx. C 3941 – )
WALTER BARNES & HIS ROYAL CREOLIANS: Birmingham Bertha (E)
Chicago: July 25, 1929
Brunswick 4480 (mx. C 3942 – )
The vocalist is uncredited in the Brunswick ledger and on the labels (May Alix has been widely cited, based on aural evidence). An alternate take of “Birmingham Bertha,” without vocal, was recorded at the same session, for release in Germany.
FESS WILLIAMS & HIS ROYAL FLUSH ORCHESTRA: Number Ten (E+)
New York: June 24, 1927
Brunswick 3596 (mx. E 23747)
Fess Williams, arranger (per the Brunswick ledger).
NEW ORLEANS WANDERERS: Perdido Street Blues (EE–)
Chicago: July 13, 1926
Columbia 698-D (mx. W 142426 – 1)
Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five, with George Mitchell substituting for Armstrong (who was under exclusive contract to Okeh at the time). Columbia originally logged this session as “Armstrong’s Band,” then changed it to “Johnny Dodds and the New Orleans Wanderers,” although Dodds’ name was omitted from the labels. (“Trans. to 5008-S” refers to a late-1940s reissue on the Special Editions label.)
ANONYMOUS: Chevrolet One Minute Dramatization [selections] (E)
Sound Studios of New York: c. Late 1933
Unnumbered (mxs. 6048 – 6 / 6050 – )
Three of the (unintentionally) funnier tracks from a six-track disc plugging the new 1934 Chevrolet with “knee-action” front wheels. Sound Studios of New York was a custom-recording operation associated with the World Broadcasting System.
PEERLESS QUARTET: That Fussy Rag (E)
Probably Camden NJ: June 20, 1910
Victor 5787 (mx. B 9128 -2 or -3)
This is the scarce original version (takes 2 and 3 were mastered; the take used is not indicated in the pressing). It was quickly replaced by the more commonly encountered remake of August 31, 1910. The arranger added an awkwardly positioned repeat at the 1:38 mark to stretch the playing time of Victor Smalley’s little gem.