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'Get Out Of Here' was the Bell band’s opener.The rest of the first set includes two tunes from the classic jazz period in 'Muskrat Ramble' and 'High Society', together with 'Big Chief Battle Axe' which is associated with Bunk Johnson. 'Kansas City Stomps' is a Jelly Roll Morton tune and is given a fine rolling treatment. To complete the set we have Graeme Bell’s original composition, 'Bull Ant Blues'. 'High Society' with which the set finished is, of ... [MORE]
It has been many years since Josh White received anything like his due from either Blues or Folk music fans, but there was a time when he was the world's most famous Blues musician and one of the leading lights of the Folk scene. When the recordings that make up the first disc of this set were made, Josh was in the process of introducing the mass of Americans to the existence of acoustic Blues music, and when those on the second were made he was serving ... [MORE]
This CD covers the first five years of ’Spoon’s illustrious career and arguably his best work, mainly accompanied by the band of his first boss and friend Jay McShann, but also featuring late 1940s sessions with the Buddy Tate and Maxwell Davis groups. 'Confessin’ The Blues' is from ’Spoon’s debut session with the McShann band, recorded in the summer of 1945 for Philo Records. A brief association with the short-lived Premier label of St Louis led to a ... [MORE]
A comedian and singer, an actor, song writer, impersonator and story teller, the ever versatile Max Bygraves was a true 'Rags to Riches' success. Famous for his catchphrases some of which were turned into songs: 'Big 'ead', 'A Good Idea - Son' are both featured here and still sound great today. His hits throughout the '50s are all included 'Heart Of My Heart', 'Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer', 'Mister Sandman', 'Meet Me On The Corner', 'Davy Crockett' and 'Out ... [MORE]
Great television musical based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with a star studded cast including Vic Damone, The Four Lads, Johnny Desmond, Basil Rathbone, Patrice Munsel and Betty Madigan. Included in this set are eight bonus tracks recorded by the stars of the production including Johnny Desmond. Full details inside. The popularity of this classic continues to this day and is still a popular fixture at schools and theatres across the ... [MORE]
A lovely CD highlighting the sound of one of the best dance bands of it’s era, led by the talented trumpet of Billy Butterfield. Listen to Billy’s excellent interpretation on many familiar tunes such as 'Stormy Weather', 'Blue Lou' and the exquisite 'I’ll Remember April'. Re-mastered to Jasmine’s usual high standards. [MORE]
This is the second CD in a series (see Cole Porter JASMCD2601) highlighting the greatest song writers of the last century, performed by arguably some of the best American dance bands of the 30s and 40s. 24 tracks meticulously compiled and annotated by nostalgia expert Geoff Milne - including tracks by Artie Shaw, Guy Lombardo, Bob Crosby, Rudy Vallee, Tommy Dorsey and many more! See track listing for full details. [MORE]
This is the first CD in a series highlighting the greatest song writers of the last century, performed by arguably some of the best American dance bands of the 30s and 40s. 24 tracks meticulously compiled and annotated by nostalgia expert Geoff Milne including Eddy Duchin, The Dorsey Brothers, Paul Whiteman, Guy Lombardo and many more. See track listing for full details. [MORE]
The first volume of Lu Watters at Hambone Kelly's (Jasmine JASMCD 2571) presented 20 of the recordings made at that location. This CD provides the remaining 16 recordings made by the Yerba Buena Jazz Band together with the 8 sides by the Clancy Hayes Washboard Band on which Lu Watters played the washboard rather than his usual trumpet. [MORE]
Calloway was no ordinary band-leader who stood in front beating time for his men. He danced around the stage, hair flopping wildly, conducting with an absurdly long baton, almost shouting his vocals.In 1934 the band came to Europe and created a sensation in London and Manchester. In fact, this flamboyant bandleader - no, entertainer - was a sensation wherever he played. They appeared in several movies, notably 'The Big Broadcast', 'The Singing Kid' with ... [MORE]
The collection opens with a swinging riff tune composed and arranged for Bunny Berigan and his Orchestra. 'Little Gate’s Special'. While this item is a typical swing era jump number, the first of the Artie Shaw recordings which follows illustrates a much more mature approach to swing music. 'Prelude In C Major'. Our next selection, Ray’s original composition 'To A Broadway Rose', by a similar size Shaw orchestra now well established with ... [MORE]
MID-PRICE The two instrumentals from the first session, 'At The Jazz Band Ball' and 'That Da Da Strain', are typical Dixieland fare with interesting solos, especially from Pee Wee Russell. The other two sides, 'You, You And Especially You' and 'If Dreams Come True', are more commercially designed and have vocals by Lola Bard. The live version of 'At The Jazz Band Ball' taken from a 'Saturday Night Swing Club' broadcast, provides an interesting comparison ... [MORE]
In 1925, jazz was a relatively new thing and the wedding between technique and feeling had not, as yet, taken place. As a drummer, Gene was no exception. In his own words: For at least five years after I started drumming, I played less rudiments and more illegitimate jazz beats than anyone ever thought of playing. That was before I got wise and realised that a drummer, any drummer, can go just so far without the proper background. In the summer of ... [MORE]
Sixty years ago, an interest in the earlier forms of jazz seems to have emerged almost simultaneously in several places around the world. In America there had been a successful attempt in 1938 to locate some of the older jazz musicians who had never left New Orleans and, for the most part, were unknown to record collectors. The principal discovery was Bunk Johnson and the group that was assembled to record with him. Other jazz musicians such as Kid Ory ... [MORE]
Physical disability is no bar to musicianship - indeed, in some instances such as the blind keyboard players George Shearing and Ray Charles, the enhanced hearing faculties have actually been an advantage. Losing limbs is more problematic, but not always insurmountable. Take losing an arm and playing trumpet: normally one arm gives support (and the hand can be used for muting effects, etc.), the other facilitates the hand which actually operates the ... [MORE]
Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five were responsible for a slew of highly original and unique hits, full of great humour and Jordan's irrepressible personality. This, combined with the group's slick musicianship and their driving beat, made them one of the most successful Jazz and Rhythm Blues small bands of their era. [MORE]
MID-PRICE For many of us, the name of Vera Lynn rekindles memories of the songs of World War II, songs about Dover's white cliffs, Berkeley Square's nightingales, of wishing and lovely weekends, lights going on and meeting again, and lovely days tomorrow. Important though the years and songs were, they represent but a short phase in a career that has spanned some seven decades. [MORE]
Despite a desperately early death at the age of 39 in 1943, the memory of Fats Waller not only lives on, his reputation as a performer, pianist and composer has grown through the years. Fortunately for the world, he left a legacy of studio recordings also, a few 'live' radio broadcasts have been preserved. This new JASMINE CD features some of his radio appearances, and includes many titles Waller never recorded commercially. The sound is superb as these ... [MORE]
MID-PRICE 1995 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II. May, 1945, saw the surrender of Germany and the collapse of Hitler's dream of a 1000 Year Reich, and in August, 1945, the might of the Japanese Empire was finally crushed. To the younger generations, names, places and events from that fateful era are just part of history, but for those who remember what it was like during those six dark years, memories galore will come flooding ... [MORE]
Was she pop? Was she rock and roll? Was she good? Well we think the resounding answer to these questions is yes and she is Gale Storm. This set follows on from the popular 'Gale Storm - Sentimental Me' - JASCD 458 and this time we focus on singles and a selection of tracks from two LPs 'Gale Strom Sings' and 'Softly and Tenderly'. Includes the hits 'Why Do Fools Fall in Love', 'Ivory Tower', 'Dark Moon' and many more! Over what was to be a short career ... [MORE]
Jasmine Records are no strangers to the ever fun and entertaining musical styling's of The Firehouse Five Plus Two, and with our first two volumes still flying off the shelves it made sense that we should revisit the Firehouse once more!
2CDs crammed with almost (we say 'almost' as sadly CDs will only take so many tracks) four complete albums: 'Goes To Sea', 'Dixieland Favorites', 'Around The World' and 'At Disneyland'.
Straightforward Dixieland ... [MORE]
New Orleans has a special place in the history of jazz, and The Dukes of Dixieland have a special place in the story of New Orleans. As natives of this city rich in musical tradition it was inevitable that their chosen path would lead down that well-trodden road taken by such luminaries such as Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Bunk Johnson and others.
Continuing the success that we had with our first outing with The Dukes. 'JASCD 721 - THE FABULOUS ... [MORE]
Pete Fountain's life story has been wholly in harmony with Jazz, it has been part of his existence almost as far back as he could remember and in compiling this CD set we have taken a veritable feast of tracks from some of his LPs covering the period 1959-1962.
This is music from excellent musicians playing songs that are as familiar as the seasons of the year, listen to tracks such as: 'The Memphis Blues' 'Bayou Blues' and the seminal 'St. Louis ... [MORE]
Rex Allen, or The Arizona Cowboy as he was better known, was a man with a big voice who found fame in Western movies, TV shows along with a soundtrack and singing career. Across this 2CD set we focus on some very fine material from his singles and LPs that have often been overlooked. Great versions of pop hits like 'Sparrow In The Tree Top', 'The Roving Kind', 'Forever And Ever' and 'Lazy River'. As well as his hit versions of 'Take It Back And Change It ... [MORE]
Acker Bilk was part of the boom in traditional jazz that swept the United Kingdom in the late 1950s. The discs feature his hits 'Summer Set', performed by his ensemble 'The Paramount Jazz Band', and 'Stranger on the Shore' which went to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart making him the first British artist to have an American No. 1 making him an international star.
Other great songs of note include his interpretation of 'I Can't Get ... [MORE]