RARE CUTS - Well Done Volume 4
This album groups some interesting New Orleans jazz from the 30s and 40s featuring one of the great banjo players, only he is not playing the banjo! The early George Guesnon sides were originally recorded on Decca. They are great and original Guesnon pieces and definitely collectable.
It also features the Kid Thomas band of the early 70s and comes from a live session. The band here includes the legendary Paul Polo Barnes on reeds!
And finally there is a non musical track which features the voices of dozens of New Orleans jazz greats arranged by Bill Bacin to say Happy Birthday to Johnny St. Cyr on his 73rd birthday. It is an extraordinary event where you can hear the living voices of some of your jazz heroes.
Personnel on the Guesnon tracks: George Guesnon vocal, Henry Goodwin, Wingy Carpenter trumpet, Art Hodes, Little Brother Montgomery, Edward J. Allen piano, Jimmy Shirley guitar, Pops Foster string bass, Bob Warren drums.
Personnel on the Kid Thomas Band tracks: Kid Thomas Valentine trumpet, Paul Barnes clarinet, Manny Paul tenor sax, Louis Nelson trombone, Charlie Hamilton piano, Emanuel Sayles banjo, Joe Butler string bass, Alonzo Stewart drums.
RARE CUTS Volume 4
Tracks 1-2 CREOLE GEORGE GUESNON Guesnon/Henry Goodwin (tp) Art Hodes(pn) Jimmy Shirley (g) Pops Foster (bs) New York City 1946
Tracks3-6 Guesnon/Wingy Carpenter (tp) Edward J Allen (pn) Jimmy Shirley (g) Bob Warren (dr) New York City April 1940
Track 7 Guesnon (vocal) Little Brother Montgomery (pn) New Orleans October 1936
Tracks 8-12 KID THOMAS BAND Kid Thomas Venentine (tp) Louis Nelson (tb) Paul Barnes (c) Emanuel Paul (tenor sax)Charlie Hamilton (pn) Emanuel Sayles (bj) Joe Butler (bs) Alonzo Stewart (dr) Cohasset, Maryland July 1974
Track 13 JOHNNY ST CYR 73rd BIRTHDAY GREETINGS New Orleans 1963
1. Graveyard Love Blues
2. Top & Bottom Blues
3. Mississippi Town (Jackson Blues)
4. Iberville & Franklin Blues
5. Black Woman Blues
6. Goodbye Good Luck to You
7. Goodbye Good Luck to You
8. The Second Line
9. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
10. Eh La Bas
11. Tin Roof Blues
12. When the Saints go Marching In
13. Johnny St Cyr Birthday Greetings