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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 the listening and ... [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]
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]
Three terrific Double CDs from this crowd pleasing band:
JASCD426 Volume 1 Setting the World on Fire
JASCD460 Volume 2 Stokinâ€™ the Fire
JASCD807 Volume 3 Havinâ€™ A Blast
Straightforward Dixieland with a healthy dose of good humour, the often-rambunctious Firehouse Five Plus Two were mostly comprised of cartoon animators from the Disney Studios! Volume 1 contains every studio recording from the bandâ€™s first session in ... [MORE]
Across these 2 double CD sets you will be able to hear at first hand the great versatility of Turk Murphy and his superior ensemble work that made him so popular across the scene. All the music is remastered and the majority has not been released on CD before. 39 tracks and 42 tracks respectively.
Full details of each CD under their single listings - JASCD439 Turk's Delight and JASCD461 New Orleans Stomp. [MORE]
His highly distinctive trumpet playing and his remarkable achievements as one of the chief architects of New Orleans RB during the late '40s and early '50s as a producer (notably of Fats Domino) and his prolific song writing attracted a considerable amount of attention. However what is often neglected when discussing his career are his own recordings and this 2CD set from Jasmine attempts to collect together all of these recordings for Imperial records ... [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]
Leroy Holmes was an American songwriter, composer, arranger and conductor. This is a 'must listen' for those who are after the sweep of lustrous violins, muted cellos and the vibrant darkness of violas. You will hear on this collection a cleverly balanced program of arrangements covering five original LPs, Which highlight glorious string sections, big band themes, a selection of Spanish songs, movie themes and a tribute to the great Ray Charles.
The ... [MORE]
With a career spanning almost sixty years, rumours of mob connections and appearing in all three of The Godfather films, Al Martino stands high up on the list of great vocalists of the 20th century. The first tracks in this collection are four of Al Martino's biggest hits: 'Here in my Heart' 'Wanted' 'Take My Heart' and 'Rachel', whilst tracks 6 to 10 are rarely heard standards from his early days.
This wonderful 2CD set isn't just about the hits. Al ... [MORE]
Al Hirt was a very adept player of his chosen instrument, the trumpet. In fact it is fair to say that from a relatively young age he was a virtuoso player and often overqualified for a lot of the Dixieland and pop music that he loved to perform. Featured here are three volumes of his 'Singin' Dixie!' series and they include many great standards such as 'Tiger Rag', 'Saints', 'South Rampart Street Parade' and many more! Glorious stereo across this whole ... [MORE]
Long before he'd evolved into a fully-fledged cult figure, Joe Meek was the UK's first fully independent record producer. This unique 2CD set traces his career from his earliest sessions, as a sound balance engineer in the mid-'50s, to his emergence as a major songwriter and hit maker in the early '60s. It includes many of Meek's biggest records, including five UK number ones by, Anne Shelton, Lonnie Donegan, Frankie Vaughan, Emile Ford and John Leyton, ... [MORE]
With a pleasing voice, a good varying choice of material, excellent backings and almost 70 singles released from 1951 to 1960, yet Champ never seemed to get the recognition he deserved and became a 'nearly man' to the likes of Billy Eckstine.Listen and indulge yourself with Champ's dulcet tones on sublime tracks such as 'Be My Love', with backing by the Les Brown band or the Paul Weston backed 'Let Me In' plus many more! If you have ever wondered where ... [MORE]
The Fleetwoods were one the few white vocal groups of the late '50s and early '60s to have success on both the pop and RnB charts. 4 original albums: 'Mr Blue' 'Gretchen, Gary and Barbara' 'Softly' and 'Deep in Dreams' wonderfully remastered with many stereo recordings. Includes the international hits, 'Mr. Blue', 'Come Softly to Me' and 'Tragedy'.
The sound created by the two girls and a boy was highly original which gave The Fleetwoods no stylistic ... [MORE]
The Dukes of Dixieland get a tremendous wallop out of their music, and it comes clear and sharp on this collection that The Dukes combine enthusiasm with enormous ability. They were the first jazz band to record in stereo and all four of the albums on this fantastic two CD set are in glorious stereo.
Features many great classics like: 'St. James' Infirmary', 'Dippermouth Blues', 'South Rampart Street Parade', 'Darktown Strutters Ball' and a rare vocal ... [MORE]
Diahann Carroll's is perhaps best known today for being an Actress and appearing in TV classics like 'Dynasty' and most recently the US TV Drama, 'White Collar'. However we at Jasmine feel that her recording career is well overdue a reappraisal and this collection is a perfect introduction to the early years.
The four albums on offer here see her at the peak of her singing career, accompanied by sumptuous orchestrations and the jazz trio of Andre ... [MORE]
The Clancy Brothers were an influential Irish family of folk singers who are widely credited for popularising traditional Irish music in the United States. Best known for their work with Tommy Makem there's little doubt that in the 1960s, The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem were the most popular Irishmen in America. Clad in their trademark Aran sweaters they attacked the stage with boisterous exuberance. They introduced hundreds of songs, well known in ... [MORE]
Roger Williams was certainly the most popular pianist in America during the 20th Century with Billboard magazine still ranking him as the best-selling piano artist in history. Four complete albums: 'With These Hands' 'Always' 'Songs of the Fabulous Fifties' (which includes the No. 1 hit 'Autumn Leaves') and 'Temptation'. Plus three bonus tracks from 'Songs of the Soaring '60s'. Despite his huge popularity in the USA most of his 100 plus albums have never ... [MORE]