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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]
Forever associated with Kansas City, the great tenor saxophonist Lester Young joined forces with Count Basie between 1938-1944 to create some of the most distinctive sounds in swing. Young participated in four separate recording sessions with the 'Kansas City' tag, each capturing perfectly the balance of soloists with on-the-hoof structure that was the hallmark of the city's legendary jam sessions. This compilation pools together all the master takes from ... [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 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 ... [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]