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Frog Blues Annual No 2 is is jam packed with information and photos, and looks fantastic!
Its contents Include: New original research and articles by Mark Berresford, Paul Swinton, Bruce Bastin, Russ Shor, Alex Van Der Tuuk, Howard Rye, Chris Hillman and many others. 'Blues and Jazz Advertised' from the era of the 78 record plus reprints of many 'lost' interviews and articles from the artists themselves. And more stunning original portrait artwork by ... [MORE]
This No1 collector edition is available a new and important book for all lovers of Blues and Jazz music from the era of the 78 record. Containing original research articles by renowned writers Chistopher Hillman, Paul Swinton, Terry Heath, John Collinson, Howard Rye, Richard Rains, Joe Moore, Max Haymes, John Wilby and many others. Reprints and updates on 'lost' articles by Fred Cox and Mac McCormick, plus original portrait artwork by Chris Powell.
Classic Blues performances by Jim Jackson, Frank Stokes, Tommy Johnson, Charlie Kaye, Dan Sane, Will Shade, Hattie Hart and Minnie Wallace. Including alternate takes, rare tests and previously un-issued tracks. Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee in 1928 and 1929.
25 Tracks remastered by Nick Dallow. [MORE]
This exciting release features many first time re-issues of alternative takes, test pressings and impossibly rare issues of 1920's black bands featuring both the legends and 'lost' musicians of classic hot jazz. Tracks and bands inside... [MORE]
This third volume follows in the footsteps of its illustrious predecessors and contains red hot jazz rarities, alternate takes, sleepers and unissued masters, selected from 1920s recordings by US white bands. Most collectors will know some of these bands, but not many will have heard of them all, and fewer still will own more than a smattering of the recordings. As Max Easterman comments, in his excellent liner note, such recordings generally receive less ... [MORE]
Oscar 'Bernie' Young was born in New Orleans but his big break came when he moved to Chicago where he made these rare Paramount and Okeh recordings in 1923 and 1926. These are complemented on this CD by three Okeh tracks, also from 1926.
These recordings feature the talents of Young's Creole Band, Ollie Powers, Viola Bartlette, Blyth's Sinful Five, Ozzie McPherson, Ida Cox, Ma Rainey and Arthur Sims and his Creole Orchestra. Full details inside. [MORE]
Red hot jazz rarities, alternate takes,sleepers and unissued masters. 14 great bands - 26 ace tracks. This second batch of Frog Spawn contains some remarkably good eggs from a wide variety of bands and groups! The notables here are James P> Johnson, Fats Waller, The Louisiana Sugar Babes, Walter Bennett and Fess Williams' trombone player David 'Jelly' James of the Royal Flush Orchestra. Full details inside. [MORE]
Earl McDonald was an early pioneer jug blower, and is remembered as one of the first actively to promote the band around his native Louisville. Altough he is often called the 'King' of the Jug Bands, only these rare Columbia and Okeh recordings survive to bear witness to his colourful and talented performer.
Featuring Sara Martin's Jug Band, Old Southern Jug Band, Clifford's Louisville Jug Band, Earl McDonald's Original Louisville Jug Band, Jimmy ... [MORE]
The First in a new Frog Series, FROG SPAWN. Red Hot Rarities, Alternate takes, unissued masters, one-off sides and sleepers!
They are the recordings that time forgot - but that collectors have called out for. A testament to the great music from King Oliver and his Orchestra, Earl Hines and his Orchestra, Thomas Morris and his Seven Hot Babies, Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra, Paul Davis and his Orchestra, Texas Blues Destroyers, Frankie ... [MORE]
King Mutt and His Tennesse Thumpers plus Frank Melrose, Thomas' Devils, Kansas City Tin Roof Stompers, Kansas City Stompers, Dixie Four, Midnight Rounders and Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band [MORE]
Composed of musicians largely from St Louis and Kansas City, the Missourians were one of the most exciting aggregatons on the New York scene. While in residence at The Cotton Club betweeb 1924-1927, the band changed its name to the Cotton Club Orchestra, recordings for both Columbia and Gennett. After leaving the Cotton Club on the death of bandleader Andy Preer, they toured extensively with the acclaimed singer Ethel Waters, finally returning to New York ... [MORE]
When the Original Dixieland Jazz Band first burst recorded for Victor, they completely changed the face of popular music, and countless others tried to emulate them in the years that followed. Lanin's Southern Serenaders was one such band in the early 20s, recordings for a number of labels including Hy-Tone, Regal, Banner and Gennett. Here we feature 24 great tracks from sessions recorded in New York for these labels between 1921- 1922.
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For a decade or so in the mid 1920s the vibrant music scene in Dallas, Texas earned it the reputation as one of the 'hottest' cities in the South. At the heart of this was Deep Ellum, the downtown area of clubs and theatres which became an essential destination for the major record companies. Columbia, Brunswick and QRS are all represented here. Artists featured are Lillian Ginn, Hattie Hudson, Leroy's Dallas Band, Hattie Burleson, Ben Norsingle, ... [MORE]
Volume 3 in this popular series of recordings of Django Reinhardt with some of the great bands of the age. The album contains no quartet sides at all, the small group sides being solos, duets or trios, but the Quintet's frequent bassist, Louis Vola turns up in the rhythm section of the bands led by Michael Warlop and Jack Hylton alumnis Philippe Brun. We also have the last session featuring Benny Carter before his return to the Satate.
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The California Ramblers was one of the most successful hot dance bands of the 1920 who made copious recordings under that name and a total of 17 pseudonyms! The Birmingham Babies was one such pseudonym and was used for recordings on the Pathe Actuelle label. Featuring Bill Moore, Adrian Rolini, Irving Brodsky, Ray Kitchingman, Stan King plus Red Nichols and Frank Crush on certain tracks. 26 tracks in all [MORE]
In the annals of Jazz, Perry Bradford is remembered as the man who started the 'Blues Craze' which swept the USA in 1920 following the release on Okeh of two compositions - Crazy Blues and It's Right Here For You sung by Mamie Smith - the first black songs performed by a black singer fronting a black band and recorded by a white company. All his other achievements as impressario, pianist, songwriter, publisher and musical director have ... [MORE]
25 tracks from 1929-1933 from Earl Hines and the boys! Earl Hines was so original that nobody could copy him! He had no need to assume a title like King, Duke or Count as he was born and names Earl Hines and immediately took to the piano. His originality was second to none, as these early sessions proove. Full details inside. [MORE]
The QRS Recordings Volume 2 remastered by Ted Kendall
Featuring Katherine Henderson accompanied by Clarence Williams and his Orchestra
Sara Martin with Clarence Williams' Orchestra
Clarence Williams and his Orchestra
Laura Bryant with Clarence Williams' Orchestra
Barrell House Five [MORE]
In the early years of the twentieth century New York - the commercial centre for music and the arts - was a magnet to the black musicians who flocked there in their thousands. Nightclubs, theatres and ballrooms proliferated and in Harlem alone they numbered more than seventy! The abundance of great bands is reflected in this second release of Columbia recordings cut between 1927-1931. 25 tracks of superb thumping music that is second to none! ... [MORE]
These are the complete Victor, Gramophone and Arc Recordings of virtuoso jazz violinist Eddie South from the years 1927-1934. Band combinations featured are Eddie South and his Alabamians, Eddie South and his International Orchestra and Eddie South and his Orchestra. The recordings were made in Chicago, New York and Paris - 25 tracks in total. [MORE]
This is volume 2 of the Frog recordings of Bernie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra. Often called 'the heart of America', Kansas City lies in the centre of the USA where the Kansas and Missouri rivers meet. This volume contains all extant recordings of the band to 17th July 1929. They have a lot to recommend them - a distinctive band style, original tunes played with verve and at their best, a superb swinging ensemble. Not to be missed.
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Featuring Lamar Wright, Ed Lewis, Thamon Hayes, Harlan Leonard, Woody Walder, LaForest Dent, Vernon Page, Willie McWashington
25 tracks from 1926-1928 [MORE]
Chicago, from the late 1920s onwards was home to many bands of 10 or more musicians, and these big bands were untouched for energy, drive and excitement, as this CD will testify. So just sit back and enjoy!
Bands featured here are:
Tracks 1-2 Sunset Band
Tracks 3-8 Elgar's Creole Orchestra
Tracks 9-10 Fess Williams and his Joy Boys
Tracks 11-12 Carroll Dickerson's Savoy Orchestra
Tracks 13-22 Walter Barnes and his Royal ... [MORE]