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MUGGSY SPANIER - Relaxin' At The Touro - His 46 Finest - Double CD

MUGGSY SPANIER - Relaxin' At The Touro - His 46 Finest - Double CD
CD / Product Number: RTS4254

Magnificent Muggsy! Another of the all-time greats of jazz trumpet is added to the Retrospective roster. Inspired by King Oliver, Chicago-born Francis Joseph Julian “Muggsy” Spanier (1901–1967) developed a unique sound for his cornet playing – especially a wonderful skill with mutes – and a lusty, driving lead to his Dixieland-style bands. Relaxin’ At The Touro (his tribute to the doctor who saved his life in 1938 at the Touro Infirmary) has been taken as the title for this compendium of Muggsy’s finest work, covering his career from his first (pre-electric) session with The Bucktown Five in 1924 to his performances in the mid-50s with such as Earl Hines. Unusually for Retrospective we have chosen to dedicate the first CD to all 16 of the superlative Ragtime Band recordings of 1939, always referred to as “The Great Sixteen”, and to all eight of the 1940 quartet recordings he made with Sidney Bechet as “The Bechet-Spanier Big Four” – both high points in the history of classic jazz.
Enhanced by fellow-trumpeter Digby Fairweather’s booklet notes, this is altogether a superb addition to Retrospective’s series of top jazz trumpeters.


Disc 1: 1939-1940

THE GREAT SIXTEEN - Muggsy Spanier and his Ragtime Band
Big Butter And Egg Man
Someday Sweetheart
That Da-Da Strain
At The Jazz Band Ball
I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
Dippermouth Blues
Livery Stable Blues
Riverboat Shuffle
Relaxin At The Touro
At Sundown
Bluin The Blues
The Lonesome Road
Black And Blue
Mandy Make Up Your Mind
THE BIG FOUR - The Bechet-Spanier Big Four
Four Or Five Times
Sweet Lorraine
Lazy River
China Boy
If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight
That's A Plenty
Squeeze Me
Sweet Sue Just You

Disc 2: 1924-1957

The Bucktown Five
Mobile Blues
The Chicago Rhythm Kings
There'll Be Some Changes Made
Ted Lewis and his Band
Lewisada Blues
Royal Garden Blues
Ben Pollock and his Pick A Rib Boys
My Wild Irish Rose
Lee Wiley
Down To Steamboat Tennessee
Sugar That Sugar Baby Of Mine
Muggsy Spanier and his Orchestra/Ragtimers
Little David Play On Your Harp
Hesitating Blues
Two O'clock Jump
Weary Blues
Snag It!
Oh Lady Be Good!
September In The Rain
Memphis Blues
Muggsy Spanier and his Jazz Band
Feather Brain Blues
Muggsy Special
When My Dreamboat Comes Home
Tin Roof Blues
Hines-Spanier All Stars
A Monday Date