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CD / Product Number: URCD018

The third selection of CDs features A Portrait of Sister Rosetta Tharpe The One and Only Queen of Hot Gospel, A Portrait of Bunk Johnson – Bunk’s Blues, A Portrait of Louis Armstrong – Birth of the All Stars and A Portrait of Louis Prima – Sing Sing Sing.


Disc 1: A Portrait of SISTER ROSETTA THARPE - The One and Only Queen of Hot Gospel

Tracks 1 - 6 Sister Rosetta Tharpe vocal and guitar - New York , October 31 1938
Tracks 7-8 Sister Rosetta Tharpe vocal and guitar (1) with Lucky Millinder and his Orchestra William ‘Chiefie’ Scott, Archie Johnson, Nelson Bryant trumpets George Stevenson, Donald Cole, Eli Robinson, trombones George James, Billy Bowen, alto saxes Buster Bailey, clarinet, tenor sax, Stafford Simon tenor sax, Ernest Purce baritone sax Bill Doggett piano Trevor Bacon guitar Abe Bolar bass Panama Francis drums Millinder leader
Track 9 As tracks 7/8 except Tharpe does not play guitar, Floyd Brady and Edward Morant replace Cole and Robinson trombones and Ted Barnett replaces Bowen on alto
Track 10 As track 9 except Tharpe electric guitar, Freddie Webster replaces Scott trumpet, Sandy Williams replaces Brady trombone, Sterling Marlow guitar, George Duvivier bass
Tracks 11-14 Sister Rosetta Tharpe vocal/guitar and Marie Knight vocal with Sam Price Trio: Sammy Price piano Pops Foster bass, Kenny Clarke drums
Tracks 15-21 As last except Abe Bolar bass Harold `Doc’ West drums
Tracks 22-23 Sister Rosetta Tharpe vocal/guitar ,accompanied by the James Roots Quartet, Roots organ Grady Martin guitar Billy Taylor bass Herbert Cowans drums The Rosetta Gospel Singers: Sarah Brooks first soprano Lottie Henry second soprano Barbara Johnson first contralto Erma Wallace second contralto
Track 24 BONUS TRACK A location recording of The Wedding Ceremony of Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Russell Morrison conducted by Reverend Samuel Kelsey, pastor of the Church of God in Christ, at Griffith Stadium ,Washington D.C. on July 3 1951.

1: Rock Me
2: I Looked Down The Line (And I Wondered)
3: God Don't Like It
4: The End of My Journey
5: Sit Down
6: Just A Closer Walk with Thee
7: Trouble in Mind
8: Rock Daniel
9: Four or Five Times
10: That's All
11: Didn't It Rain
12: Beams of Heaven
13: Up Above My Head I Hear Music In The Air
14: Precious Memories
15: Strange Things Happen Every Day
16: How Far From God
17: When I Move to the Sky
18: Jesus Is Here To Stay
19: This Train
20: Family Prayer
21: Use Me Lord
22: Where Were You When They Crucified My Lord
23: The Bells of St Mary's
24: Bonus Track - The Wedding 1951

Disc 2: A Portrait of BUNK JOHNSON - Bunk's Blues

Bunk Johnson’s Original Superior Band - 11 June 1942 New Orleans
Bunk Johnson trumpet, Jim Robinson trombone, George Lewis clarinet, Walter Decou piano, Lawrence Marrero banjo, Austin Young bass, Ernest Rogers drums
1) Bunk’s Blues 2) Ballin’ The Jack
Bunk Johnson’s Jazz Band - 2 October 1942 New Orleans
Bunk Johnson trumpet, Albert Warner trombone, George Lewis clarinet, Walter Decou piano, Lawrence Marrero banjo, Chester Zardis bass, Edgar Moseley drums
3) Big Chief Battle Axe
4) When I Leave The World Behind
5) Thriller Rag
Bunk Johnson and the Yerba Buena Bazz Band - Spring 1944 San Francisco
Bunk Johnson trumpet and vocal, Turk Murphy trombone, Ellis Horn clarinet, Burt Bales piano, Pat Patton banjo, Squire Girsback brass bass, Clancy Hayes drums and vocal, Sister Lottie Peavay vocals
6) Ory’s Creole Trombone
7) When I Move To The Sky
8) Down By The Riverside
Sydney Bechet/Bunk Johnson - 10 March 1945 New York
Bunk Johnson trumpet, Sydney Bechet clarinet, Sandy Williams trombone, Cliff Jackson piano, Pops Foster bass, Manzie Johnson drums
9) Days Beyond Recall
10) Porto Rico
Sydney Bechet and his New Orleans Rhythm Kings - 3 April 1945 Boston, MA
Bunk Johnson trumpet, Sydney Bechet clarinet, Ray Parker piano, Pops Foster bass, George Thompson drums
11) Sobbin’ Blues
12) Willie The Weeper
Bunk Johnson’s New Orleans Band - 21 November 1945 New York
Bunk Johnson trumpet, Jim Robinson trombone, George Lewis clarinet, Lawrence Marrero banjo, Alton Purnell piano, Slow Drag Pavageau bass, Baby Dodds drums
13) Alexander’s Ragtime Band
14) Tishomingo Blues
Bunk Johnson and his New Orleans Band - Track 15 recorded 6 December 1945 New York
Track 16 and 17 recorded 19 December 1945 New York
Personnel the same as tracks 13 and 14
15) Sister Kate
16) One Sweet Letter From You
17) When The Saints

Disc 3: A Portrait of LOUIS ARMSTRONG - From Burgundy Street to Berlin

Tracks 1-3 Carnegie Hall February 1947
Louis Armstrong with Edmond Hall and his Cafe Society Uptown Orchestra Louis Armstrong trumpet, vocals - Mouse Randolph trumpet - Henderson Chambers trombone - Edmond Hall clarinet - Charles Bateman piano - Johnny Williams bass, vocals - Jimmy Crawford drums
Tracks 4-7 Town Hall, New York May 1947
Louis Armstrong - Dick Cary piano - Bob Haggart bass - Sidney Catlett drums
Tracks 8-12 Winter Garden Theatre, New York June 1947
Louis Armstrong - Bobby Hackett cornet - Jack Teagarden trombone - Peanuts Hucko clarinet, tenor sax - Ernie Caceras baritone and bass sax - Dick Cary piano - Jack Lesberg bass - George Wetting or Sidney Catlett drums
Tracks 13-14 Los Angeles August 1947
Louis Armstrong - Tommy Dorsey trombone - Benny Goodman clarinet - Charlie Barnet alto sax - Lionel Hampton vibes - Mel Powell piano - Al Hendrickson guitar - Harry Babasin bass - Louis Bellson drums
Track 15 Paris March 1948 - Louis Armstrong and the All Stars
Louis Armstrong - Jack Teagarden - Barney Bigard clarinet - Earl Hines piano - Arvell Shaw bass - Sidney Caltlett
Tracks 16-18 New York September 1949 - NBC TV, Eddie Condon Floor Show
Louis Armstrong - Bobby Hackett - Jack Teagarden - Peanuts Hucko - Ernie Cacares - Joe Bushkin piano - Eddie Condon - Jack Lesberg - George Wetting
Track 19 New York, September 1949
Louis Armstrong - Jack Teagarden - Joe Bushkin - Eddie Condon - Arvell Shaw - George Wetting Track 20 New York June 1949 - NBC TV Eddie Condon Floor Show
Louis Armstrong - Jack teagarden - Peanuts Hucko - Ernie Cacares - Joe Bushkin - Jack Lesberg - Sidney Cattlett
Track 21 New York March 1949 - Louis Armstrong and the All Stars
Louis Armstrong - Trummy Young trombone - Barney Bigard clarinet - Bud Freeman tenor sax - Billy Kyle piano - Arvell Shaw - Kenny John drums
1: Save it Pretty Mama
2: Mahogony Hall Stomp
3: (What I Did to be So) Black and Blue
4: Cornet Chop Suey
5: A Monday Date
6: Dear Old Southland
7: Big Butter and Egg Man
8: Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
9: Muskrat Ramble
10: Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?
11: Someday You'll be Sorry
12: Tiger Rag
13: A Song was Born
14: Goldwyn Stomp
15: Ain't Misbehavin'
16: Royal Garden Blues
17: Back O' Town Blues
18: Me and Brother Bill
19: Rockin' Chair
20: Struttin' with Some Barbecue - When it's Sleepy Time Down South
21: Basin Street Blues

Disc 4: A Portrait of LOUIS PRIMA - Sing, Sing, Sing

Tracks 1-2 Louis Prina and The Hotcha Trio - Chicago 1933
Tracks 3-4 Louis with Joe Venuti and his Orchestra - Radio transcriptions 1934
Track 5-8Louis and His New Orleans Gang - NYC 1934
Tracks 9-12 Louis and his New Orleans Gang - NYC 1935
Track 13-15 1936
Track 14 with the 3 Stafford Sisters
Tracks 16-17 Live broadcast 1939
Tracks 18-19 Louis Prima and his Orchestra NYC 1944
Tracks 20-21 Louis and Keely Smith with Sam Butera and his Witnesses - Hollywood 1956

1: Chinatown, My Chinatown
2: Dinah
3: My Monday Date
4: I'm Confessin'
5: That's Where The South Begins
6: Sing It Way Down Low
7: Let's Have A Jubilee
8: Worry Blues
9: Put On An Old Pair Of Shoes
10: The Lady In Red
11: In A Little Gypsy Tearoom
12: How'm I Doin'?
13: Sing, Sing, Sing
14: Let's Get Together And Sing
15: Let's Have Fun
16: Stairway To The Stars
17: Should I?
18: Robin Hood
19: The White Cliffs of Dover
20: Buona Sera
21: Just A GigiloI Ain't Got Nobody Medley