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EDMOND HALL - Profoundly Blue - Hiss 22 Finest 1937-1944

EDMOND HALL - Profoundly Blue - Hiss 22 Finest 1937-1944
CD / Product Number: RTR4286

This profile of clarinettist Edmond Hall (1901-1967) – one of the greatest of the New Orleans jazz giants – makes a superb addition to the Retrospective jazz list. Hall’s individual style was instantly recognizable, with its broad, fast vibrato. His was hot, fiery music, full of drive and biting attack – yet he possessed a wonderful feeling for the blues.
Profoundly Blue presents a portrait of Edmond Hall’s best work during his prime years, from 1937 to 1944. The title track is one of the altogether remarkable performances of his 1941 Celeste Quartet with Meade Lux Lewis and Charlie Christian (Jammin’ In Four). He is then heard with bands led by Billie Holiday (Me, Myself And I), Lionel Hampton (My Buddy), Red Allen (Down In Jungle Town), Zutty Singleton (King Porter Stomp) and Coleman Hawkins with Art Tatum (Esquire Blues).
A dozen tracks emanate from the great sessions Edmond Hall had leading his own groups in 1943 and 1944: his Blue Note Jazz Men with Vic Dickenson and James P. Johnson (High Society), his Sextet with Emmett Berry (The Man I Love), his All Star Quintet with Red Norvo (Rompin’ in 44), his Swingtet with the great baritone sax of Harry Carney (It’s Been So Long) and finally his Quartet with the elegant Teddy Wilson (Caravan). Benny Goodman himself was once quoted as saying: For jazz clarinet give me Ed Hall – his feel for hot music is perfect!


1. Edmond Hall Blues
2. Jammin’ In Four
3. Profoundly Blue
Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra
4. Me, Myself And I
Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra
5. My Buddy
Henry 'Red' Allen and His Orchestra
6. Down In Jungle Town
7. Canal Street Blues
Zutty Singleton and His Orchestra
8. King Porter Stomp
9. Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble
Edmond Hall and His Blue Note Jazz Men
10. High Society
11. Night Shift Blues
Coleman Hawkins and The Leonard Feather All Stars
12. Esquire Blues
Edmond Hall and His Sextet
13. The Man I Love
14. Downtown Café Boogie
Edmond Hall and His All Star Quintet
15. Rompin’ In ’44
16. Smooth Sailing
Edmond Hall and His Swingtet
17. It’s Been So Long
18. Big City Blues
Edmond Hall and His Quartet
19. Sleepy Time Gal
20. It Had To Be You
21. Caravan
22. Show Piece