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Fats Waller - 1935 (1994) (Re-up)

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Fats Waller - 1935 (1994) (Re-up)

Fats Waller - 1935 (1994)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 221 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 156 MB | Covers - 4 MB
Genre: Early Jazz, Swing, Stride | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 746)

One of several Classics discs chronicling Waller's vast amount of Bluebird combo sides from the '30s and '40s, this roundup of some of the pianist's 1935 offerings includes many fine cuts but doesn't quite rank with the maestro's best work. Featuring Waller's longstanding Fats Waller & His Rhythm band, the 22 numbers may not include any original material, but there is still more than enough in the way of indelible performances. This is especially true for a wonderful "Lulu's Back in Town," the Coots and Gillespie rarity "Whose Honey Are You?," and "Rosetta."

Sidney Bechet - 1940 (1991) (Re-up)

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Sidney Bechet - 1940 (1991) (Re-up)

Sidney Bechet - 1940 (1991)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 241 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 170 MB | Covers (3 MB) included
Genre: Early Jazz, Dixieland | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 619)

Classics' chronological reissue of Bechet's recordings (at least the regular takes) continues with a pair of songs made with blues singer Josh White, eight very enjoyable performances cut with a quartet consisting of cornetist Muggsy Spanier, guitarist Carmen Mastren and bassist Wellman Braud, and a pair of Bechet's Victor sessions. This is one of the strongest entries in this valuable series.

Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra - 1931 (1990) (Re-up)

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Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra - 1931 (1990) (Re-up)

Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra - 1931 (1990)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 337 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 178 MB | Covers (7 MB) included
Genre: Early Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 555)

Even with such strong players as trumpeters Bobby Stark and Rex Stewart, trombonist Benny Morton and tenor-saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, the fortunes of Fletcher Henderson's orchestra were slipping during 1931. With the departure of Don Redman several years earlier, the group's arrangements were less innovative, and the pressure was on to perform commercial songs for the Depression audience. Even the jazz standards (such as "Tiger Rag" and "After You've Gone") are less interesting than those of their competitors, although this new version of "Sugar Foot Stomp" is a classic and the strong solos by the all-star cast make this CD well worth acquiring.

Fletcher Henderson - The Crown King of Swing [Recorded 1931] (1985) [Reissue 1994]

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Fletcher Henderson - The Crown King of Swing [Recorded 1931] (1985) [Reissue 1994]

Fletcher Henderson - The Crown King of Swing [Recorded 1931] (1985) [Reissue 1994]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 142 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 86 MB | Covers - 16 MB
Genre: Early Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Savoy Jazz/Nippon Columbia (SV-0254)

In 1931 the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra recorded ten titles for the low-budget Crown label. This LP includes all ten numbers plus two alternate takes, giving Henderson's band a chance to play material generally not associated with their early brand of swing including such tunes as "After You've Gone," "Stardust," "Tiger Rag" and even "Twelfth Street Rag." It is interesting to hear trumpeters Bobby Stark and Rex Stewart, trombonist J.C. Higginbottham and tenorman Coleman Hawkins soloing on this unlikely material.

Fletcher Henderson - Tidal Wave (The Original Decca Recordings) [Recorded 1931-1934] (1994)

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Fletcher Henderson - Tidal Wave (The Original Decca Recordings) [Recorded 1931-1934] (1994)

Fletcher Henderson - Tidal Wave (The Original Decca Recordings) [Recorded 1931-1934] (1994)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 180 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 147 MB | Covers - 15 MB
Genre: Early Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Decca Jazz/GRP Records (GRD-643)

Fletcher Henderson's five Decca sessions are reissued in full on this fine CD. The 1931 and 1934 big bands are showcased. While the former group (heard on eight numbers) features such soloists as trumpeters Bobby Stark and Rex Stewart, trombonist Benny Morton, and Coleman Hawkins on tenor, the later group showcases trumpeter Red Allen, trombonist Claude Jones, clarinetist Buster Bailey, and tenor Ben Webster; altoist Benny Carter has a guest appearance on "Liza." Highlights of these early swing performances include "Sugar Foot Stomp," "Singin' the Blues" (which has Rex Stewart paying tribute to Bix Beiderbecke), the atmospheric "Radio Rhythm," "Big John's Special," "Down South Camp Meetin'," and "Rug Cutter's Swing." Excellent music that proves that swing did not begin with Benny Goodman in 1935.

McKinney's Cotton Pickers - 1930-1931 / Don Redman And His Orchestra - 1939-1940 (1992)

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McKinney's Cotton Pickers - 1930-1931 / Don Redman And His Orchestra - 1939-1940 (1992)

McKinney's Cotton Pickers - 1930-1931 / Don Redman And His Orchestra - 1939-1940 (1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 318 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 180 MB | Covers (7 MB) included
Genre: Early Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 649)

The Classics label's superb series of McKinney's Cotton Pickers releases continues with this set, which features recordings from the original group as well as performances from Don Redman's swing orchestra of the late 1930s.

Louisiana Rhythm Kings - 1929-1930 (2003)

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Louisiana Rhythm Kings - 1929-1930 (2003)

Louisiana Rhythm Kings - 1929-1930 (2003)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 185 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 170 MB | Covers (7 MB) included
Genre: Early Jazz, New Orleans Jazz, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS1313)

Like the Charleston Chasers, the Louisiana Rhythm Kings existed entirely as a studio recording ensemble. The time frame is even the same; both bands operated during those fascinatingly pivotal years of 1929 and 1930. The Louisiana Rhythm Kings were at first nothing more or less than a variable version of Red Nichols & His 5 Pennies, or in the case of the sessions recorded February 20 and April 23, 1929, the last vestiges of Red & Miff's Stompers. Miff Mole's trombone acted as the gravitational center of most every band he ever worked with, while Red was usually the next best thing to his idol, Bix Beiderbecke. Some of the players on the first three selections are holdovers from the Stompers sessions of several years earlier…

Willie "The Lion" Smith - 1925-1937 (1992)

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Willie "The Lion" Smith - 1925-1937 (1992)

Willie "The Lion" Smith - 1925-1937 (1992)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 221 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 154 MB | Covers - 11 MB
Genre: Early Jazz, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 662)

Willie "The Lion" Smith, one of stride piano's Big Three of the 1920s (along with James P. Johnson and Fats Waller), recorded a lot less than his two friends. In fact, with the exception of two selections apiece with the Gulf Coast Seven in 1925 (which features trombonist Jimmy Harrison and clarinetist Buster Bailey) and 1927's Georgia Strutters (starring singer Perry Bradford, Harrison, and cornetist Jabbo Smith), along with the rare and originally unreleased 1934 solo piano showcase "Finger Buster," this CD does not get started until 1935. Smith's Decca recordings of 1935 and 1937 were formerly quite obscure, showcasing his piano with three different versions of "His Cubs"…

Jack Teagarden - 1930 Studio Sessions (2006)

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Jack Teagarden - 1930 Studio Sessions (2006)

Jack Teagarden - 1930 Studio Sessions (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 272 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 183 Mb | Scans ~ 85 Mb
Dixieland, Swing, Early Jazz | Label: Jazz Oracle | # BDW 8053 | Time: 01:19:55

Singing trombonist Jack Teagarden came up in the jazz and dance bands of his native Texas and the surrounding territories. By the end of the '20s he was making noise with the Eddie Condon mob in New York City, where the South-and-Midwesterners quickly learned that authentic, New Orleans-Chicago-styled jazz could be performed in public if you didn't need to eat more than one meal per day. The paying gigs were with society dance bands, and Teagarden made ends meet during the first half of 1930 by serving in the brass sections of orchestras under the direction of Ben Selvin and Sam Lanin, as well as the toothpowder and toothpaste-affiliated Ipana Troubadours. This type of economic problem solving would lead to his being contractually tethered to the Paul Whiteman Orchestra during the years 1933-1939. In 2006, the Jazz Oracle label released a thrilling 25-track collection of recordings that document Teagarden's professional activity during the first grueling months of the Great Depression.

Bennie Moten - Band Box Shuffle (1929-1932) (2CD) (2000)

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Bennie Moten - Band Box Shuffle (1929-1932) (2CD) (2000)

Bennie Moten - Band Box Shuffle (1929-1932) (2CD) (2000)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 276.39 Mb + 260.17 Mb + 52.90 + Mb (Scans) | 02:24:52
Big Band, Early Jazz | Label: Hep Records - HEP CD 1070/2

While most of Bennie Moten's music has been released, a single and complete volume of his important Victor recordings is still missing. Now there's Hep's Band Box Shuffle, which takes in Moten's prime 1929-1932 stretch for the company via 47 superbly remastered tracks. And mirroring the sterling transfers engineer John R.T. Davies has supplied, the liner notes, written by jazz photographer and historian Frank Driggs, provide a hugely readable and exhaustive account of the group's history.

Red Nichols - 1930-1931 (2008)

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Red Nichols - 1930-1931 (2008)

Red Nichols - 1930-1931 (2008)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 193 MB | Covers (5 MB) included
Genre: Early Jazz, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS1462)

Volume six in the complete recordings of trumpeter Red Nichols as reissued by the Classics Chronological Series consists of 25 Victor and Brunswick recordings dating from September 1930 through January 1931, and is especially recommended to those who enjoy Depression-era jazz and pop vocals, with the pop outweighing the jazz by a considerable margin. "On Revival Day," a topical novelty originally released in two parts on flipsides of a 78 rpm record, trombonist Jack Teagarden is backed by a vocal group billed as the Foursome. Forthwith, Nichols' ensemble is garnished at times with a couple of violins and is almost invariably dusted with sugary vocals by Scrappy Lambert, Dick Robertson, Eddie Thomas, Paul Small, and songwriter Harold Arlen…

Willie "The Lion" Smith - 1938-1940 (1993)

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Willie "The Lion" Smith - 1938-1940 (1993)

Willie "The Lion" Smith - 1938-1940 (1993)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 211 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 156 MB | Covers - 20 MB
Genre: Piano Jazz, Early Jazz, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 692)

This is the one Willie "the Lion" Smith CD to get. The bulk of the release features Smith on 14 piano solos from January 10, 1939, performing six standards and eight of his finest compositions. Although Smith (with his derby hat and cigar) could look quite tough, he was actually a sensitive player whose chord structures were very original and impressionistic. On such numbers as "Echoes of Spring" (his most famous work), "Passionette," "Rippling Waters," and "Morning Air," Smith was at his most expressive. In addition, this CD has a couple of collaborations with fellow pianists Joe Bushkin and Jess Stacy and a four-song 1940 swing/Dixieland 1940 session with an octet featuring trumpeter Sidney DeParis. Because of the classic piano solos, this memorable set is quite essential.

Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five - 1925-1926 (1991)

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Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five - 1925-1926 (1991)

Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five - 1925-1926 (1991)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 263 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 176 MB | Covers included
Genre: Early Jazz, New Orleans Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 600)

If one CD compilation could represent a body of work that defined the art of jazz during the mid-'20s, this might be it: cornetist Louis Armstrong's first recordings as leader of his own band, beginning in November of 1925 and covering almost exactly one year of vigorously creative activity as the OKeh record label's hottest act. In addition to Lil Hardin's skills as composer, pianist, arranger, and professional advisor, Armstrong was fortunate to have in his little group rock-solid trombonist Kid Ory and clarinetist Johnny Dodds, who can be heard playing alto sax on "Come Back Sweet Papa" and "Don't Forget to Mess Around"…

Ma Rainey - Mother Of The Blues [5CD Box Set, Recorded 1923-1928] (2007)

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Ma Rainey - Mother Of The Blues [5CD Box Set, Recorded 1923-1928] (2007)

Ma Rainey - Mother Of The Blues [5CD Box Set, Recorded 1923-1928] (2007)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 566 MB | Covers - 9 MB
Genre: Acoustic Blues, Early Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: JSP Records (JSP7793)

This superb five-disc box set gives a sweeping overview of the hugely influential music of blues legend Ma Rainey. Rainey was already a seasoned performer by the time she made her first recordings in 1923, and though she only recorded for six years she cut over 100 songs, many of which went on to become blues classics. Those tunes, including "C.C. Rider," "Bo Weavil Blues," and "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," are here, alongside dozens of other gems. Rainey ranged across styles and settings, from acoustic blues to jazz to jug bands, but her saucy, gritty vocal delivery remained a lynchpin. Given the historical impact of Rainey's output, the set's title - Mother Of The Blues - is no understatement…

Mezz Mezzrow - 1944-1945 (1999)

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Mezz Mezzrow - 1944-1945 (1999)

Mezz Mezzrow - 1944-1945 (1999)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 169 MB | Covers (4 MB) included
Genre: Early Jazz, Dixieland | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS1074)

Mezz Mezzrow was a fascinating and driven character, very involved during the mid-'40s with dynamic elements like Integration, Socialism, Sidney Bechet, Afro-American culture in general, and most emphatically his personal religion, The Blues. Mezz always returned to this idiom, this way of thinking and playing, as if it were home. The trio session that opens this disc is composed of four variations on blues changes. "Feather's Lament," a searching sequel to "Really the Blues," trails off suddenly at the three-and-a-half-minute mark. It is obvious that Mezz was absorbed in his reverie, probably playing with his eyes closed, and lost track of the time. This is a precious little segment of the Mezzrow chronology. Intimate communication between three friends resulted in music of incredible honesty and depth, particularly at slow tempos…