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more comprehensive approach to the output of this exceptional European band whose repertoire contained many more interesting-looking titles.
John R.T. Davies
Geòrgie; Baby How You Let Me Down; Oh Honey; There'll Be Some Changes Made; Kitchen Man; Jelly Bean Blues; Stop It Joe; My Handy Man; How Can You Leave Me; One And Tow Blues; Blue River; Nothing Can Change This Love; Percolatin' Blues
VJM LC 16 Mono
Formerly on Stomp (ROBB 001), this is VJM’s latest issue of The Southern Stompers and is oriented towards the band’s vocalist, Michele. The band plays an accompanist role for the most part, not always an easy job for a hot jazz group, and there are most satisfying performances from leader Steve Lane on cornet, trombonist Bob Dwyer, reedman John Wurr, and pianist Hugh Crozier, the latter especially deserving a larger platform for his talent.
How you like your vocalists will decide whether or not you’ll go for this issue. To my ears Michele is not a growling barrelhouse shouter — she’s more of a Lee Wiley than a Bessie Smith and, if she’ll forgive me for saying so, she has a “come to bed” appeal. Nothing Can Change This Love has a most endearing lyric, admirably suited to her style, the type of thing that Peggy Lee does so well
— and Peggy Lee could not have produced a better version than that here. The band’s chordal type backing is excellently scored and, with exploitation, this one track could turn Michele into star material.
Kitchen Man and My Handy Man, whilst good jazz club material, are not really good vehicles for a singer such as Michele, and I’d much rather have had more of Steve Lane’s compositions included, for Geòrgie, Baby How You Let Me Down, Oh Honey and How Can You Leave Me display a rapport that exists between leader and vocalist, and amply illustrate the product of a good working partnership.
A slightly patchy issue for the reasons
I’ve given, but there’s more that I like than I dislike, and I shall be entertained by this for quite some time.
John G. Featherstone THE WORKS OF DUKE - Integrale Vol. 6
What Good Am I Without You(-l,-4); Blue Again; When A Black Man's Blue(-2,-4); Mood Indigo; The River And Me; Keep A Song In Your Soul//Sam And Delilah; Rockin' In Rhythm(-1 .-2); Creole Rhapsody; Limehouse Blues; Echoes Of The Jungle
As usual there’s a lot of cleaning up that could have been done, but the general quality is clean and crisp. Creole Rhapsody evidently came from a gritty original. No gimmicking or adverse recharacterisation. The alternates on side 1 are from different sessions and exhibit greater differences than those between the two Rockin ’ In Rhythms which follow. All fine music as must be expected of Duke at this period.... and, of course, essential to those of us who have taken the trouble to obtain the previous five volumes.
Peter Woodford HINES PLAYS HINES - Earl Hines
My Monday Date; Chimes Blues; Piano Man; I Can't Trust Myself Alone; When I Dream Of You; Ann; So Can I; Tosca's Dance; Everything Depends On You; You Can Depend On Me
Swaggie S 1320 (stereo)
Over the past few years there has been a proliferation of Hines LPs — very welcome to admirers like myself, but probably creating a major problem of choice to collectors who only want one or two representative discs. Choice is made even more difficult by the duplication of titles on different recordings. I have completely lost track of the number of Hines versions I have of Rosetta, Monday Date and Caution Blues and, although the master always manages to come up with something fresh on each recording, perhaps the time has come for him finally to leave these well-loved themes out of his recording sessions.
These recordings were made in Sydney last year. The recording quality leaves nothing to be desired and Hines himself was
NOW AVAILABLE...............
* FJ-108
MUGGSY SPANIER 1924-1928 ‘Richmond and Chicago Days’
Complete recorded output of the Bucktown Five, The Stomp Six, Charles Pierce and his Orchestra and The Jungle Kings.
---all the early Spaniers!
* FB-301
IDA COX, Volume 1
The first 16 tracks of this fine classic blues singer, featuring exciting Tommy Ladnier, one of the greatest blues cornetists. Electrifying transfers of acoustic recordings!
Previous items from our steadily growing catalogue which we hope will find a place on your shelves are:
FJ-101 ODJB (the Aeolian issues)/Louisiana Five FJ-102 Ladd’s Black Aces, vol. 1 (The first 16 tracks)
FJ-103 Naylor’s Seven Aces (All 17 Gennett tracks)
FJ-104 Jelly Roll Morton (All the Gennett, Paramount and Rialto solos — 19 tracks)
FJ-105 Lovie Austin (The complete set of Paramount band sides)
FJ-106 Ladd’s Black Aces, vol.2 (The second 16 tracks)
FJ-107 Red Onion Jazz Babies/Cook’s Dreamland Orchestra/Keppard’s Jazz Cardinals FV-201 Annette Hanshaw, vol. 1 (Her first 15 numbers)
Scheduled for release this year.............
EDITH WILSON with Johnny Dunn ** ANNETTE HANSHAW Vol. 2 ** RED NICHOLS with the Red Heads, We Three and Six Hottentots (33 sides in a special double album) ** Plus others which will be announced in due this space for further details.
Fountain LPs are available from any specialised record dealer or direct from:
Retrieval Recordings Ltd., 48 Eversley Avenue, Bamehurst, Kent DA7 6RB
Price: Inland - £2.20 each, plus 15p p/p. Overseas - £2.00 ($5.00) each plus 30p (75^) per two records or part thereof.