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Running to something under twenty issues, Simcha appears to have been produced by Piccadilly Records as all known issues use Piccadilly masters and were issued on that label originally. Label design is scarlet, white and gold, with all titles in black.
10002 My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes(4360) Cosmopolitan Syncopators (The Waldorfians)
(tpt, alt, ten) Pic 780
10008 Sweet Jennie Lee(5149) Metropole Dance Band (Jock McDermott & His New Carlton Players)
(tpt, bar) Pic 702
10009 Choo Choo(5151 Percy Grant & His Band (?) (fine tpt, ten) Pic 716
10009 Okay Baby(4194) Times Square Syncopators (?) (alt, good arrangement) Pic 719
Our comments above on Silvertone could equally well be applied to this label, except that 10” and 8” versions exist. Sterno masters are used and labels are reddish purple or blue with gold printing.
SX.131 I’m On A See-Saw(S.4166) Solex Dance Band (Casani Club Band)(tpt, alt) Sterno 1562
This was British Homophone’s main label during the late ’twenties and early ’thirties. Two main types are known; the first using chiefly duplications of late Homochord material and having a label design in black, white and blue, whilst the second and more familiar label uses a design in red with gold printing. All known items on both labels are of English origin
Recordings are generally rather poor on the earlier items, but improve greatly during the ’thirties, with some of the later items comparing very favourably with more expensive record labels (Sterno ultimately sold for one shilling). Considering the cheapness of the label and the good distribution they enjoyed (they were sold in branches of Marks and Spencer as well as in more usual outlets) they are surprisingly scarce and many more worthwhile items may yet be discovered.
S, 117 I’m Knee Deep In Daisies(HH.8767) Eddie Norman’s Dance Orch (?)(tpt, good ensemble) Horn ? S 119 Five Feet Two (Eyes Of Blue)( ) Newton Carlisle & His D.O. (Bert Firman s Orch?)
(tpt, alt, vln, ensemble) Horn ?
S 119 Then I’ll Be Happy( ) Newton Carlisle & His D.O. (Bert Firman’s Orch?)(tpt, bjo, ens.) Horn ?
204 On Top Of The World Alone(S.187) Florida Club Dance Band(Tommy Kinsman ^Band^
204 Louise(S.188) ” ” ..................... <& ■»> ORIG
Volume 1: Royal Garden Blues; Effervescent Blues; Blue Skies; 20th Century Special; Little Brown Jug; Coquette; I May Be Wrong; Sextet From Lucia; Sweet Georgia Brown; I Feel So Good; Rose Room; Dawn On The Desert; The Turf; Minute Waltz; Cuttin’ The Campus; I Love You Truly
Collector’s 12-3
Volume 2: From A Flat To C; Undecided; Pastel Blue; Coming Back; FifVs Rhapsody; 9.20 Special; Bugler’s Dilemma; No Blues At All; Rehearsin’ For A Nervous Breakdown; Close Shave; St. Louis Blues; Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes; Then I'll Be Happy; Mop Mop; Can't We Be Friends; Bounce Of The Sugar Plum Fairy
Collector’s 12-4
Always pleasant, but usually totally predictable, the John Kirby band played a highly-organised, rather bland type of music. Some of their original material, cleverly arranged and impeccably played, remains fascinating. A Flat To C and Nervous Breakdown have long been among my favourite records. Against this, there is the frequent use of bizarre and often completely unsuitable themes like Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes and “jazzed-up” (a hideous expression, I agree, but in this case there’s no alternative) classics. Sextet From Lucia, Minute Waltz, Sugar Plum Fairy and the others fit very uncomfortably into the jazz idiom, even in such capable hands as Buster Bailey’s, Billy Kyle’s and Charlie Shavers’s.
Of course, the music was tailored for a purpose. It kept the customers of the Onyx Club happy while they ate and drank. There are no disturbing emotional moments to divert a thirsty man’s attention from his gin. All the solos are fluent, but most of them are instantly forgettable. It’s the sort of jazz I can imagine Victor Sylvester thoroughly approving.
Both records afford a good cross-section of the band’s work. I wouldn’t recommend that anybody but the most avid Kirby fan should buy both. Most collectors will, I think, be happy to have one volume on their shelves for occasional light listening. Which volume? The standard of playing is so consistent throughout that a choice can only be
made on the basis of personal preference for one set of tunes to another. I would go for the second volume, for reasons already explained, but maybe you have been longing all your life for a jazz version of Minute Waltz....
Doug Murray
THE BOOK OF DJANGO by Max Abrams. 188 p. 8V4” x 11”. I1L Soft cover/loose leaf/plastic spiral binder Charles Delaunay’s book on Django has been the standard reference work on the subject for a number of years and it may confidently be stated that this will supplant it, especially as Delaunay himself has been an active participant in its preparation.
A number of new ideas are featured, of which the discussion of the performances and placing them chronologically in Django’s life story are the most important. Welcome too, will be the large microgroove index/ commentary. The text is set in a standard typewriter face, reproduced full size and interspersed with numerous photographs and other illustrations.
My only criticism is that a book of this importance should have been presented in a more durable form, by reducing the page size (which I find a little unwieldy) and going for a proper case-binding, which I’m sure would not have been much more costly than the chosen method. For full details on price, etc. see the advert in issue 48, p. 203.
Laurie Wright
FUD CANDRIX - Introducing Mr. Candrix
Midnite In Harlem; Always; Milenberg Joys; Swing-night In Dixieland; Waddlin’ At The Waldorf; Frankie And Johnny//At The Woodchopper's Ball; Shoot Me The Meat Balls Dominick Boy; Table d'Hote; Introducing Mr. Basie; The Oldest Swinger In Harlem; Broadway Shuffle
Historia H 649
Although hardly vintage jazz, this inexpensive album of Europe’s Count Basie styled orchestra should not pass without mention, for the music is of good quality, and the transfers beautifully clean. The selection is of odd sides apart from the coupling from Telefunken A2737 which appeared just before the war. There is a good case for a