Personnel: Papa Celestin [tp] Alphonse Picou [cl] Paul Barnes [as] Sam Lee [ts] Bill Matthews [tb] Mercedes Fields [pn] Harrison Verett [gu] Ricard Alexis [sbs] Christopher “Black Happy” Goldston
Songs: Maryland My Maryland, My Josephine, Marie LaVeau, Eh! La Bas
Personnel: Johnny Dodds [cl] Tiny Parham [pn]
Songs: 19th Street Blues, Loveless Love, Oh Daddy
Personnel: Jelly Roll Morton pn] Henry “Hot Lips” Lavene [tp] Jack Epstein [tb] Alfie Evans [cl] Rudolph Adler [ts] Tony Calucci [gu] Harry Patent [sbs] Nat Lavine [dm]
Songs: Windin’ Boy Blues
Personnel: Jelly Roll Morton [pn]
Songs: King Porter Stomp
Personnel: Sidney Bechet [ss] Joe Sullivan [pn] Pops Foster [sbs] George Wettling [dm]
Songs: Got It & Gone, Sister Kate, Panama
Personnel: Jimmie Noone [cl] Gideon Honore [pn] Henry Fort [sbs] Ed Thompson [v]
Songs: Then You’re Drunk, Moody Melody, I’m Goin’ Home, They Got My Number Now
Personnel: NORK: Wingy Manone [tp] Sidney Arodin [cl] George Brunis [tb] Terry Shand [pn] Bonnie Pottle [sbs] Bob White [dm]
Songs: Bluin’ the Blues, San Antonio Shout, Jazz Me Blues, Tin Roof Blues, Original Dixie Jass Band One-Step, Ostrich Walk, Sensation, Panama
JCCD-3123: Rare Cuts—Well Done # 12: New Orleans Obscurities
Just Jazz—British Jazz Magazine
Volume twelve in a series of 'rare' tracks, which compiler Bill Bissonnette has put together, certainly had me scratching my head for all sorts of reasons, and left me asking myself various questions. Maybe Bill can help in answering them. Are we luckier in the UK in that we have had over the past fifty years more 'treasure trove' recorded material available to us than our counterparts in the States? For instance, the Jelly Roll Morton tracks have been readily available, appearing on various LPs and EPs; Sidney Bechet has long been in the Storyville catalogue, and the Jimmy Noone tracks have turned up on compilation CDs featuring his other recordings.
You may feel this is a criticism (it is not), but I am guessing that Big Bill gets more sales from the UK and Europe than the USA, and because of that, maybe he needs to examine our resources here in the UK before he puts together #13. What is 'rare' in the USA may not be so 'rare' in the UK. Saying that, there are twelve tracks on the CD that, as far as I am concerned, are worth the price of the CD, and they are the four from Papa Celestin and the eight from a re-vamped New Orleans Rhythm Kings.
I am not too sure of the accuracy of the recording date for the Celestins - with this particular personnel I would put it around 1950 - but it is good to hear a recording of a 'working' band in New Orleans. For years the Paddock Lounge resounded to the music of Papa Celestin, and these tracks are reminders of what was on offer to the audiences that visited this nightclub during the late-'40s and early-'50s.
The eight NORK tracks are not the best of transfers: a few hisses, cracks, and pops, but the music rides right through all that. Despite changing musical tides, here in 1934 are three New Orleanians who are determined not to lose their musical identity. Wingy's Bunk-like lead, and Brunies' tailgate trombone combine with the lovely tone of clarinettist Sidney Arodin (aka Arondin), and they are very well supported by a 'New York' rhythm section that has in it that very underrated drummer, Bob White, playing in the New Orleans idiom.
Sorry Bill, but as I said, I have a few reservations, with some tracks readily available, but let me add, though, that all the music is good, and in places tasty and excellent. I look forward to your choices for #13.
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