Perhaps I might suggest these CD's for your Christmas stocking?
JAZZ ORACLE CD: "FUD LIVINGSTON"
This CD begins with a previously unissued 1924 test pressing of 'Red Hot'. Fud plays with Ben Pollack and His Californians on this recording. The band later included Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Gil Rodin and Earl Baker. Miller wrote the 'straight' arrangements and Livingston wrote the 'hot' ones. Fud's style caught the attention of Nat Shilkret who ran the popular music department at Victor and brought Fud to New York. Livingston's talent, charm and capacity for drink won him instant acceptance from Red Nichols, Miff Mole, Bix Beiderbecke, Frankie Trumbauer, Joe Venuti and their associates. Recordings on this CD reflect the 'Ultra Modern' Brunswick material that was exemplified by Red Nichols & His Five Pennies where Pee Wee Russell and Fud both played similar styles of clarinet. Included are three collaborations with Max Farley under the name, All Star Orchestra. A special feature of this collection is all six titles by 'Mendello And His Five Gee Gees' as well as the two Lennie Hayton Blue Four sides recorded for Vocalion in 1928. These are among the least known Fud Livingston records.
'Deed I Do
He's The Last Word
Feelin' No Pain
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Add A Little Wiggle
Old Fashioned Girl
Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere
High Hattin' Hattie
Baby's Coming Back
I'm Thru With Love
The Blues Danube
I've Found A New Baby
Moo Collective Personnel: Ben Pollack, Red Nichols, Bix Beiderbecke, Glenn Miller, Arthur Schutt, Carl Kress, Jimmy Dorsey, Eddie Lang, Joe Venuti, Vic Berton, Tommy Dorsey, Adrian Rollini, Miff Mole, more.
Label: JAZZ ORACLE Number: 8060 Item Code: 64334
Producers Colin J. Bray, John Wilby
Transfers and Remastering Hans Eekhoff
Original Recordings Hans Eekhoff, Tim Fitak, Brad Kay, Jim Prohasska, Ate van Delden, Ross Wilby
Liner Notes Brad Kay
RETRIEVAL CD: "THE RHYTHMIC EIGHT"
48 OF THE BEST - 1927-1930
2 CD set. The Rhythmic Eight's leader Bert Firman was commercially minded enough not to wander too far into uncharted territory: his small band would be indubitably hot, but it would still acquiesce to the needs of those who bought records for the simple pleasure of listening or dancing to the latest popular Songs. I Most of the tenor sax and clarinet solos from mid 1928 up to mid 1929 were taken by Johnny Helfer, who, like Sylvester Ahola and Perley Breed, hailed from Massachusetts. An interesting aspect is that the band never employed the services of a trombonist. In the imprecise nomenclature of jazz, the style of the band falls into the 'hot dance music' category; there are Elements of the 'chamber jazz' genre typified by Red Nichols and his Five Pennies, and there are also hints of the Frank Trumbauer recordings featuring Bix Beiderbecke. The jazz solos that are so much a feature of the Rhythmic Eight's recordings. We find Arthur Lally, a superb musician whose baritone and bass sax solos have, in the past, been mistaken for the work of Adrian Rollini. Lally also contributes some fine alto sax solos on a number of Rhythmic Eight sides. More often than not, standard stock arrangements were used by the band when Special Arrangements were occasionally commissioned they were usually penned by Arthur Lally. By the Spring of 1930, the sound of the Rhythmic Eight began to change perceptively. Following the economic slump that hit <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Great Britain in the early 1930s, there was a general shift towards more straightforward and sentimental renditions of dance numbers, and a consequent move away from the interpolation of jazz solos. In addition, Sylvester Ahola, the Rhythmic Eight's most important soloist, was effectively stymied in early 1930 by a group of British trumpet players headed by Max Goldberg, who complained through the Musicians' Union that Ahola was a foreigner taking their work. By 1931, the Rhythmic Eight was virtually indistinguishable from the myriad of other recording studio outfits that turned out the latest dance hits, with the number of hot solos having decreased markedly. The band's last recording session took place in September 1932. Luckily, through these rare Zonophone recordings, we are able to enjoy the Rhythmic Eight at its peak, playing small band jazz of the highest order.
She My Girl Friend?
You Don't Like It
Miss Annabelle Lee
There's A Cradle in Caroline
Ain't Got Nobody
Together, We Two
After My Laughter Came Tears
Faces At The Window
We Ain't Got Nothin' To Lose
Way Back When
For My Baby
Can't Help Lovin' That Man
She's A Great, Great Girl
Didn't I Tell You?
Because My Baby Don't Mean 'Maybe' Now
This Is The Way The Puff-Puff Goes
All By Yourself In The Moonlight
From Saturday Night 'Till Monday Morning
Don't Be Like That
Shout Hallelujah, 'Cause I'm Home
My Southern Home
I'm Crazy Over You
That's Her Now
A Dicky Bird Told Me So
Umtcha, Umtcha, Da-Da-Da
I Faw Down An' Go "Boom"!
I'm On My Way South
My Troubles Are Over
Heigh Ho, Ev'rybody
You're A Pain In The Heart To Me
Spring It In The Summer And She'll Fall
Kansas City Kitty
I'm Doing What I'm Doing For Love
I'm Feathering A Nest
I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling
Loveable And Sweet
I'm Speaking Of Kentucky Days
'Tain't No Sin
Personnel: Sylvester Ahola, Bert Firman, Danny Polo, Barney Sorkin, Perley Breed, Frank Guarante, Johnny Hoffer, Max Coldberg, Arthur Lally
Label: RETRIEVAL Number:79059 Item Code: 64755
Executive Producer Chris Ellis
Produced and Compiled Nick Dellow
Liner Notes Nick Dellow
Photo Material Nick Dellow
Original Records from Nick Dellow, Dick Hill, Brian Rust, Charles Hippisley-Cox, Andreas Schmauder, Max Easterman
--- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, "Michael" <Rader.Michael@...> wrote:
> Just in case anyone needs an idea for a Christmas present for themselves, here are a couple of suggestions:
> - The Tommy Ladnier bio-discography by Bo Lindström and dan Vernhettes, a real labour of love which can be sampled at http://www.jazzedit.org/.
> - The Blues Images calendar of advertising graphics with a CD of the advertised music (plus a couple of bonuses) thrown in.
> - The new Frog Yearbook of Jazz and Blues, also coming with a CD. This is going to the printer next week and will hopefully be mailed out to subscribers on December 15. I talked to Paul Swinton of Frog on the phone today and he is really excited by this project and the CD. Several more Frog issues are almost ready and should be released early in the New Year: the Earl McDonald Jug Bands, Bernie Young Bands and Frog Spawn Batch 2. This will contain some more material never before on CD or never heard in this fidelity.
> All of these projects are worthy of your support and I don't think anyone will be disappointed to find them under their Christmas tree or in their stocking.
> Any more suggestions for hints to your dear ones?
> Michael Rader