7854Re: [RedHotJazz] Frog Spawn - a first opinion RE: PAUL DAVIS matrix# 18910 .. and matrix #18911
- Nov 19, 2009Hello, Nick, Michael and all else concerned about Paul Davis CHAMPION 40038 I just purchased Frog Spawn, and will have more to say in the next day or so, but in the meantime, I see mention in the liner notes about Paul Davis. I agree with the liner notes that it sounds like a black band (the names were usually pseudonymous probably to save money, or have an "anglo" name to sell the record better). The name "Paul Davis" was used on a variety of records on the Champion label - much as certain names were used on ARC etc. I have an interesting theory here regarding this recording (matrix# 18910, you will see why I am taking about matrix # here in a second), when I look for what band a pseudonymous (this is probably just that considering Champion's track record with that name) issue on a record, I look at the matrix numbers, and then play the record you have next to it (easier said than done here!). Well I do not have Champion matrix # 18911, but
look what it is ...
Jimmy Raschel and His orchestrano dertails except Jimmy Raschel, Estelle Galloway vocalRichmond Indiana November 28 193218911 It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) (eg vcl) CHAMPION 1653418912 Nobody's sweetheart (jr vcl) (unissued)
It is too bad this record is phenomenally rare, it would be instructive to compare it. Think about it - 2 matrix numbers recorded (or mastered) within 3 days of each other, a known black band in Jimmy Raschel (Raschel's bands - territory band Detroit - included such alumni as George Johnson, Henry Savage, Milt Buckner, Bernie Peacock and Howard McGhee over a 17 year period of time), and one that sounds pretty much like a black territory band of that part of the country in the early 1930's - makes one wonder - any one who does own Champion 16534 please check on this (while we are at it were there any references to Raschel by the Argentine guitarist bandleader Ahmed Ratip - who was in detroit in the early middle 1930's?) - too bad I don't have that one, or else I would have. more soon and all the bestYves Francois
PS Nick wonderful work on the remastering on this CD - I have to admit the "Jackson's Southern Stompers" Marathon 227 never sounded better - but that is another story I will continue tomorrow from last week (and surprised no one was interested in the gentleman's response - esp 1933 broadcasts of the Johnson band!!)
--- On Fri, 9/11/09, Nick Dellow <nick.dellow@...> wrote:
From: Nick Dellow <nick.dellow@...>
Subject: Re: [RedHotJazz] Frog Spawn - a first opinion
Date: Friday, September 11, 2009, 1:57 PM
Firstly, many thanks to Michael for his in-depth review. As Howard correctly
surmised, the Paul Davis transfer was taken from Champion 40038.
And Michael is also correct in his belief that there is another take of the
Dixie Stompers' "Jackass Blues" which has still not made it onto CD.
2009/9/11 Michael Rader <Rader.Michael@ web.de>
> > No dissent, but, two supplementary questions.
> I can only adress one:
> > Has anyone ever heard the other Paul Davis (Underneath The Harlem
> > Moon)? I
> > assume Frog only have access to the reissue on Champion 40038 or they
> > would
> > have issued the original reverse. As nothing whatever is known about
> > this
> > band any notion about them is merely a vagrant assumption. On Gennett
> > labels
> > issue numbers provide no clue to the intended market, not that that is
> > conclusive anyway.
> Nick might be able to answer this, depending what Frog gave him to work on.
> The previous reissue on Harrison B gives Champion 16524 as its source, but
> refrains from including the other side, for whatever reason. 78 Quarterly
> (under?) estimates 3 known copies, so someone must know the side.
> Michael Rader
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