Re: Washboard Rhythm Kings
- I just want to thank Agustin, Howard, David and Jack for the info on the
Washboard Reythm Kings.
For 55 years I've been collecting reissues and reading what I could
about pre-bop jazz. And until now, I've been alone in that endeavor.
Thanks to you folks, Red Hot Jazz and the Internet, I've found a
--- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, Howard Rye <howard@...> wrote:
> on 25/10/06 15:41, Martin at martin@... wrote:
> > One of the first LP's I purchased as a youth was an "X" Vault
> > (RCA) recording of the Washboard Rhythm Kings. Those eight sides are
> > full of energy and fun.
> > Rust shows three-plus pages of recordings performed by this unit
> > April/31 through November/35. Almost every session had different
> > personnel. Carl Wade on tenor, Eddie Miles on piano and Steve
> > Washington on banjo produce some continuity on several early
> > while Wade and Haughton on trombone are present on the later
> > Perhaps Wade is the leader/organizer? Clarence Profit and Taft
> > were represented on a session each.
> > This appears to be a recording unit. The first ten sessions were for
> > Victor, then one Vocalian, one Columbia (Washboard Rhythm Band), two
> > BlueBird and a Banner (Washboard Rhythm Boys) were recorded.
> > I have read little or nothing in the literature, nor have I ever
> > additional reissue collections on LP or CD. They aren't even
> > on the Red Hot Jazz site. Can anyone shed further light on this
> > infectious and versatile (from Old Yazoo to I Cover the Waterfront)
> > phenomenon? Is the lack of "press" due to many poor or inconsistant
> > performances, or have I just not happened on to the right source(s)?
> Most published personnels on these bands are pretty speculative except
> far as they have taken notice of the researches of Theo Zwicky and
> Simmen published in Storyville. The series "I'm Gonna Beat Me Some
> Washboard" spread over issues 19, 20 and 22 is the key source, but
> numerous letters and notes adding and correcting. These were basically
> groups made up of Philadelphia musicians (recorded in Camden just
> river) and this explains why they don't show up on other dates.
> As far as most journalists are concerned these were groups of unknowns
> unknowns don't get written about, hence the lack of literature.
> A complete reissue dubbed by John R.T. Davies was on the Collector's
> Classics label in 5 Volumes (COCD17/18/25/26/30), but has presumably
> vanished and awaits someone else picking the set up for reissue.
> you can find it, also includes the Washboard Serenaders with Harold
> Randolph's kazoo playing, also just discussed on this group.
> P.S. Valaida Snow who is still listed as the trumpeter on the 5
> session in the latest Rust isn't. This is a confusion which arose
> early colletors had not heard of her sister Lavaida, who sings on the
> session and is named on the labels, and assumed that this must be a
> for Valaida and that she must also be the trumpeter. This was
> case of putting 2 and 2 together and making about 7, but as so often
> Oh yes, and you're damn right. They're great! You want to hear them
> Howard Rye, 20 Coppermill Lane, London, England, E17 7HB
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