I had one of my sporadic conversations with David French of Frog records
yesterday. One thing he told me was that Jazz Oracle was planning a CD
devoted to Walter Bennett.
David has material for another three CDs using work by John RT Davies
and will be working with Ted Kendall in future. The next releases are a
Perry Bradford collection to complement the projected Timeless CD and
some Clarence Williams odds and ends. I'm afraid that I've forgotten the
third. The next big project up his sleeve is an Ida Cox set, which would
leave out alternate takes. David says he has about 75% of the originals
needed for the project.
A CD with extreme rarities from John RT Davies' collection is planned
for release on Jazz Oracle. By the way, Worlds Records announce a Jazz
Oracle double on Lud Gluskin in their "coming soon" section.
David, who's generally very easy-going and mild-mannered, was quite
angry when I raised the subject of JSP records. You might know that John
Stedman, the owner of JSP, was convicted by a Hamburg court for ripping
off restoration work by Bear Family for his two Carter Family boxes.
This is not the only case where Stedman has "borrowed" others work.
Perhaps the most recent case is "Breaking out of New Orleans" which
probably uses work done (and usually paid for) for Frog, Jazz Oracle,
Timeless and Retrieval. The "Masters of Memphis Blues" uses restoration
work from two old JSP CDs which David bought (not leased) for reissue on
Frog. Understandably, David is not amused...