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Australian Archive Series: Graeme Bell & His Australian Jazz Band

  • 1. Mississippi Mud
    2. I Wish I Xould Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
    3. Fidgety Feet
    4. Play It a Long Time Papa
    5. Black and White Rag
    6. Wolverine Blues
    7. Sobbin' Blues
    8. Maple Leaf Rag
    9. At a Georgia Camp Meeting
    10. Irish Black Bottom
    11. My Baby Just Cares for Me
    12. Mobile Bay: Mobile Bay / Jumbuck Jamboree / Old Miss Rag / Big Chief Battle Ax / Big Bear Stomp - (featuring Rex Stewart)
    13. Jumbuck Jamboree
    14. Old Miss Rag
    15. Big Chief Battle Axe
    16. Big Bear Stomp
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 270

  • Credits

    & His Australian Jazz Band.
    Personnel includes: Graeme Bell; Roger Bell, Ade Monsbourgh (vocals); Rex Stewart (trumpet).
    Personnel: Graeme Bell (piano); Lazy Ade Monsborough (vocals, clarinet, trumpet); Roger Bell (vocals, trumpet); Don Roberts (clarinet); Rex Stewart (trumpet); Deryck Bentley (trombone); Lou Silbereisen (tuba); Jack Banston, Johnny Sangster (drums).
    Liner Note Author: George H. Buck, Jr.
    Recording information: Melbourne, Australia (11/09/1949-09/21/1950); Melbourne, Australia (11/1949-03/1950).
    Unlike the other Graeme Bell Swaggie LP releases, this one has been reissued on CD (domestically by GHB). The pacesetting Australian trad band is heard on several recording sessions that trace its progress during a ten-month period. 11 of the selections utilize the regular group (pianist Graeme Bell, trumpeter Roger Bell, Ade Monsborough on trombone, trumpet, and clarinet, Don "Pixie" Roberts on clarinet, either Johnny Rich or Deryck Bentley on trombone, and a four-piece rhythm section that includes leader/pianist Graeme Bell). In addition, there are a couple of piano features ("Black and White Rag" and "Maple Leaf Rag") for Bell with the rhythm section. Two numbers ("Jumbuck Jamboree" and "Old Miss Rag") find the band expanding into an 11-piece orchestra. On "Mobile Bay," cornetist Rex Stewart sits in with the usual nonet. Other highlights include "Fidgety Feet," "Sobbin' Blues," "Irish Black Bottom," and "Big Chief Battle Axe." Fans of 1920s revival jazz and Dixieland should have a strong sampling of Graeme Bell's band, for this was one of the finest trad groups of the time period. ~ Scott Yanow

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