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Stomp and Swerve: American Music Gets Hot
1. Capitan March, El - Edison Concert Band
2. Twin Star March - Cullen & Collins
3. You've Been a Good Old Wagon But You Done Broken Down - Len Spencer
4. All Coons Look Alike to Me - Arthur Collins/Vess L. Ossman
5. I Thought I Was a Winner, Or, I Don't Know, You Ain't So Warm - Columbia Orchestra
6. At a Georgia Camp Meeting - Sousa's Band
7. Maple Leaf Rag - Vess L. Ossman
8. Coon Band Contest, A - Arthur Pryor
9. Ain't That a Shame - Dan W. Quinn
10. Fortune Telling Man, The - Silas Leachman
11. Nobody - Bert Williams
12. St. Louis Tickle - Ossman-Dudley Trio
13. Smiler, The (A Joplin Rag) - Zon-O-Phone Concert Band
14. Castle House Rag - Jim Europe's Society Orchestra
15. Circus Day in Dixie - The Versatile Four
16. Watermelon Party - Polk Miller/Pol Miller & Old South Quartet
17. Some of These Days - Sophie Tucker
18. Sans Souci (Maxixe Bresilienne) - Van Eps Banjo Orchestra
19. Carve Dat Possum - Harry C. Browne/Peerless Quartet/Harry C. Browne & Peerless Quartet
20. Old Dan Tucker - Uncle Dave Macon
21. Coon Band Contest, A - Earl Fuller's Famous Jazz Band
22. Livery Stable Blues - Original Dixieland Jazz Band
23. Rose Room - Art Hickman
24. Sunset Medley (A Bunch of Blues/Babes in the Woods): A Bunch Of Blues / Babes In The Woods - W.G. Haenschen/T.T Schiffer
25. Crazy Blues - Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds
26. Shake It and Break It - Lanin's Southern Serenaders
27. Cake Walking Babies from Home - Clarence Williams' Blue Five
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1003
This CD is a companion piece to the book STOMP & SWERVE: AMERICAN MUSIC GETS HOT 1843-1924 by David Wondrich.
Compilation producers: Richard Martin, Meagan Hennessey.
Recorded between 1897 & 1925. Includes liner notes by Richard Martin and David Wondrich.
Personnel: Polk Miller (vocals, guitar); Harry C. Browne, Gus Haston, Uncle Dave Macon (vocals, banjo); Dan Quinn, Eva Taylor, Len Spencer, Mamie Smith, Sam Lanin, Arthur Collins, Silas Leachman, Sophie Tucker (vocals); Joseph Cullen , Fred Van Eps, Buddy Christian , William Collins , Vess L. Ossman (banjo); Audley Dudley (mandolin); Doc Behrendson, Ernest Elliott, Larry Shields , Ted Lewis (clarinet); Sidney Bechet (soprano saxophone); Phil Napoleon (trumpet); Walter Kahn, Johnny Dunn , Louis Armstrong, Nick LaRocca (cornet); Eddie Edwards, Moe Gappell, Harry Raderman, Ward "Dope" Andrews, Charlie Irvis (trombone); Clarence Williams, Charlie Mills, Earl Fuller, Henry W. Ragas , Jimmy Durante, Willie "The Lion" Smith (piano); John Lucas, Charlie Johnson & His Orchestra, Jack Roth, Buddy Gilmore, Tony Sbarbaro (drums).
Recording information: Hayes, Middlesex, England (??/??/1897-04/13/1925); New York, NY (??/??/1897-04/13/1925); Richmond, VA (??/??/1897-04/13/1925); St. Louis, MO (??/??/1897-04/13/1925).
This intriguing CD is a companion to the book Stomp and Swerve: American Music Gets Hot 1843-1924 written by David Wondrich. Wondrich also contributed to the disc's very informative liner notes. The program is full of rarities and strong glimpses of the great banjoists and drummers who were active before 1920. With the exception of a few racist songs that did not need to be included (including "All Coons Look Alike to Me," which was ironically written by a black songwriter and is on the CD as an example of the segregationist times), this set is pretty valuable. There are examples of orchestral and banjo ragtime, some tunes from the minstrel shows, dance music, marches, and the two hits (the Original Dixieland Jazz Band's "Livery Stable Blues" and Mamie Smith's "Crazy Blues") that permanently changed the music world. Among the most interesting selections are a few that are almost jazz and date from just before the ODJB recorded, including the Versatile Four's "Circus Day in Dixie" and the completely obscure Haenschen-Schiffer piano-drums duet on "Sunset Medley." As with virtually all of the Archeophone releases, Stomp and Swerve is highly recommended to collectors of early American recordings. ~ Scott Yanow
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