CD How Low Can You Go? Anthology of the String Bass (1925-1941) [Box Set] [Box] (CD 1146830),
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How Low Can You Go? Anthology of the String Bass (1925-1941) [Box Set] [Box]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Milenberg Joys - Ted Lewis & His Band
    2. Dinah - Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra
    3. Black Bottom Stomp - Jelly Roll Morton
    4. My Pretty Girl - Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra
    5. Wash-Board Cut Out - Leecan Bobbie Need-More Band
    6. Bogalusa Strut - Sam Morgan's Jazz Band
    7. Down by the Riverside - Sam Morgan's Jazz Band
    8. Bull Frog Blues - Charles Pierce and His Orchestra
    9. China Boy - Charles Pierce and His Orchestra
    10. Voice of the Southland - Thelma Terry & Her Playboys
    11. Mama's Gone, Goodbye - Thelma Terry & Her Playboys
    12. I'd Like to Go Back to That Old Pal of Mine - Halfway House Dance Orchestra
    13. Goose Creek-Stomp - Mart Britt
    14. Waiting for a Train - Jimmie Rodgers
    15. Texas and Pacific Blues - Frenchy's String Band
    16. So Tired - Coley Jones/Dallas String Band
    17. Freeze and Melt - Joe Turner & His Memphis Men
    18. Hot Heels - Eddie Lang & His Orchestra
    19. Beggar's Blues - Sonny Greer
    20. Where the Sweet Magnolias Bloom - Taylor Griggs Louisiana Melody Makers
    21. En Sens Unique S.V.P. - L'Orchestra Antillais
    22. Squabblin' - Walter Page's Blue Devils
    23. Duet Stomp - Jones & Collins Astoria Hot Eight
    24. Poor Li'l Me - Luis Russell & His Orchestra
    25. Panama - Luis Russell & His Orchestra
    26. Chinatown, My Chinatown - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Chances Are - Jack Teagarden & His Orchestra
    2. Tiger Tom Kill Tiger Cat, Damblay, Santapie and Rat - Wilmoth Houdini
    3. Depression-Paseo - Lionel Belasco
    4. Who's Sorry Now? - Harlem Hot Shots
    5. Shag - The New Orleans Feetwarmers
    6. My! Oh, My! - Eddie South & His orchestra
    7. Baby, Are You Satidfied - Dicky Wells' Shim Shammers
    8. Tex's Dance - The Prairie Ramblers
    9. Brownie's Stomp - Milton Brown & His Brownies
    10. Rig Cutter Swing - Henry Allen & His Orchestra
    11. Stuff Is Here and It's Mellow, The - Eva Taylor
    12. Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wa-I (A Hawaiian War Song) - Andy Iona
    13. Dr. Watson and Mr. Holmes - Spirits of Rhythm
    14. Bugle Call Rag - Candy & Coco (Take B)
    15. Good Morning, Judge - Carl Martin
    16. Dozen, The - State Street Boys
    17. Don't 'Low - Washboard Sam
    18. Rug Cutter's Function - Lil Johnson
    19. Yes Sir, That's My Baby - Roy Acuff & His Crazy Tennesseans
    20. Deep Blue Melody - Don Albert
    21. White Heat - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
    22. Tired of Me - The Crystal Springs Ramblers
    23. Pagin' the Devil - Kansas City Six
    24. Liza, Pull Down the Shades - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
    25. Pluckin' the Bass - Cab Calloway & His Orchestra
    26. Cliumaz Rag - Jelly Roll Morton (Take 1)
    27. Sepia Panorama (Night House) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Kentucky Stomp - Dixie Four
    2. Saint Louis Man - Dixie Four
    3. Endurance Stomp - State Street Ramblers
    4. Tuxedo Stomp - State Street Ramblers
    5. Brown Skin Mama - State Street Ramblers
    6. St. Louis Nightmare - State Street Ramblers
    7. Tell Me Cutie - State Street Ramblers
    8. Some Day You'll Know - State Street Ramblers
    9. Endurance Stomp - J.C. Cobb & His Grains of Corn (take)
    10. Shake Your Shimmy - Midnight Rounders
    11. Bull Fiddle Rag - Midnight Rounders (Take A, alternate take)
    12. Shake That Jelly Roll - J.C. Cobb & His Grains of Corn
    13. Don't Cry, Honey - J.C. Cobb & His Grains of Corn
    14. My Four Reasons - Ikey Robinson & His Band
    15. He's Got His Eyes on You - Rev. D.C. Rice & His Sanctified Congregation
    16. I'm in the Battlefield for My Lord - Rev. D.C. Rice & His Sanctified Congregation
    17. She's Coming 'Round the Mountain - Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers
    18. I'm Pressing On - Rev. D.C. Rice & His Sanctified Congregation
    19. No Night There - Rev. D.C. Rice & His Sanctified Congregation
    20. I Ain't Gonna Do It No More - Bertha "Chippie" Hill
    21. Pratt City Blues - Bertha "Chippie" Hill
    22. Get the "L" on Down the Road - Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band
    23. Don't Drink It in Here - Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band
    24. I Wonder Where My Easy Rider's Gone - Tampa Red's Hokum Jug Band
    25. Come on Mama Do That Dance - Tampa Red's Hokum Jug Band
    26. Bull Fiddle Rag - Midnight Rounders (Take B, alternate take)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 04

  • Credits
    ProducerSteven Lance Ledbetter; Dick Spottswood

    Personnel: Allen Kila, Carl Martin (vocals, guitar); Danny Stewart (vocals, steel guitar); Douglas Daniels, Wilbur Daniels, Leo Watson (vocals, tiple); Coley Jones (vocals, mandolin); Junie C. Cobb (vocals, violin, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Eddie South (vocals, violin); Link Davis (vocals, fiddle); Andy Iona (vocals, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Andrew Morgan (vocals, reeds); Sam Morgan (vocals, cornet); Jack Teagarden (vocals, trombone); Virgil Scroggins (vocals, drums); Washboard Sam (vocals, washboard); Al Morgan , Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon & Punches Delegates of Pleasure, Fletcher Jackson, Jesse Cryor, Sidney Brown, Billy Banks, Wilson Myers (vocals); Fred Guy (guitar, banjo); Herman Arnspiger, Danny Barker , Fred Voorhees, Eldon Shamblin, Everett Barksdale, Ferdinand Dejan, Freddie Green, Dean Bryan, Jack Bland, Henry Galloway, Derwood Brown, J.B. Brinkley, Lawrence Lucie, Clarence Holiday, Morris Deason, Nappy Lamare, Roy Smeck, Teddy Bunn, Big Bill Broonzy, Jess Easterday (guitar); Eddie Durham (electric guitar); John Westbrook, Leon McAuliffe (steel guitar); Ikey Robinson (tenor guitar, banjo); Eddie Condon, Percy Darensbourg, Stuart Branch, Eustern Woodfork, Howdy Quicksell, Emanuel Sayles, Tony Gerhardi, Johnny Davis, Johnny St. Cyr, Roy Campbell (banjo); Chick Hurt, Johnnie Lee Wills, Ocie Stockard (tenor banjo); Alfred Martin (mandolin); Cyril Monrose, Ernest Larde, Joe Venuti (violin); Sleepy Johnson, Robert Waugh, Joe Holley, Jesse Ashlock, Tex Atchison, Cecil Brower (fiddle); Sidney Arodin (tin whistle, clarinet); Robert Cooksey (harmonica); Milton Lane, Eddie Johnson's Crackerjacks, Heywood Jackson, Tampa Red (kazoo); Pee Wee Russell (clarinet, reeds, tenor saxophone); Jimmy Dorsey (clarinet, reeds); Ray DeGeer, Albert Nicholas (clarinet, saxophone); Harry Carney (clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Andrew Brown , Chauncey Houghton, Benny Carter (clarinet, alto saxophone); Louis Cottrell, Jr. (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Angelo Fernandez, Frank Teschemacher, Benny Guzzaroo, Cecil Scott, Alexandre Stellio, James Rikard, Lester Young , Omer Simeon, Ted Lewis , Barney Bigard, Buster Bailey (clarinet); Doc Ryker, Don Murray , Bud Jacobson, Frankie Trumbauer, Joe Catalyne, Earl Fouche, Max Farley, Danny Polo (reeds); Charlie Holmes (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Sidney Bechet (soprano saxophone); Harvey Boone, Harold Taylor, Hilton Jefferson, Joe Loyacano, Zeb McNally, Ted Manning, Theodore Purnell, Earl Driver, Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick, Charles Pierce (alto saxophone); Chu Berry, Coleman Hawkins, Happy Caldwell, Teddy Hill, Walter Thomas, Ben Webster, Greely Walton (tenor saxophone); Walter Page (baritone saxophone); Rex Stewart (trumpet, cornet); Tommy Dorsey (trumpet, trombone); Fuzzy Farrar, Manny Klein, Sterling Bose, Cootie Williams, Leo McConville, The Russell Smith Orchestra, Johnny Mendel, Dizzy Gillespie, Doc Cheatham, Billy Douglas , Henry "Red" Allen, Hot Lips Page, James Simpson, Lammar Wright, Jr., Hiram Harding, Everett Stover, Lee Collins, Mario Bauz, Alvin Alcorn, Ray Lodwig, Ray Nance, Sidney DeParis, Arthur Whetsol, Tommy Ladnier, Bobby Stark , Wallace Jones, Freddy Jenkins, Buck Clayton, Charlie Teagarden (trumpet); Dick Feige, Ed Allen, Albert Brunies , Walter Kahn, Dave Klein, Muggsy Spanier, Punch Miller, Bix Beiderbecke (cornet); Bill Rank, Teddy Nixon, De Priest Wheeler, Lawrence D. Brown, Floyd O'Brien, George Brunies, James Robinson , Fred "Rodriguez" Robinson, J.C. Higginbotham, Frank Jacquet, Red Fox Stewart, Jim Robinson , Jimmy Harrison, Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton, Keg Johnson, Kid Ory, Spiegle Willcox, Claude Jones (trombone); Juan Tizol (valve trombone); Itzy Riskin, Hank Duncan, Dick Reynolds, Duke Ellington, Bill Otto, Alex "Charlie Brown" Hill , Fats Waller, Fletcher Henderson, O.C. Blacher, Gene Austin, Fred "Papa" Calhoun, Loren Mitchell, Georgia Tom Dorsey, Joseph Robichaux & His New Orleans Rhythm Boys, Alton Meeks "Al" Stricklin, William Barbee, Horace Henderson, Dan Lipscomb, Charlie Washington, Kenny Watts, Buddy Burton, Red Long, Jelly Roll Morton, Jimmy Blythe, Joe Sullivan, Al Stricklin, Lionel Belasco, Lloyd Glenn, Luis Russell, Terry Shand, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Benny Payne, Arthur Schutt (piano); Sonny Greer (drums, chimes); John Lucas, Cozy Cole, Smokey Dacus, Eddie Dougherty, Paul Kettler, Albert Martin, Gene Krupa, Jimmy Bertrand, Floyd Casey, Walter Johnson Jr., Cliff C. Jones, Joe Strode, Jo Jones , Alvin Burroughs, Monk Hazel, Andrew Hilaire, Paul Barbarin, Zutty Singleton, Stan King, Chauncey Morehouse (drums); Eddie Edinborough (washboard).
    Liner Note Author: Eddie Dean.
    Recording information: Atlanta, GA (06/22/1925-06/??/1941); Chicago, IL (06/22/1925-06/??/1941); Dallas, TX (06/22/1925-06/??/1941); Kansas City (06/22/1925-06/??/1941); Los Angeles, CA (06/22/1925-06/??/1941); Memphis (06/22/1925-06/??/1941); New Orleans, LA (06/22/1925-06/??/1941); Paris, France (06/22/1925-06/??/1941); San Antonio (06/22/1925-06/??/1941); South Gate, CA (06/22/1925-06/??/1941).
    Authors: James Brown; Peter Laughner.
    Photographers: Patti Falkner; Cristobal Diaz; Frank Driggs; Steve Lasker.
    Arrangers: John Nesbitt; Bill Challis; Lloyd Glenn; Russ Morgan & His Orchestra .
    This excellent three-disc box set compiles 78s cut between 1925 and 1941 that feature, in one aspect or another, the stand-up string bass. On the surface, the set seems aimed primarily at string bass fans, or those interested in the development of the instrument, and such listeners will find much to appreciate here. But HOW LOW CAN YOU GO is also an excellent compilation of old-timey music, encompassing blues, country, Western swing, gospel, and other styles.
    In this way, HOW LOW CAN YOU GO will appeal to nearly everyone interested in American roots. The bass is featured prominently in many tracks, but is by no means the focus of the set. Instead, the set skips from jug bands to juke-joint rags, from prairie ballads to fiery gospel, creating a fun, enlightening sampler of the pre-World War II American musical landscape. This comes highly recommended to fans of the AMERICAN FOLK ANTHOLGY, Yazoo compilations, and vintage American roots in general.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.67) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[Milt Hinton and Wellman Braud, bona fide names in pre-amplified propulsion, get their due....[Bill Johnson] rightly earns a full CD to himself."
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