Friday, 13 November 2009

Joan Selects, Volume 18 – Joan’s New Orleans Jazz Fest Special

(This post originally appeared on the old Bebopwino on April 3rd 2009.) The best yet! I’m not going to say anything except that this selection had me bouncing around the house and almost weeping with pleasure as rhythmic delight after rhythmic delight boomed out of my hi-fi. Over to Joan:

It is one of those unintended confluences that Joan Selects, Volume 18 - Joan's Jazz Fest Special appears just several weeks from the start of the 40th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival www.nojazzfest.com/. You can thank your blog host for the great timing for this post.

All the music in Joan Selects - Volume 18, emanates from the musical gold-mine that is New Orleans. In fact most all the selections here-in presented were recorded at the legendary J & M recording studios under the astute and gifted direction of Cosimo Matassa.

America's sweethearts, Shirley and Lee lead off Volume 18, with a song that's been recorded in various forms by a whole host of artists, Let The Good Times Roll (Laisse Les Bons Temps Rouler) for the Mesners’ Aladdin record company.

A New Orleans slant on an old 1930's blues theme Stagger Lee, is provided by Archibald (Leon Gross) for Lou Chudd's Imperial Label. Imperial and Aladdin made heavy use of New Orleans artists through out the late 1940's and 1950's.

James "Sugarboy" Crawford, with Snooks Eaglin on guitar, provides one of two Mardi Gras standards - "Jock-A-Mo", recorded for the Checker Label. Producer and band leader Dave Bartholomew, in addition to the other artists he produced and orchestrated, chipped in with occasional recordings of his own - two of which are presented here: "Who Drank My Beer While I Was In The Rear" on Imperial and the privately recorded "Good Jax Boogie" actually an early 1950's advertisement for the Jackson Brewery's main beer: Jax Beer.

The luminary Roland Byrd, more commonly known as Professor Longhair is rep-resented by three selections, here spanning from the earliest for the Mercury recording label: "Bald Head", to the other of the Mardi Gras staples herein presented "Going To The Mardi Gras" and finally the amazingly complex hand stretching piano workout from Professor Longhair, on the Watch Label, "Big Chief, Parts One and Two".

The immensely gifted Aaron Neville is included here with a magical ballad "Every Day" recorded on the Minit Label. Neville's vocal dexterity must be heard to be believed, as he closes out Jazz Fest annually with Amazing Grace.

Several (certainly not enough, in my estimation) zydeco selections are included in volume 18, Clifton Chenier's "Ay-Tete-Fee" (Et Petite Fille) from Art Rupe's Specialty marque is a hard moving accordion based beauty of a song, and from Louisiana's home grown Goldband label comes Cleveland Crochet with "Sugarbee" featuring the vocals of Jay Stutes.

Speaking of vocals New Orleans balladeer Johnny Adams is also a mandatory Volume 18 selection, with his huge hit: "I Won't Cry". New Orleans Doo Wop groups - Chuck Carbo and the Spiders, Bobby Mitchell and The Toppers, and the Pelicans are included (all from the Imperial label).

And of course, Antoine “Fats” Domino, who embodies New Orleans and the 9th Ward, where he continued to live right up until Hurricane Katrina, is represented with one of his major Imperial hits: "I'm Walkin".

Hope that these representative 33 cuts impart some sense of the gifted and multi-talented musicians from New Orleans = The Music City!

Thank you, Joan, for an outstanding selection of New Orleans music and also for a folder of 31 (!) label scans.

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01 Shirley and Lee - Let The Good Times Roll - Aladdin 45-3325
02 Huey Smith and the Clowns - Having A Good Time - Ace 548
03 Earl King - Those Lonely, Lonely Nights - Ace 509
04 Archibald - Stack-a-Lee, Pts. 1 & 2 - Imperial x5358
05 Sugarboy - Jock-A-Mo - Checker 787
06 Wee Willie Wayne - Travellin' Mood - Imperial X5355
07 Paul Gayten - The Music Goes Around and Around - Argo 5257
08 The Hawkettes - Mardi Gras Mambo - Chess 1591
09 Dave Bartholomew - Who Drank My Beer While I Was In the Rear - Imperial 5210
10 Bobby Mitchell and the Toppers - 4 - 11 = 44 - Imperial 45-4250
11 Roy Byrd - Bald Head - Mercury 8175-X45
12 Eddie Bo - We Like Mambo - Ace 515
13 Larry Darnell - For You My Love - Regal 3240 (11/1949)
14 Fats Domino - I'm Walkin' - Imperial 5428
15 Chris Kenner - Sick and Tired - Imperial X5448
16 Jewel King - 3 x 7 = 21 - Imperial 5055 (3/1950)
17 Professor Longhair - Going to The Mardi Gras - Ron 329
18 Dave Bartholomew - Good Jax Boogie - JAX 1-2
19 Johnny Fuller - Sister Jenny - Imperial X5382
20 Frankie Ford - Roberta - Ace 554
21 The Spiders - Witchcraft - Imperial X5366
22 Aaron Neville - Every Day - Minit 612
23 Bobby Charles - Put Your Arms Around Me Honey - Chess 1647
24 Clifton Chenier - Ay-Tete-Fee - Specialty XSP-552-45
25 Johnny Adams - I Won't Cry - Ric 961 RIC
26 Smiley Lewis - Shame, Shame, Shame - Imperial X5418
27 Roland Cook - I've Got A Girl -
29 The Pelicans - Chimes - Imperial x5307
30 Lee Allen - Rockin' At Cosimo's - Aladdin 45-3334
31 Cleveland Crochet - Sugarbee - Goldband S-1055
32 Rod Bernard - This Should Go On Forever - Jin 45-101
33 Professor Longhair - Big Chief 1 and 2 - Watch 45-1900

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Got this the first time around and wanted to give kudos to Joan for capturing much of what I miss about NOLA. - d.

Addison said...

I enjoyed this collection a lot, so thanks to Joan and you for sharing it. In return, here's some additional information about the tracks: release dates, personnel, and corrected names.

01 Shirley and Lee - Let The Good Times Roll - Aladdin 45-3325 (1956)
02 Huey Smith and the Clowns - Having A Good Time - Ace 548 (1958)
03 Earl King - Those Lonely, Lonely Nights - Ace 509 (1955)
04 Archibald - Stack-a-Lee, Parts 1 and 2 - Imperial x5358 (rel. 1955)
Leon T. Gross (Archibald), voc, p; Dave Bartholomew, tp; Joe Harris, as; Clarence Hall, ts; Ernest McLean, g; possibly Harrison Verrett, banjo (-1); Chuck Badie, b; Thomas Moore, d.
New Orleans, March 23, 1950.
05 Sugar Boy and His Cane Cutters - Jock-A-Mo - Checker 787 (1954)
06 Wee Willie Wayne - Travellin' Mood - Imperial X5355 (1955)
07 Paul Gayten - The Music Goes Round and Round - Argo 5257 (1956)
08 The Hawkettes - Mardi Gras Mambo - Chess 1591 (1955)
09 Dave Bartholomew - Who Drank My Beer While I Was In the Rear- Imperial 5210 (1952)
10 Bobby Mitchell and the Toppers - 4 - 11 = 44 - Imperial 45-5250 (1953)
[1-11-44 is explained here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Eleven_Forty_Four]
11 Roy Byrd and His Blues Jumpers - Bald Head - Mercury 8175-X45 (1950)
Roy Byrd and his Blues Jumpers : Roy Byrd, voc, p; Walter “Papoose” Nelson, g (-1); George Miller, b; Louis Joseph, d.
New Orleans, September 8, 1949.
12 Eddie Bo - We Like Mambo - Ace 515 (1956)
13 Larry Darnell - For You, My Love - Regal 3240 (XI.1949)
Larry Darnell, voc, with Paul Gayten’s band: Wallace Davenport, tp; Frank Campbell, as, bs; Lee Allen, ts; Paul Gayten, p; Jack Scott, g; George Pryor, b; Robert Green, d.
New Orleans, 1949.
14 Fats Domino - I'm Walkin' - Imperial 5428 (1957)
15 Chris Kenner - Sick and Tired - Imperial X5448 (1957)
16 Jewel King - 3 x 7 = 21 - Imperial 5055 (1949)
Jewel King, voc; Dave Bartholomew, tp; Red Tyler, Clarence Hall, ts; possibly Salvador Doucette, p; Ernest McLean, g; Frank Fields, b; Earl Palmer, d.
New Orleans, November 29, 1949.
17 Professor Longhair - Go to The Mardi Gras - Ron 329 (1958)
18 Dave Bartholomew - Good Jax Boogie - JAX 1-2 (1950)
Dave Bartholomew, voc, tp; Joe Harris, as; Clarence Hall, Lee Allen, Red Tyler, ts; Salvador Doucette, p; Ernest McLean, g; Frank Fields, b; Thomas Moore, d.
19 Johnny Fuller - Sister Jenny - Imperial X5382 (1956)
20 Frankie Ford with Huey “Piano” Smith and Orch. - Roberta - Ace 554 (1959 – B side to Sea Cruise)
21 The Spiders - Witchcraft - Imperial X5366 (1955)
22 Aaron Neville - Every Day - Minit 612 (1960)
23 Bobby Charles - Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey - Chess 1647 (1957)
24 Clifton Chenier – Ay-Tete Fée - Specialty XSP-552-45 (V.1955)
25 Johnny Adams - I Won't Cry - Ric 961 (1959)
26 Smiley Lewis - Shame, Shame, Shame - Imperial X5418 (1957)
27 Roland Cook - I've Got A Girl – Ace 525 (1956)
29 The Pelicans - Chimes - Imperial x5307 (1954)
30 Lee Allen - Rockin' At Cosmo's - Aladdin 45-3334 (1956)
31 Cleveland Crochet and His Hill Billy Ramblers – Sugar Bee - Goldband G-1106 (1960)
32 Rod Bernard and The Twisters - This Should Go On Forever - Jin 45-105 (1958)
33 Professor Longhair - Big Chief, Parts 1 and 2 - Watch 45-1900 (XI.1964)

data from Professor Longhair thread on Steve Hoffman Forums, Proper Records (UK), and Global Dog Productions’ discographies

boogiewoody said...

Many thanks for taking so much time and trouble to addd more info to this post, Addison. Be Bop Wino commentors are definitely a class apart.

You've put me in the mood to give this collection another listen - it's an outstanding comp.

BW

empathyshocks said...

neither one of the links seems to download past about the 8MB mark...are they still good? love the music, I'd love to get this compilation.
-Down here in the bayou

boogiewoody said...

Hi empathyshocks

I've justed download the collection using the rapidshare link (and as a non-premium user) and it worked fine.

BW

Anonymous said...

Hello Again.
Don't know why, but it worked perfectly this time, maybe just a glitch the other times, but a great collection. Thanks again, love the blog!

empathyshocks

Anonymous said...

I got here by looking for an original version of "Bandstand Boogie." I'll be back for more! Many thanks.

Vanzetti said...

Wow. Many thanks for this fantastic compilation. I just returned from a week in NOLA and can't shake the rhythm and groove of the place.

Al-maktab said...

thanks so much!