From the Record Shelves #265 - PanamaFrom the Record Shelves #265 – Panama – There are no details of personnel or recording dates on this LP, probably because they feared that they might be infringing the copyright laws. Of course, I know something more about those recordings from about 1940–45, and if (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #264 - South Side StrutFrom the Record Shelves #264 – South Side Strut – A very good 1957 “Good Time Jazz” release is spinning. It always puts me in a good mood; it is so well recorded and well played, and even the sleeve is funny, with good information on the back. “Piano Professor” Don Ewell is (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #263 - Waiting at the End of the RoadFrom the Record Shelves #263 – Waiting at the End of the Road – The great songwriter Irving Berlin is the man behind this sad but beautiful song. We played and recorded it with my band Paul and his Gang, and last year I played it at a dear friend’s funeral. My first encounter (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Studio #33 - Am I Blue?From the Studio #33 – Am I Blue? – Here is another very attractive and useful tune, to be arranged or just played in a jam. Ethel Waters can be seen in an early film singing it. Later versions by Billie Holiday and others have dropped the verse. Normally it’s played in F but (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #262 - It’s Tight JimFrom the Record Shelves #262 – It’s Tight Jim – Today I listen to a Paramount record that is surprisingly good considering that it’s not among the most famous ones. Trombonist Preston Jackson plays very well and is the composer of the tune, which has one part (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #261 - Linger AwhileFrom the Record Shelves #261 – Linger Awhile – I was old enough to work, and I had some money to spend. I went and ordered some records. It took time, but finally I got a letter saying that they had one of them, and it was this one. Was I disappointed? No way (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Studio #32 - The Love I Have for YouFrom the Studio #32 – The Love I Have for You – In later years, the versatile and charismatic singer Alberta Hunter made a fine recording of this, her own composition. I managed to convince Kiki to put it in her repertoire, and we often play it with her singing (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #260 - St. Louis BluesFrom the Record Shelves #260 – St. Louis Blues – Elderly gentlemen playing like young guys, but I wonder if they felt that they had to use as much energy as here, back in the days when Oscar “Papa” Celestin on cornet and maybe some of the others on the LP played in (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #259 - You’re Lucky to MeFrom the Record Shelves #259 – You’re Lucky to Me – Louis Armstrong on record! We hear him breaking out of Oliver’s Creole Jazzband, either as a soloist with Fletcher Henderson or accompanying Bessie Smith and other great singers. We hear him dominating his (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #258 - Clarinet BluesFrom the Record Shelves #258 – Clarinet Blues – There is no information on personnel or recording dates on this LP, so I have to consult other sources that tell me that the impressive clarinet solo by Eugene Cedric was recorded in Paris in 1953. Kansas Fields played drums (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Studio #31 - It's the Talk of the TownFrom the Studio #31 – It’s the Talk of the Town – Many have sung this: Bing Crosby, Red Mc Kenzie, and Annette Hanshaw, to mention a few, who made their interpretations when the song was new in 1933. There is also a very good instrumental one from the same year by (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #257 - Everybody Loves My BabyFrom the Record Shelves #257 – Everybody Loves My Baby – I may be wrong, but I have the impression that the early recordings of the Clarence Williams Blue Five featuring Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet have always been a bit hard to find, especially since I started to (…) read more and listenread more and listen