From the Studio #1 - A Porter's Love Song to a ChambermaidFrom the Studio #1 – A Porter’s Love Song to a Chambermaid – The first out is A Porter’s Love Song too a Chamber Maid. The tune is much less complicated than the title and it’s a good one for a jam session. On classical recordings there is one by Jimmie Noone (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #182 - Oh Me! Oh My!From the Record Shelves #182 – Oh Me! Oh My! – Sometimes a collector or a specialist comes up with recorded evidence that jazz was everywhere, thus debating if New Orleans really was the birthplace of jazz. But in any case, the city had more jazz than anyplace else (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #181 - Dippermouth BluesFrom the Record Shelves #181 – Dippermouth Blues – The two musically sympathetic Dorsey brothers could still cooperate when these sessions were made. Both were already experienced in the jazz idiom and had a technique on their instruments that few could match (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #180 - My Kinda LoveFrom the Record Shelves #180 – My Kinda Love – This was probably the first record in the Vintage Series that I bought back in 1966. It is a retrospective compilation of trombonist Jack Teagarden’s participation on records from 1928 until 1957 (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #179 - Boneyard ShuffleFrom the Record Shelves #179 – Boneyard Shuffle – I look at the cover and see a young Red Nichols in a reflective mood, looking at his mouthpiece with his most precious belonging, the trumpet in the lap. He’s well-dressed, and everything in the music is also (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #178 - MeFrom the Record Shelves #178 – Me – It’s rewarding for me to listen to American dance bands from the 20s and beginning of the 30s. We often get good melodies and fine inventive arrangements well played by the best musicians around, and then if (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #177 - Creole BluesFrom the Record Shelves #177 – Creole Blues – Today it’s the other Dodds, the brother of Johnny, who is in focus. Warren “Baby” Dodds, six years younger than Johnny, had a tough beginning. When he had learned to play drums and wanted to sit in with (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #176 - Funny FumbleFrom the Record Shelves #176 – Funny Fumble – Here is another good Ace of Hearts LP. It’s hot, well-performed and arranged music, throughout with many things happening. Still, those recordings risk falling through the cracks when it comes to re-editions since (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #175 - On the Sunny Side of the StreetFrom the Record Shelves #175 – On the Sunny Side of the Street – This is a great recording, but somehow hidden. I don’t think that I ever had it on an LP, but I had it recorded on reel-to-reel tape from the radio. In the beginning of the 30s, Louis Armstrong (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #174 - Joe Turner BluesFrom the Record Shelves #174 – Joe Turner Blues – This is another lucky day, starting with the big round sound from the great Johnny Dodds’ clarinet coming out of the speakers. In 1927, “Johnny Dodds’ Black Bottom Stompers” made an attempt to revive (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #173 - 31st Street BluesFrom the Record Shelves #173 – 31st Street Blues – When I started to listen to jazz, I learned many things from the books. One often repeated “truth” was that Fletcher Henderson’s Orchestra was nothing but a common dance orchestra until Louis (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #172 - Parlor Social StompFrom the Record Shelves #172 – Parlor Social Stomp – Once, when I was in Paris, I heard that the attendants of the museums held a wild one-day strike, so you could enter without paying. I made a quick visit to the Louvre to have a new look at Mona Lisa (…) read more and listenread more and listen