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OSCAR "PAPA" CELESTIN & SAM MORGAN Jazz Oracle 8002 Recorded In New Orleans, 1925-28 ● CD $16.98
25 tracks, 76 min., recommended Two of the original 1920's jazz band leaders from New Orleans, Papa Celestin and Sam Morgan produced nicely arranged, yet virtually unrecorded music. In fact, black bands from the period are so poorly represented on wax today, this disc has 23 of the 35 recordings made by these two groups between '25 and '28. The music is fairly old-timey, with period vocals and the ever-popular swanee whistle, but Celestin's Original Jazz Orchestra and Morgan's Jazz Band were two of the better syncopated brass bands of the day. The OJO shines on Black Rag/ Station Calls/ It's Jam Up and As You Like It, while Morgan's bluesier, rhythmically oriented music is best represented by toe-tappers such as Steppin' On The Gas/ Everybody's Talking About Sammy/ Mobile Stomp and Bogalousa Strut. As always, an excellent remastering job by J.R. T. Davies. (PL)

OSCAR "PAPA" CELESTIN'S TUXEDO JAZZ BAND Arhoolie-Folklyric CD 7024 1950 Radio Broadcasts ● CD $12.98
23 tracks, 77 minutes, recommended. All those trips that Chris Strachwitz made in the early 60's to see George Lewis in the Beverley Caverns made him an addict to New Orleans jazz for life. When it came to music from New Orleans, he soon became an expert in finding "the really good stuff." This recording documents the trumpeter Celestin, who was one of the pioneer New Orleans jazz musicians making recordings as early as 1925. He enjoyed a remarkable comeback in the 1950's with this superb band. These recordings come from the weekly "Dixieland Jambake" radio broadcasts which were aired nationally over the ABC radio network. I love the radio introductions and back-and-forth patter between Celestin and his band members. This is the real thing--I guaaaarrrranteeeee it. (SM)

MAURICE CHEVALIER ASV CDAJA 5016 Encore, Maurice! ● CD $11.98
19 of Maurice's best, from 1928-31, most sung in French. Inc. his 1st (I guess, no info given) recording from 1925, Savez-Vous , with The Pathe Studio Orch., with the majority of the rest backed by Leonard Joy Orch. Inc. a 6 1/2 minute Maurice Chevalier Medley from 1930 with The Jack Hylton Orch. that inc. Louise/ You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me . Also Hello Beautiful/ Mama Inez/ Paris, Je T'aime D'Amour/ Right Now! 55 minutes. (GM)

CHARLIE CHRISTIAN Columbia CK 40846 The Genius Of The Electric Guitar ● CD $13.98
16 of Christian's most brilliant recordings with various Benny Goodman groups recorded between 1939 and 1941.

JUNE CHRISTY Capitol 98452-2 The Misty Miss Christy ● CD $11.98
Reissue of Christy's second album, cut in 1956 with a pantheon of solid jazz accompanists. The follow-up to Something Cool, this album offers That's All/ Daydream/ Round Midnight/ For All We Know/ Dearly Beloved and two bonus tracks - You Took Advantage of Me/ Intrigue. 14 tracks total.

BUDDY CLARK Collectables 6047 Linda ● CD $13.98
24 tracks from smooth pop vocalist of the 30s and 40s - It's A Big, Wide, Wonderful, World/ I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You/ Linda/ You're Too Dangerous Cherie/ I'll See You In My Dreams, etc.

SONNY CLARK Blue Note 46513-2 Cool Struttin' ● CD $11.98
CD issue of Blue Note 1588 from 1958, with extra cuts. This is the complete Cool Struttin' sessions from Jan. 5, 1958, with Art Farmer(t), Jack McLean(as), Clark(p), Paul Chambers(b) and Philly Joe Jones(d). The original album had the title tunes + Blue Minor/ Sippin' At Bells/ Deep Night . The CD adds another 16 minutes of music, Royal Flush & Lover , originally half of the never issued Blue Note 1592. Liner notes are from the recent reissue of that album, called Cool Struttin' Vol. 2 , and contains references to tunes not on the CD! Total playing time is 53 minutes. (GM)

JAMES CLAY Original Jazz Classics 1790 Double Dose Of Soul ● CD $16.98

LARRY CLINTON Circle 58 1942 And 1949 ● CD $15.98

LARRY CLINTON & HIS ORCHESTRA Hindsight 109 Uncollected ● CD $9.98

ARNETT COBB Original Jazz Classics 794 Blow Arnett Blow ● CD $12.98

ARNETT COBB & DINAH WASHINGTON Highnote 7068 Cobb & His Mob In Concert ● CD $14.98
Live set from 1952 featuring Cobb and his group doing seven tunes before being joined by Dinah for a set who brings up Cootie Williams from the audience to join them.

ARNETT COBB & HIS ORCHESTRA Classics 1071 1946-47 ● CD $15.98

JUNIE C. COBB Original Jazz Classics 1825 Chicago: Living Legends ● CD $16.98

NAT "KING" COLE Curb 77408 Greatest Country Songs ● CD $9.98
Original recordings of Cole's pop and country cuts, including Your Cheatin' Heart/ He'll Have To Go/ Ramblin' Rose/ Goodnight Irene/ Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer/ Miss You - 12 cuts.

NAT KING COLE Blue Note 96693-2 Jazz Encounters ● CD $11.98
21 tracks, 61 min., recommended. No Nature Boy or Unforgettable here - producer Michael Cuscuna has scoured the Capitol vaults for jazz collaborations that show off Cole's pianistic side in a profusion of rarely-heard settings. From the top, Nat exhibits distinctive bop phrasing on two takes of Leap Here, clearly enjoying the company of the 1947 Metronome All-Stars. We meet up with the Stan Kenton Orch. for one number, and then join the Capitol International Jazzmen for six takes. This 1945 band was simply awesome, with Coleman Hawkins, Benny Carter, John Kirby, Buster Bailey, a very young Max Roach and more stirring up a storm of swing. Cole's accompaniment to Jo Stafford and Nellie Lutcher is in a very different vein, but he is masterful as always, and makes a sharp singing partner for Nellie. Small groupings finish up the show, with two versions of the Cole Trio backing vocal duets with Woody Herman and Johnny Mercer. A little hokum, but that goes down fine with the more serious encounters here. (MB)

NAT KING COLE Capitol 27316 Rockin' Boppin' & Blues ● CD $17.98
18 track collection of some of Nat's more up-tempo, jivey and bluesy numbers. Mostly from his Trio days in the 40s plus a couple of later cuts recorded live with a big band. Includes I'm An Errand Boy For Rhyth/ Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You/ (Get Your Kicks) On Route 66/ Baby, Baby All The Time/ I Think You Get What I Mean/ Blues In My Shower/ Walkin'/ Beale Street Blues/ Joe Turner Blues/ Mr. Cole Won't Rock & Roll and more.

NAT KING COLE Capitol 48328-2 The Complete After Midnight Sessions ● CD $15.98
The great After Midnight LP (Capitol 782 from 1958) was one of Nat's last and most superb jazz LPs, with the Trio with John Collins(g) & Charlie Harris(b) joined by drummer Lee Young (Lester's bro) who had played a lot with Nat in the 40's. Added to this 4-some on 4 seperate Aug. & Sept. '56 sessions were guest stars Sweets Edison(t), Willie Smith(as), Juan Tizol(v.tb) & Stuff Smith(vi). When the LP was digitally remastered, 5 more unissued cuts were found. Now all 17 cuts are available on this exquisite CD, a must for Cole fans and a great place for the jazz fan to discover Nat. Route 66/ Caravan/ Sweet Lorraine/ It's Only A Paper Moon  (GM)

NAT KING COLE Capitol 80595-2 Lush Life ● CD $11.98
25 tracks, 72 min., good. A good collection for Cole fanatics, but the selection of songs leans heavily toward corn with Cole and wife Maria doing husband- wife vocal sparring on four tunes including Hey, Not Now! (I'll Tell You When) and It's a Man Every Time. The big band arrangements are upbeat, just fine, but not very exciting. Recorded between 1949 and 1952 with producer-bandleader and Stan Kenton arranger Rugolo in charge, its main selling point is that Cole adds class to everything he sings. Which is why he consistently outsold the supposedly more popular Frank Sinatra while both were at Capitol in the '50s, and continues to do so with CD reissues. ( LK)

NAT KING COLE Capitol 96259-2 Big Band Cole ● CD $11.98
17 selections from the 50's and early 60's - 12 tracks with the Count Basie band (with Gerald Wiggins on piano), and 5 with Stan Kenton's orchestra, featuring Cole, Paul Smith and Kenton on the keys. Solid swingin' sides like Avalon/ The Late Late Show/ The Blues Don't Care/ Orange Colored Sky/ Steady.

NAT KING COLE & BUDDY RICH Black Lion 760137 Anatomy Of A Jam Session ● CD $13.98

NAT KING COLE TRIO Capitol Jazz 33571 The Best Of - Vocal Classics, 1942-46 ● CD $15.98

NAT KING COLE TRIO Capitol Jazz 98288-2 The Best Of The Nat King Cole Trio ● CD $15.98
Pretty music from more than just another pretty face. Cole could sing, yes, but he also played exceptional jazz piano with the same sense of swing and style he brought to his vocals. Cole lightens his trio sound by foregoing a drummer in favor of a guitarist (Oscar Moore) so that the bass (Johnny Miller) supplies the bottom and accents. In turn, his piano is free to rock and soar as he embellishes and improvises upon a given melody. Cole even displays a classic touch on Prelude In C Sharp Minor. Beautiful stuff. (PL)


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