That Devilin’ Tune - A Jazz History, Vol. I     (9-WHRA 6003)
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That Devilin’ Tune - A Jazz History, Vol. I     (9-WHRA 6003)
PE0149 That Devilin’ Tune - A Jazz History, Vol. I, incl. W. C. Handy, Eubie Blake, Kid Ory, Al Jolson, Bert Williams, Jelly Roll Morton, Bessie Smith, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, etc. (E.U.) 9-West Hill Radio Archives WHRA 6003, recorded 1895 - 1927. Specially priced. - 4015023160033

CRITIC REVIEW:

“The musical landscape that gave birth to jazz during the late 19th and early 20th centuries has seldom been accurately depicted, and is still only partially understood even by the few who try to interact with it on more than a superficial level. While artificially imposed genre delineations have long been used to organize and market audio recordings, they often make a mockery of the diverse culture within which the music evolved. When in 2006 the West Hill Radio Archives brought out the first of four sizable box sets of nine CDs, each containing a total of 851 examples dating from 1895-1950, the producers of the series achieved an unprecedented degree of panoramic comprehensiveness. Vol. 1, a varied and unusually inclusive core sample of historic recordings, traces the multifaceted roots of the tradition by including much of what was in the air when the earliest glimmers of jazz began to appear. (All that is missing, it seems, is the influence of Italian opera and European art music, although these elements are certainly detectable here and there.) Practically everything else that has anything to do with the simultaneous inception of jazz throughout North America is represented here. That includes syncopated orchestral novelties, cakewalks, and ragtime; topical ditties played by military bands and wind ensembles; early vocal harmony groups; traditional folk, and Tin Pan Alley pop; tap dancing, vaudeville, and minstrelsy; Caribbean and Latin American dance music; blues, barrelhouse, jug bands, stride piano, hot jazz, big bands, and early swing.

THAT DEVILIN' TUNE, the song for which the collection was named, is heard performed by Broadway star Stella Mayhew (1875-1934), mainly remembered today for a series of Edison records she cut with vocalist Billie Taylor in 1910 and 1912. The inherent inference of the title is unmistakable -- stage performers, and especially jazz musicians, were saddled with small-minded pejoratives from the get-go, and blues in particular was singled out as ‘the devil's music’." What makes this anthology so thrilling is the inclusion of rarities by artists both legendary and little-known. Bert Williams, Bessie Smith, Sophie Tucker, Al Jolson, Freddie Keppard, Fats Waller, and W.C. Handy co-exist with John Philip Sousa, Voss' 1st Regiment Band, an Argentine tango ensemble known as the Orquesta Typica, and the Brazilian Grupo Bahianainho. Listen for James P. Johnson's very first solo record; Trinidadian pianist Lionel Belasco's Barbados-inspired ‘Bajan Girl’, and ragtime pioneer Ben Harney's phonograph cylinder from 1925. ‘Deacon Jazz’ and ‘Oh How I Love My Darling’ are drawn from near the very beginning of Duke Ellington's discography; the nominal leaders of the zippy little band heard on these sides were drummer Sonny Greer and vocalist Joe Trent. This is a breathtaking reservoir of great old-time music. It is not overkill, nor has it been thrown together haphazardly like so many other quarry-sized compilations. Well-worth investigating not only for the presence of old friends like Bix Beiderbecke, Jelly Roll Morton, and the Boswell Sisters, but especially ever heard before.

- arwulf arwulf, allmusic.com

TRACK LISTING:

DISC 1:

1. Who Broke the Lock - The Standard Quartette 2. Aunt Dinah`s Supper Party - Voss` Ist Regiment Band 3. Clime de Golden Fence - Len Spencer 4. Coon Town Capers - Metropolitan Orchestra 5. Whistlin` Rufus - Sousa Band 6. You`ve Been a Good Old Wagon - Len Spencer 7. My Little Zulu Babe - Williams & Walker 8. Bill Bailey - Arthur Collins 9. On Emancipation Day - Len Spencer 10. Rooster Dance - Hager`s Orchestra 11. Buffalo Rag - Vess Ossman 12. St. Louis Tickle - Prince`s Orchestra 13. St. Louis Rag - Pryor`s Band 14. La Patti Negra - Orquestra Typicas 15. Bride of the Waves - Sir Herbert Clarke 16. When You Ain`t Got No Money - May Irwin 17. Parson Jones Three Reasons - Arthur Collins 18. That Beautiful Rag - Stella Mayhew/Billie Taylor 19. That Lovin` Rag - Sophie Tucker 20. That Devilin` Time - Stella Mayhew 21. Alexander`s Ragtime Band - Collins & Harlan 22. Some of These Days - Sophie Tucker 23. El Cavito - Grupo Bahianainho 24. Bambino - Grupo Bahianainho 25. Destimido - Grupo Bahianainho 26. Red Pepper Rag - Prince`s Orchestra 27. King of the Bungaloos - Gene Greene

DISC 2: THAT DEVILIN` TUNE - A JAZZ HISTORY VOL 1:

1. Wild Cherries Rag - Ed Morton 2. That Lovin` Traumeri - Al Jolson 3. Red Onion Rag - Roy Spangler 4. Temptation Rag - Orch. De Palais De Dance 5. San Francisco Bay - Hedges Brothers & Jacobson 6. Down Home Rag - James Reese Europe 7. You Can`t Get Away From It - Bert Williams 8. Blame It on the Blues - Victor Military Orchestra 9. Follow the Crowd - Irving Berlin 10. You Can`t Get Away From It - Nora Bayes 11. Castle House Rag - James Reese Europe 12. Bajan Girl - Lionel Belasco 13. When You`re a Long Way From Home - Joan Sawyer`s Persian Garden Orchestra 14. Alagazam - Peerless Quartet 15. Sunset Medley - Gustave Haenschen 16. Country Club Medley - Gustave Haenschen 17. Raggin` the Scale - Fred Van Eps 18. Homesickness Blues - Nora Bayes 19. Paradise Blues - Marion Harris 20. St. Louis Blues - Ciro`s Coon Club Orchestra 21. Slippery Hank - Earl Fuller`s Famous Jazz Band 22. Canary Cottage - Frisco Jazz Band 23. Calico Rag - Frank Banta

DISC 3: THAT DEVILIN` TUNE - A JAZZ HISTORY VOL 1: 1. Johnson Jass Blues - Frisco Jazz Band 2. Fuzzy Wuzzy Rag - W.C. Handy 3. That Funny Jas Band - Collins & Harlan 4. Riff Johnson`s Harmony Band - Gene Greene 5. Dixieland Jass Band One Step - Original Dixieland Jazz Band 6. At the Jazz Band Ball - Original Dixieland Jazz Band 7. Tackin` em Down - Van & Schenck 8. Jazz Deluxe - Earl Fuller 9. Rockabye Your Baby - Al Jolson 10. Everybody`s Crazy About the Doggone Blues But I`m Happy - Wilbur Sweatman 11. Indianola - Wilbur Sweatman 12. Ole Miss - Original New Orleans Jazz Band 13. Jada Medley - Original New Orleans Jazz Band 14. Why Cry Blues - Original New Orleans Jazz Band 15. Kansas City Blues - Wilbur Sweatman 16. I`m Done - Alex Rogers 17. Streets of Cairo, The - Art Hickman 18. I Ain`t Got `Em No Time to Have the Blues - Louisiana Five 19. Clarinet Squawk - Louisiana Five 20. Wonderful Pal - Art Hickman 21. Take Me to the Land of Jazz - Marion Harris 22. When Shadows Fall I Hear You Calling - Isham Jones 23. Wait`ll You See - Isham Jones

DISC 4: THAT DEVILIN` TUNE - A JAZZ HISTORY VOL 1:

1. Unlucky Blues - Bert Williams 2. Weeping Willow Blues - Louisiana Five 3. Wang Wang Blues - Paul Whiteman 4. Sounds of Africa - Eubie Blake 5. Brother Low Down - Bert Williams 6. Harlem Strut - James P. Johnson 7. Poor Buttermilk - Zez Confrey 8. There`ll Be Some Changes Made - Ethel Waters 9. Frankie and Johnny - Al Bernard 10. Shake It and Break It - Ladd`s Black Aces 11. Aunt Hagar`s Children`s Blues - Ladd`s Black Aces 12. Old Time Blues - Johnny Dunn 13. Ma - Eubie Blake 14. Royal Garden Blues - Mamie Smith`s Jazz Hounds 15. Unknown Blues - Fletcher Henderson 16. Muscle Shoals Blues - Unidentified 17. Low Down Blues - Sissle`s Sizzling Syncopators 18. Long Gone - Sissle`s Sizzling Syncopators 19. I`ll Be Good But I`ll Be Lonesome - Southern Negro Quartet 20. Pick Me up and Lay Me Down in Dear Old Dixieland - Sophie Tucker 21. San - Husk O`Hare 22. Ory`s Creole Trombone - Kid Ory 23. Society Blues - Kid Ory 24. She Walked Right up and Took My Man Away - Lizzie Miles

DISC 5: THAT DEVILIN` TUNE - A JAZZ HISTORY VOL 1:

1. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate - The Cotton Pickers 2. Birmingham Blues - Fats Waller 3. Montmartre Rag - Mitchell`s Jazz Kings 4. Stumbling - Mitchell`s Jazz Kings 5. Wild Cat Blues - Sidney Bechet 6. Jazzin` Babies Blues - King Oliver 7. You Tell Her, I Stutter - The Cotton Pickers 8. Loose Feet - The Georgians 9. Wolverine Blues - Jelly Roll Morton 10. Big Fat Ham - Jelly Roll Morton 11. Wolverine Stomp - The Sunset Band 12. Cruel Woman - Hitch`s Happy Harmonists 13. Farewell Blues - Isham Jones 14. Misery Blues - Q. Roscoe Snowden 15. Chinaman`s Blues - Erskine Tate`s Vendome Orchestra 16. Hatchethead Blues - Old Southern Jug Band 17. Jubilee Blues - Belle Baker 18. Ill Natured Blues - Bennie Moten/Ada Brown 19. House of David Blues - Midway Dance Orchestra 20. I Just Want a Daddy - Charles Matson 21. Scouting Around - James P. Johnson 22. West Indies Blues - Piron`s New Orleans Orchestra 23. Play That Thing - Ollie Powers 24. When the Jazz Band Starts to Play - Tom Morris

DISC 6: THAT DEVILIN` TUNE - A JAZZ HISTORY VOL 1:

1. Lots O` Mama - Midway Dance Orchestra 2. Shreveport Blues - Clarence Williams` Blue Five 3. London Blues - Jelly Roll Morton 4. Mr. Crump`s Rag - Jesse Crump 5. New Orleans Joys - Jelly Roll Morton 6. Wolverine Blues - Jimmie`s Joys 7. Lady Luck Blues - Mamie Smith 8. If I Can`t Have the Sweetie - Paul Whiteman 9. Mobile Blues - Wade`s Moulin Rouge Orchestra 10. Tim Roof Blues - New Orleans Rhythm Kings 11. Hard Hearted Hannah - Cliff Edwards 12. Frankie and Johnny - Fate Marable 13. Where`s My Sweetie Hiding - Arcadia Peacock Orchestra Of St. Louis 14. Rip Saw Blues - Art Landry & His Orchestra 15. Helen Gone - Vincent Rose Orchestra 16. Monkey Business - Elmer Kaiser & His Ballroom Orchestra 17. Pleasure Mad - Charlie Creath 18. Copenbagen - Fletcher Henderson 19. There`ll Be Some Changes Made - Marion Harris 20. Red Hot - Mound City Blue Blowers 21. Comfortin` Gal - Wendell Hall 22. I Wonder Where My Easy Rider`s Riding Now - Johnny Bayersdorffer 23. Christine - Original Crescent City Jazz Band 24. Everygbody Loves My Baby - Clarence Williams 25. Sweet Like You - Harry Reser

DISC 7: THAT DEVILIN` TUNE - A JAZZ HISTORY VOL 1:

1. Really a Pain - Bucktown 5 2. Deacon Jazz - Duke Ellington 3. Oh How I Love My Baby - Duke Ellington 4. Chicago - Moulin Rouge Orchestra 5. South - Bennie Moten 6. Goofy Dust - Bennie Moten 7. Hard Hearted Hannah - Rosa Henderson 8. Wolverine Blues - Jelly Roll Morton 9. Where`s My Sweetie Hiding - Perly Breed 10. Henpecked Blues - Charlie Straight 11. Hula Lu - Clarence Jones 12. I`m Glad - Sioux City Six 13. Those Panama Mamas - The Cotton Pickers 14. Lazy - Blossom Seely 15. Number 2 Blues - Johnny De Droit 16. Riverboat Shuffle - Wolverines 17. Skoodlum Blues - Jimmy O`Bryant 18. Too Sweet For Words - Lovie Austin 19. Chili Pepper - Fred Longshaw 20. Keep Your Temper - Gulf Coast 7 21. Nights When I`m Lonely - Bowell Sisters 22. Why Can`t It Be Poor Little Me - Stomp 6 23. Careless Love - Oscar Celestin`s Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra 24. Down and Out Blues - Louis Forbstein`s Royal Syncopators 25. Ain`t No Flies on Auntie - Perry`s Hot Dogs

DISC 8: THAT DEVILIN` TUNE - A JAZZ HISTORY VOL 1:

1. Sweet Georgia Brown - The Tennessee Happy Boys 2. Wagon, The - Ben Harney 3. My Pretty Girl - Charles Fulcher 4. Charleston Charlie - Wilshire Dance Orchestra 5. Squeeze Me - Bessie Smith 6. Squeeze Me - Clarence Williams` Blue 5 7. Grandpa`s Spells - Charlie Creath 8. Dallas Blues - Maggie Jones 9. Cataract Rag - Hitch`s Happy Harmonists 10. Nightingale Rag Blues - Hitch`s Happy Harmonists 11. Sugarfoot Stomp - Merritt Brunies & His Friars Inn Orchestra 12. Yes Sir That`s My Baby - Blossom Seely 13. Scratch - Blue Ribbon Syncopators 14. Dirty Rag - Brownlee`s Orchestra Of New Orleans 15. Sweet Man - Danny Small & His Ukulele Boys 16. Jimmies Blues - Jimmie Blythe 17. Grandpa`s Spells - Jelly Roll Morton 18. I Found a New Baby - Ethel Waters 19. Messin` Around - Cookie`s Ginger Snaps 20. Deep Henderson - Charlie Straight 21. Rainy Nights - Duke Ellington 22. Stockholm Stomp - The California Ramblers 23. How Do You Like It Blues - Art Sims & His Creole Band 24. Sam the Accordion Man - The Williams Sisters 25. Sengalese Stomp - Savoy Bearcats

DISC 9: THAT DEVILIN` TUNE - A JAZZ HISTORY VOL 1:

1. Sweetheart O` Mine - Jelly Roll Morton 2. Southern Shout - The Dixieland Jug Blowers 3. Deep Henderson - King Oliver 4. Birth of the Blues, The - Francis Carter 5. Kansas City Shout - Bennie Moten 6. East Arkansas Shout - Sammie Lewis 7. Gatemouth - Kid Ory/Johnny Dodds 8. Too Tight Blues - Kid Ory/Johnny Dodds 9. He`s the Last Word - Ben Pollack 10. Get With - The Redhead 11. High Fever - Coon-Sanders Orchestra 12. I`ll Fly to Hawaii - Brad Gowans 13. Trouble in Mind - Bertha "Chippie" Hill 14. Panama City Ltd. - Ada Brown 15. Brotherly Love - Elgar`s Creole Orchestra 16. Go Joe Go - Phil Napoleon 17. Lazy Drag - Thomas Morris 18. Grayson Street Blues - Margaret Johnson 19. Hot Mustard - Fletcher Henderson 20. Stockyard Strut - Freddie Keppard 21. Old Man Blues - Jimmie Blythe 22. Drew Drop Alley - Sugar Underwood 23. Steppin` on the Gas - Sam Morgan 24. Who`s You Tellin` - The Pebbles 25. Hotter Than That - Louis Armstrong