That Devilin’ Tune - A Jazz History, Vol. II    (9-WHRA 6004)
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That Devilin’ Tune - A Jazz History, Vol. II    (9-WHRA 6004)
PE0150. That Devilin’ Tune - A Jazz History, Vol. II, incl. Bix Beiderbecke, Paul Whiteman, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Fletcher Henderson, Art Tatum, Jimmy Dorsey, Django Reinhardt, etc. (E.U.) 9-West Hill Radio Archives WHRA 6004, recorded 1927-34. Specially priced. - 4015023160040

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:

01 01 BEIDERBECKE, BIX / TRUMBAUER, FRANKIE - I'M COMIN' 02 MCKENZIE, RED / CONDON, EDDIE - NOBODY'S SWEETHEAR 03 OLSEN, GEORGE - SAM THE ACCORDIAN MAN 04 MILLER, RAY - MY HONEY'S LOVIN' ARMS 05 ELLINGTON, DUKE - WHAT CAN A POOR FELLOW DO 06 BEIDERBECKE, BIX - SORRY 07 DUMAINE, LOUIS - PRETTY AUDREY 08 DUMAINE, LOUIS - TO-WA-BA-CA 09 BEIDERBECKE, BIX / TRUMBAUER, FRANKIE - BALTIMORE 10 STONE, JESSE - BOOT TO BOOT 11 SPIKES, REB - MY MAMMY'S BLUES 12 JOHNNY HYMAN'S BAYOU STOMPERS - ALLIGATOR BLUES 13 DOODS, JOHNNY / PARHAM, TINY - OH DADDY 14 HANSHAW, ANNETTE - MISS ANNABELLE LEE 15 GOLDKETTE, JEAN - I' GONNA MEET MY SWEETIE NOW 16 WEEMS, TED - SHE'LL NEVER MEET A FELLOW LIKE ME 17 BRADFORD, PERRY - IT'S RIGHT HERE FOR YOU 18 DIXIE STOMPERS - WANG WANG BLUES 19 MCKINNEY, SADIE - ROCK AWAY 20 WHITEMAN, PAUL - CHANGES 21 WILLIAMSON'S BEALE STREET FROLIC ORCHESTRA - MIDNI 22 CELESTIN, OSCAR - IT'S JAM UP 23 VOORHEES, DON - SOLILOQUY 24 MOLE, MIFF - HONOLULU BLUES 02 01 TRUMBAUER, FRANKIE - HUMPTY DUMPTY 02 VENUTI & LANG - GOING PLACES 03 TRUMBAUER, FRANKIE - A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND 04 WHITEMAN, PAUL / CROSBY, BING - I'M COMIN' VIRGINI 05 ROBISON, CARSON / DALHART, VERNON - WHEN THE SUN G 06 WHITEMAN, PAUL - LONELY MELODY 07 GOLDKETTE, JEAN - I'M PROUD OF A BABY LIKE YOU 08 HINES, EARL - STOWAWAY 09 JACKSON, JIM - WHEN I WOKE UP THIS MORNING 10 DICKERSON, CARROLL - SYMPHONIC RAPS 11 FREEMAN, BUD - CRAZEOLOGY 12 ELLINGTON, DUKE - SWAMPY RIVER 13 BURTON & BLYTHE - DUSTIN' THE KEYS 14 BERTON, BUDDY - SILVERY MOON 15 WATERS, ETHEL - GET UP OFF YOUR KNEES 16 JAXON, FRANKIE - JASPAR'S BARBECUE 17 LEWIS, TED - SHIM-ME-SHAW WOBBLE 18 LAMAR, SLIM - GOOFUS 19 BRITT, MART - GOOSE GREEK 20 ARMSTRONG, LOUIS - WEST END BLUES 21 DODDS, JOHNNY - BUCKTOWN STOMP 22 JONES, CLARENCE - 'MID THE PYRAMIDS 23 CARMICHAEL, HOAGY - WALKIN' THE DOG 24 MCKENZIE, RED / CONDON, E. - FROM MONDAY ON 25 BENTLEY, GLADYS - WORRIED BLUES 03 01 EDWARDS, CLIFF - THAT'S MY WEAKNESS NOW 02 TUB JUG WASHBOARD BAND - LADY QUIT HER HUSBAND... 03 ANDERSON, PINK / DOOLEY, SIMMIE - TIPPIN' OUT 04 CHICAGO FOOTWARMERS - GET 'EM AGAIN BLUES 05 DORSEY, TOMMY - IT'S RIGHT HERE FOR YOU 06 SENTER, BOYD - STACK O'LEE BLUES 07 SENTER, BOYD - SOMEBODY'S WRONG 08 KIMBROUGH, LOTTIE - WAYWARD GIRL BLUES 09 TUCKER, SOPHIE - 'CAUSE I FEEL LOW DOWN 10 DALLAS STRING BAND - I USED TO CALL HER BABY 11 FRENCHY'S STRING BAND - TEXAS & PACIFIC BLUES 12 SMITH, BESSIE / GREEN, CHARLIE - EMPTY BED BLUES 13 HAZEL, MONK - IDEAS 14 TRENT, ALPHONSO - NIGHTMARE 15 WHITEMAN, PAUL - SWEET SUE 16 WARD, JOE / SWANEE SERENADERS - TRAFFIC JAM 17 SIZZLERS, THE - DIGA DIGA DOO 18 CARROL DICKERSON'S SAVOY ORCHESTRA - MISSOURI SQUA 19 DORSEY BROTHERS, THE - MELANCHOLY BABY 20 TERRY, THELMA - VOICE OF THE SOUTHLAND 21 MEROFF, BENNY - SMILING SKIES 22 LEWIS, TED - CLARINET MARMALADE 23 PETTIS, JACK - BROADWAY STOMP 24 MCKINNEY'S COTTON PICKERS - STOP KIDDING 04 01 ELLINGTON, DUKE - TAKE IT EASY 02 JOHNSON, JAMES P. / ORCHESTRA - CHICAGO BLUES 03 JOHNSON, CHARLIE - CHARLESTON IS THE BEST DANCE OF 04 EVANS, ROY - JAZZBO DAN & HIS YODELIN' BAND 05 GOODMAN, BENNY - A JAZZ HOLIDAY 06 CALABRESE, LOU / HOT SKETHES - LIP-STICK 07 BERNARD, AL - 'TAINT SO HONEY, 'TAINT SO 08 VENUTI, JOE / NEW YORKERS - DOIN' THINGS 09 HORSEY'S HOT 5 - WEEPING BLUES 10 BEIDERBECKE, BIX / TRUMBAUER, FRANKIE - JUBILEE 11 JOHNSON, ALEC / MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS - SISTER MAUD M 12 MCKINNEY'S COTTON PICKERS - MY BLACKBIRDS ARE BLUE 13 CHICAGO RHYTHM KINGS - THERE'LL BE SOME CHANGES MA 14 SMITH, PINE TOP - NOBODY KNOWS YOU WHEN YOU'RE DOW 15 CROSBY, BING - MY KINDA LOVE 16 RHYTHM BOYS, THE - SO THE BLUEBIRDS & THE BLACKBIR 17 ARMSTRONG, LOUIS - BLUE TURNING GREY OVER YOU 18 MCKENZIE, RED / HAWK / RUSSEL - ONE HOUR 19 COCTEAU, JEAN - LA TOISON D'OR 20 TRUMBAUER, FRANKIE / BEIDERBECKE, BIX - I LIKE THA 21 ROBISON, CARSON & HIS KANSAS CITY JACKRABBITS - NO 22 LANGE, HENRY & HIS BAJER HOTEL ORCHESTRA - SOMEBOD 23 HARDY, MARLOW / ALABAMANS - SONG OF THE BAYOU 05 01 EZELL, WILL - WEST COAST RAG 02 DUERSON, HUERVE - AVENUE STRUT 03 STELLIO ORCHESTRA ANTILLAIS - EN SENS UNIQUE 04 L'ORCHESTRA ANTILLAIS - SERPENT MAIGRE 05 WALLER, FATS - SMASHING THIRDS 06 PARHAM, TINY - JUNGLE CRAWL 07 MISSOURIANS - MARKET STREET STOMP 08 SCOTT, CECIL - BRIGHT BOY BLUES 09 ELIZADE, FRED - NOBODY'S SWEETHEART 10 JUNGLETOWN STOMPERS - SLOW AS MOLASSES 11 WILLIAMS, FESS - DO SHUFFLE 12 TREMAINE, PAUL - FOUR FOUR RHYTHM 13 MILLER, EMMET - LOVIN' SAM 14 JACKSON, PAPA CHARLIE - BABY PLEASE LOAN ME YOUR H 15 THEARD, SAM - YOU RASCAL YOU 16 ALEXANDER, TEXAS / MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS - SEEN BETTE 17 DILLESHAW, JOHN - COTTON PATCH RAG 18 MEMPHIS JUG BAND - K C MOAN 19 ROBINSON, IKEY / BLYTHE, JIMMY - GIN MILL BLUES 20 BARNES, H. M. - MANDOLIN RAG 21 MISSISSIPPI MUD STEPPERS - JACKSON STOMP 22 HAYES, CLIFFORD - AUTOMOBILE STOMP 23 LANG, EDDIE / JOHNSON, LONNIE - HANDFUL OF RIFFS 24 JONES / COLLINS ASTORIA HOT EIGHT - DAMP WEATHER 06 01 SIMEON, OMER / HINES, EARL - BEAU KOO JACK 02 PAGE, WALTER / BLUE DEVULS - SQUABBLIN' 03 MILLS, FLOYD / MARYLANDERS - CHICAGO RHYTHM 04 WHYTE, ZACK - WEST END BLUES 05 WHITEMAN, PAUL - SONG OF INDIA 06 LANG, EDDIE / DORSEY, TOMMY / SCHUTT, ARTHUR - FRE 07 DORSEY, JIMMY - PRAYIN' THE BLUES 08 MORTON, JELLY ROLL - FREAKISH 09 LEE, GEORGE E. - ROUGH SCUFFLIN' 10 SMITH, JABBO - SWEET & LOW BLUES 11 NOONE, JIMMY / ALIX, MAY - MY DADDY ROCKS ME 12 GARNETT, BLIND LEROY - LOUISIANA GLIDE 13 BURRIS, JOHN - PICCOLO PETE 14 PURVIS, JACK - WHAT'S THE USE OF CRYIN' BABY ? 15 JOHNSON, JAMES P. - CRYIN' FOR THE CAROLINES 16 WILLIAMS, MARY LOU - NIGHT LIFE 17 CROSBY, BING - IT MUST BE TRUE 18 RUSSELL, LUIS - PANAMA 19 OLIVER, KING - YOU'RE JUST MY TYPE 20 TRENT, ALPHONSO - AFTER YOU'VE GONE 21 YOUNG, BILLIE / MORTON, J. R. - WHEN THEY GET LOVI 22 BLAKE, BLIND - RIGHTEOUS BLUES 23 TOBIER, BEN - HOT & HEAVY 24 DORSEY, JIMMY - I'M JUST WILD ABOUT HARRY 07 01 EAST TEXAS SERENADERS - BABE 02 CARMICHAEL, HOAGY - BARNACLE BILL THE SAILOR 03 WHITEMAN, PAUL - CHOO CHOO 04 GARDNER, FRED / TEXAS UNIV. TROUBADOURS - NO TRUMP 05 TRENT, ALPHONSO - ST. JAMES INFIRMARY 06 LOMBARDO, GUY - ST. LOUIS BLUES 07 MOTEN, BENNIE - OH EDDIE 08 MOTEN, BENNIE - THAT TOO, DO 09 RECTOR TRIO - SKYLAND RAG 10 MELROSE, FRANK - PIANO BREAKDOWN 11 MELROSE, FRANK - COSMICS 12 KEMP, HAL - THEM THERE EYES 13 ARMSTRONG, LOUIS - DEAR OLD SOUTHLAND 14 BEIDERBECKE, BIX - DEEP DOWN SOUTH 15 CARMICHAEL, HOAGY - GEORGIA ON MY MIND 16 CELLAR BOYS, THE - WAILING BLUES 17 HENDERSON, FLETCHER - CHINATOWN 18 HENDERSON, FLETCHER - SOMEBODY LOVES ME 19 NICHOLS, RED - CHINA BOY 20 FINNELL, DOUGLAS / ROYAL STOMPERS - SWEET SWEET WO 21 FRANKO, FRANKIE - SOMEBODY STOLE MY GAL 22 HENDERSON, FLETCHER - MY PRETTY GIRL 23 MILLS BLUE RHYTHM BAND - BLUE RHYTHM 08 01 PERKINS, RED - HARD TIMES STOMP 02 BAILEYS, MILDRED - GEORGIA ON MY MIND 03 BOSWELL, CONNIE - CONCENTRATIN' ON YOU 04 REINHARDT, DJANGO - CARINOSA 05 CLAPP, SONNY - EASY COME, EASY GO LOVE 06 BOSWELL SISTERS - SHOUT SISTER SHOUT 07 CALLOWAY, CAB - KICKIN' THE GONG AROUND 08 STATE STREET RAMBLERS - WILD MAN STOMP 09 KARDOS, GENE - BUSINESS IN F 10 RODGERS, JIMMY - TRAVELIN' BLUES 11 SHEIKS, ALABAMA - TRAVELIN' RAILROAD MAN BLUES 12 DORSEY BROTHERS - I CAN'T GET MISSISSIPPI OFF MY M 13 GOODMAN, BENNY - AFTER YOU'VE COME 14 WALLER, FATS - I'M CRAZY ABOUT MY BABY 15 SNOWDEN, ELMER - BUGLE CALL RAG 16 REDMAN, DON - TROUBLE WHY PICK ON ME? 17 JONES, ISHAM - SENTIMENTAL GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA 18 BECHET, SIDNEY / LADNIER, TOMMY - SWEETIE DEAR 19 EDINBOROUGH, EDDIE / LEECAN, BOBBY - BROWN BABY 20 LANG, EDDIE / KRESS, CARL - FEELING MY WAY 21 MOTEN, BENNIE - LAFAYETTE 22 PALMER, ROY / HUDSON, BOB - TROMBONE SLIDE 23 MEMPHIS NIGHTHAWKS - SWEET FEET 24 PONCE SISTERS - CONTENTED 25 CROSBY, BING - SOME OF THESE DAYS 09 01 CHOCOLATE DANDIES - BLUE INTERLUDE 02 CHOCOLATE DANDIES - CLOUDY SKIES 03 ELLINGTON, DUKE - MERRY GO ROUND 04 NORVO, RED - IN A MIST 05 CARTER, BENNY - SYMPHONY IN RIFFS 06 PUCKETT, RILEY - K. C. RAILROAD BLUES 07 POLLACK, BEN - TWO TICKETS TO GEORGIA 08 HAWKINS, C. / ALLEN, R. - THE DAY YOU CAME ALONG 09 CASA LOMA ORCHESTRA - WILD GOOSE CHASE 10 HUGHES, SPIKE - FIREBIRD 11 HUGHES, SPIKE - PASTORAL 12 ARMSTRONG, LOUIS - CHINATOWN 13 HAYMES, JOE - LIMEHOUSE BLUES 14 FOUR SOUTHERN SINGERS - HAMBONE AM SWEET 15 BRIGGS, ARTHUR - NOBODY SWEETHEART 16 REEVES, REUBEN - YELLOW FIRE 17 SPRITS OF RHYTHM - I GOT RHYTHM 18 ARMSTRONG, LOUIS - I GOTTA RIGHT TO SING THE BLUES 19 WILEY, LEE - I GOTTA RIGHT TO SING THE BLUES 20 TRENT, ALPHONSO - I FOUND A NEW BABY 21 TATUM, ART - SOPHISTIVATED LADY 22 BRANDSHAW, TINY - SHE'LL BE COMIN' ROUND THE MOUNT 23 MILLS BROTHERS - I FOUND A NEW BABY