Red Nichols That's a Bargain!
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- Released: April 11, 2005
- Label: Asv Living Era
- 1.Washboard Blues
- 2.That's No Bargain
- 3.Buddy's Habits
- 4.Boneyard Shuffle
- 5.Alabama Stomp
- 7.Davenport Blues
- 8.Bugle Call Rag
- 11.Five Pennies
- 12.Mean Dog Blues
- 13.Riverboat Shuffle
- 15.Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider
- 16.Feelin' No Pain
- 17.Nobody's Sweetheart
- 20.Original Dixieland One Step
- 21.I Never Knew
- 22.Sweet Georgia Brown
- 23.China Boy
- 25.I Got Rhythm
- 26.Corrine Corrina
Personnel: Red Nichols (clarinet); Wingy Manone (vocals, tuba); Dick Robertson (vocals); Dick McDonough (guitar, banjo); Carl Kress (guitar); Tony Colucci (banjo); Edward Bergman, Joe Venuti (violin); Larry Binyon (flute, tenor saxophone); Fud Livingston (clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Benny Goodman (clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Jimmy Dorsey (clarinet, alto saxophone); Pee Wee Russell (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Sid Stoneburn (alto saxophone); Babe Russin (tenor saxophone); Adrian Rollini (baritone saxophone); Manny Klein, Leo McConville, Ruby Weinstein, Charlie Teagarden (trumpet); Glenn McGaha Miller, Jack Teagarden, Miff Mole (trombone); Joe Tarto (tuba); Lennie Hayton (piano, celesta); Joe Sullivan , Arthur Schutt (piano); Chauncey Morehouse (vibraphone, drums); Gene Krupa, Vic Berton (drums).
Additional personnel: Eddie Lang, Glenn Miller, Jack Teagarden, Jimmy Dorsey, Joe Venuti, Miff Mole, Pee Wee Russell, Benny Goodman.
Audio Remasterer: Martin Haskell.
Liner Note Author: Vic Bellerby.
Recording information: New York, NY (12/08/1926-12/10/1930).
Arrangers: Lennie Hayton; Red Nichols.
Bobbing on the surface of a posthumous Red Nichols discography that teems with well-crafted compilations, Living Era's Centenary Issue tribute album That's a Bargain! might well be the best of them all. In addition to some of the tastiest sides ever cut by the Five Pennies and the Charleston Chasers, there are three tracks recorded in January of 1927 by Red & Miff's Stompers, an updated version of a fine little band with whom Nichols and trombonist Miff Mole had made excellent records for the Edison label a few months earlier. Note the presence of dignified pianist Arthur Schutt and master percussionist Vic Berton, who did wonderful things with the timpani but also employed a vibraphone identified as a "harpophone" (he used it to generate accents like a glockenspiel). Indeed this part of the Red Nichols story provides posterity with much of Berton's best work on record. That's more important than you might think, as he was the very first person to play jazz on the kettledrum. This album's collective lineup of great jazz players is astonishing to behold, for here are guitarists Eddie Lang, Carl Kress, and Dick McDonough; post-Berton drummers Chauncey Morehouse and Gene Krupa; brass men Nichols, Mole, Jack and Charlie Teagarden, Glenn Miller, Dudley Fosdick, and Wingy Manone; and reed players Benny Goodman, Pee Wee Russell, Jimmy Dorsey, Adrian Rollini, Fud Livingston, Babe Russin, and Larry Binyon. These names are essential components in a constellation of hot jazz as it was played in New York between the years 1926 and 1930. This marvelous album closes with the only two vocals: a golly-gee treatment of "I Got Rhythm" by Dick Robertson and a very hip handling of "Corrine Corrina" by singing trumpeter Wingy Manone. ~ arwulf arwulf
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