Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles 1921-1956 (4-CD)

by Various Artists
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Released: August 31, 1999
  • Label: Rhino

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 12/9/99, p.81
3.5 stars out of 5 - "...loaded with remarkable, rare live and studio tracks....This anthology serves as a great historical primer..."
Entertainment Weekly - 9/17/99, p.81
"...The less heralded, far earthier music of L.A.'s African-American jazz community gets its props on this eye-opening four-CD set that touches on the work of progenitors...blues-based stylists...swing giants...and bop pioneers..." - Rating: A-
JazzTimes - 1-2/00, pp.109-10
"...There is some fine music on these four CDs, along with some curiosities....What emerges in this portrait...is a scene that...had its remarkable moments and important personalities....'makes the case' for L.A.'s seminal locale in jazz's evolution."
Living Blues - 1-2/00, pp.79-80
"...a jazz-lover's delight....It's hard to imagine a blues or jazz fan who won't enjoy every minute of [this album]."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Ory's Creole Trombone - Ory's Sunshine Orchestra
  • 2.Creole Song - Ory's Creole Jazz Band
  • 3.Get Out of Here - Ory's Creole Jazz Band
  • 4.Blues For Jimmy - Ory's Creole Jazz Band
  • 5.Someday Sweetheart - Jelly Roll Morton's Jazz Band
  • 6.Pearls, The - Jelly Roll Morton
  • 7.Kansas City Stomp - Jelly Roll Morton & His Red Hot Peppers
  • 8.Mamanita - Jelly Roll Morton
  • 9.Harlem - Paul Howard's Quality Serenaders
  • 10.California Swing - Paul Howard's Quality Seranders
  • 11.If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight - Louis Armstrong & His Sebastian New Cotton Club Orchestra
  • 12.Shine - Louis Armstrong & His Sebastian New Cotton Club Orchestra
  • 13.When It's Sleepy Time Down South - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra
  • 14.Dixie Rhythm - The Four Blackbirds
  • 15.Body and Soul - Art Tatum & His Swingsters
  • 16.Tiger Rag - Art Tatum
  • 17.Central Avenue Breakdown - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra
  • 18.T-Bone Blues - T-Bone Walker / Les Hite & His Orchestra
  • 19.Jump For Joy - Duke Ellington (Excerpts)
  • 20.Blues on Central Avenue - Big Joe Turner / Freddie Slack Trio
  • 21.Benny's Bugle - Lee & Lester Young's Orchestra
  • 22.Flying Home - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra
  • 23.Mean Old World - T-Bone Walker
  • 24.Jumpin' in the Groove - Cee Pee Johnson Orchestra

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Straighten up and Fly Right - Nat King Cole
  • 2.Man I Love, The - Nat King Cole
  • 3.Body and Soul - Nat King Cole
  • 4.I Wonder - Cecil Grant
  • 5.Honeydripper, The (Pts. 1 & 2) - Joe Liggins & His Orchestra
  • 6.Swingin' the Boogie - Hadda Brooks
  • 7.That's My Desire - Hadda Brooks
  • 8.Harlem Nocturne - Johnny Otis & His Orchestra
  • 9.Driftin' Blues - Johnny Moore's Three Blazers
  • 10.Tutti Frutti - Slim Gaillard & His Boogiereeners
  • 11.Laguna - Slim Gaillard Quartet
  • 12.Soothe Me - Ernie Andrews
  • 13.Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin' - Ernie Andrews / Wilbert Barranco Trio
  • 14.These Foolish Things - Lester Young
  • 15.R.M. Blues - Roy Milton & His Solid Senders
  • 16.Groovin' High - Gerald Wilson Orchestra
  • 17.Bugle Call Rag - Wilbert Barranco Orchestra
  • 18.Ornithology - Charlie Parker Septet
  • 19.Night in Tunisia, A - Charlie Parker Septet
  • 20.Jump Call - Benny Carter & His Orchestra
  • 21.Bedspread - Baron Mingus & His Octet
  • 22.Pipe Dream - Lady Will Carr / Baron Mingus & His Octet
  • 23.Smooth Sailin' - Lucky Thompson

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Dial-Ated Pupils - Howard McGhee Sextet
  • 2.Up in Dodo's Room - Howard McGhee Sextet
  • 3.Cruisin' With Cab - Gerald Wilson Orchestra
  • 4.Dissonance in Blues - Gerald Wilson Orchestra
  • 5.Mischievous Lady - Dexter Gordon Quintet
  • 6.Chase, The - Dexter Gordon / Wardell Gray
  • 7.Chromatic Aberration - Dexter Gordon Quartet
  • 8.Bikini - Dexter Gordon Quintet
  • 9.I Thought About You - Nellie Lutcher
  • 10.Fine Brown Frame - Nellie Lutcher
  • 11.Call It Stormy Monday - T-Bone Walker
  • 12.Red Top - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra
  • 13.Ain't Nobody's Business - Jimmy Witherspoon
  • 14.Big Fine Girl - Jimmy Witherspoon
  • 15.Blues in Teddy's Flat - Teddy Edwards Quartet
  • 16.Tear Drop Blues - Jimmy Liggins & His Drops of Joy
  • 17.Hop, Skip and Jump - Roy Milton & His Solid Senders
  • 18.So Tired - Roy Milton & His Solid Senders
  • 19.It's April - Buddy Collette Quartet
  • 20.Collette - Buddy Collette Quartet
  • 21.Blues After Hours - Pee Wee Crayton & His Guitar
  • 22.Mingus Fingers - Charles Mingus
  • 23.These Foolish Things - Charles Mingus

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Sippin' With Cisco - Roy Porter's 17 Beboppers
  • 2.Gassin' the Wig - Roy Porter's 17 Beboppers
  • 3.Little Wig - Roy Porter's 17 Beboppers
  • 4.Double Crossing Blues - Johnny Otis Quintette / The Robins / Esther Phillips
  • 5.Pink Champagne - Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers
  • 6.Move - Wardell Gray
  • 7.Please Send Me Someone to Love - Percy Mayfield
  • 8.Black Nite - Charles Brown
  • 9.Money Blues - Camille Howard & Her Boyfriends
  • 10.Deacon's Hop - Big Jay McNeely
  • 11.Sweet and Lovely - Wardell Gray
  • 12.Farmer's Market - Wardell Gray
  • 13.Lover Man - Wardell Gray
  • 14.East of the Sun - Joe Swanson Orchestra / Wardell Gray
  • 15.Thrust - Joe Swanson Orchestra / Wardell Gray
  • 16.3-D - Big Jay McNeely
  • 17.Nervous Man Nervous - Big Jay McNeely
  • 18.Too Marvelous For Words - Art Tatum
  • 19.Lover Man - Art Tatum
  • 20.Champ, The - Frank Morgan
  • 21.De Silva Wig - Gerald Wiggins

Product Description:

Compilation producers: Steven Isoardi, Bob Carlton, Patrick Milligan.
Includes liner notes by Steven Isoardi, Floyd Levin, Phils Pastras, Ken Poston and Jim Dawson.
Digitally remastered by Bob Fisher.
Los Angeles is not usually seen as a hotbed of African-American musical creativity in the first half of the 20th century, but this deluxe box set deflates that misconception in a hurry. From 1921 to 1956 -- the time frame covered by the four discs of Central Avenue Sounds -- jazz of all kinds flourished on Central Avenue, L.A.'s main stem of sepia culture. Kicking off with the ultra rare 78 of "Ory's Creole Trombone" by Kid Ory (the original recording finally speed-corrected to 85.3 rpm), the first disc moves effortlessly, showing who stopped in Los Angeles to record, who stayed, and who jazz's early pioneers were. Early sides from Ory, Jelly Roll Morton, Lionel Hampton, Lester Young, Lee Young, T-Bone Walker, Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum, and the highly underrated Paul Howard Quality Serenaders make up the highlights. Disc two brings the early sounds of jump blues into the mix with sides from the Nat "King" Cole Trio, Hadda Brooks, Joe Liggins, Johnny Otis, and Johnny Moore's Three Blazers, as well as early bop from Charlie Parker and Charles Mingus. Disc three follows the bop and big band trail with seminal sides from Howard McGhee, Gerald Wilson, Dexter Gordon, Teddy Edwards, and Buddy Collette, with blues and jump from T-Bone Walker, Nellie Lutcher, Pee Wee Crayton, and Roy Milton. The final disc moves into the 1950s and shows just how fine the boundary between jazz and R&B truly was, with high-octane sides by Roy Porter's 17 Beboppers, Charles Brown, Wardell Gray, and Camille Howard, as well as honking sax showcases by Big Jay McNeely. There's some amazing music aboard this sumptuous set, and the whole shebang shines the spotlight on a strong and varied musical scene that hasn't been around the reissue block a million times. All kinds of jazz was played on L.A.'s Central Avenue and here are four discs that rightly showcase what a varied and interesting lot it all was. ~ Cub Koda

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