Frankie Newton The Story of a Forgotten Jazz Trumpeter (2-CD)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: November 11, 2002
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Jasmine Music
- 1.Bright Boy Blues - Scott, Cecil; His Bright Boys
- 2.Springfield Stomp - Scott, Cecil; His Bright Boys
- 3.Gimmie A Pigfoot and A Bottle of Beer - Smith, Bessie
- 4.Take Me For A Buggy Ride - Smith, Bessie
- 5.Moon Over Miami - Karle, Art; His Boys
- 6.I Feel Like A Feather In The Breeze - Karle, Art; His Boys
- 7.Susannah - Karle, Art; His Boys
- 8.Lights Out - Karle, Art; His Boys
- 9.Lost - Mezzrow, Mezz; His Swing Band
- 10.Mutiny In The Parlour - Mezzrow, Mezz; His Swing Band
- 11.Panic Is On - Mezzrow, Mezz; His Swing Band
- 12.At The Rug Cutters' Ball - Hill, Teddy; His Orchestra
- 13.Blue Rhythm Fantasy - Hill, Teddy; His Orchestra
- 14.Passionette - Hill, Teddy; His Orchestra
- 15.You Showed Me The Way - Newton, Frankie Uptown Serenaders
- 16.Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone - Newton, Frankie Uptown Serenaders
- 17.Who's Sorry Now - Newton, Frankie Uptown Serenaders
- 18.Big Boy Blue - Hill, Teddy Nbc Orchestra
- 19.I Found A New Baby - Newton, Frankie Uptown Serenaders
- 20.Brittwood Stomp - Newton, Frankie Uptown Serenaders
- 21.Cause My Baby Says It's So - Newton, Frankie Uptown Serenaders
- 22.Onyx Hop - Newton, Frankie Uptown Serenaders
- 23.Emperor Jones - Barnet, Charlie Orchestra
- 24.Blue Skies - Sullivan, Maxine
- 25.I've Got To Think It Over - Smith, Willie 'The Lion'
- 26.Lady Is A Tramp - Williams, Midge Jazz Jesters
- 27.Chained To A Dream - Bailey, Buster; Rhythm Busters
- 28.Rosetta - Newton, Frankie; His Orchestra
- 29.Minor Jive - Newton, Frankie; His Orchestra
- 30.World Is Waiting For The Sunrise - Newton, Frankie; His Orchestra
- 31.Who - Newton, Frankie; His Orchestra
- 32.Blues My Baby Gave To Me - Newton, Frankie; His Orchestra
- 33.Rompin' - Newton, Frankie; His Orchestra
- 34.Daybreak Blues - Newton, Frankie Quintet
- 35.Port of Harlem Blues - Port of Harlem Jazzmen
- 36.Midnight Blues - Port of Harlem Jazzmen
- 37.Rocking The Blues - Port of Harlem Jazzmen
- 38.Jitters - Newton, Frankie Cafe Society Jazzmen
- 39.Frankie's Jump - Newton, Frankie Cafe Society Jazzmen
- 40.Jam Fever - Newton, Frankie Cafe Society Jazzmen
- 41.Strange Fruit - Holiday, Billie
- 42.Blues For Tommy - Port of Harlem Jazzmen
- 43.After Hours Blues - Newton, Frankie Quintet
- 44.Vamp - Newton, Frankie Cafe Society Jazzmen
- 45.Parallel Fifths - Newton, Frankie Cafe Society Jazzmen
- 46.Twilight In Teheran - Buck Ram Allstars
- 47.Morning Mist - Buck Ram Allstars
- 48.Swing Street - Buck Ram Allstars
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Contains 50 tracks.
Personnel includes: Bessie Smith, Billie Holliday, Maxine Sullivan (vocals); Teddy Hill (leader); Sidney Bechet (soprano saxophone); Mezz Mezzrow, Buster Bailey (clarinet); Willie "The Lion" Smith (piano).
Personnel: Frankie Newton (vocals, trumpet); Pete Brown (vocals, alto saxophone); Teddy Hill (vocals, tenor saxophone); Bill Dillard (vocals, trumpet); O'Neill Spencer (vocals, drums); Chick Bullock, Clarence Palmer, Maxine Sullivan, Midge Williams, Slim Gaillard, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday (vocals); Frank Rice, John "BJ John" Smith, Ulysses Livingston, George Cuomo, Remo Palmieri, Teddy Bunn, Al Casey , Jimmy McLin, Bobby Johnson (guitar); Russell Procope (clarinet, alto saxophone); Cecil Scott (clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Edmond Hall (clarinet, baritone saxophone); Mezz Mezzrow, Benny Goodman, Buster Bailey (clarinet); Charlie Barnet (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Tab Smith (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Sidney Bechet (soprano saxophone); Stanley Payne, Earl Bostic, Ernie Diven, John Williams , Harry Carrel, Howard Johnson , Harold McFerran (alto saxophone); Chu Berry, Don Byas, Kenneth Hollon, Kurt Bloom, Babe Russin, Bud Freeman (tenor saxophone); Jimmy Milazzo, Shad Collins, Bill Coleman (trumpet); Dicky Wells, John d'Agostino, Bob Fishel, J.C. Higginbotham, Jack Teagarden, Tyree Glenn (trombone); Claude Thornhill, Ken Kersey, Ludwig Flato, Sam Allen, Don Frye, James P. Johnson, Joe Bushkin, Albert Ammons, Meade "Lux" Lewis, Sonny White, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Billy Kyle , Buck Washington (piano); Red Norvo (vibraphone); Cozy Cole, George Stafford, Eddie Dougherty, Joe Dale, Lloyd Scott, Big Sid Catlett, Bill Beason (drums).
Liner Note Author: Sally-Ann Worsfold.
Recording information: New York, NY (11/19/1929-09/??/1944).
One of the 20th century's great underappreciated trumpeters, Frank Newton should be recognized and honored among his contemporaries Henry Red Allen, Herman Autrey, Buck Clayton, Bill Coleman, Roy Eldridge, Charlie Shavers, Rex Stewart, and Cootie Williams. Of the nine musicians mentioned thus far, Newton had the shortest life span, and official disapproval of his political activism made work scarce during his final years which coincided with what is remembered as the McCarthy Era. In 2003 Jasmine Records released a double-disc compilation entitled Frank Newton: The Story of a Forgotten Jazz Trumpeter. This superbly constructed portrait album compensated for nearly a half-a-century of relative neglect by bringing forward 50 examples of his work as sideman and leader dating from the years 1929-1944. The chronology opens with two performances by Cecil Scott's Bright Boys, a hot jazz band that originated in Springfield, OH, and included in its lineup trombonist and future Basie bandsman Dicky Wells. Newton is heard in a group backing Bessie Smith; with swing bands led by tenor saxophonist Art Karle and clarinetist Mezz Mezzrow; with Teddy Hill's NBC Orchestra, and at the helm of his own hot little unit which was sometimes billed as his Uptown Serenaders. He is caught sitting in with Charlie Barnet's Orchestra, with Willie the Lion Smith & His Cubs, with clarinetist Buster Bailey's Rhythm Busters and in ensembles accompanying vocalists Midge Williams and Maxine Sullivan. In addition to several sides played by Newton's band which were included in his portion of the Classics Chronological Series but are otherwise quite rare, this collection includes Newton's groundbreaking work with Sidney Bechet and the Port of Harlem Jazzmen, literally the first ensemble ever to be recorded by Blue Note, and his historic Commodore collaboration with Billie Holiday, the human rights protest song "Strange Fruit." This unprecedented survey of Newton's career ends with three solid offerings by Buck Ram's All Stars, a swing-to-bop band that recorded for Savoy in 1944. ~ arwulf arwulf
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