Jimmie Noone Band

The His Best Recordings: 1923-1940

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The Classics label specializes in reissuing the complete output of various top prebop jazz groups. Their Best of Jazz series does the opposite, summing up an artist's career on one CD. This 22-selection set covers the career of clarinetist Jimmie Noone. He is heard in 1923 with King Oliver ("Chattanooga Stomp"), on two songs from 1926 with Doc Cook's Dreamland Orchestra (which also features cornetist Freddie Keppard) and with his own Apex Club Orchestra during 1928-30, 1933-34, 193637 and two songs from 1940. Although five experts picked out the numbers, the later pieces are not as worthy as the 1928 sides. This CD does achieve its purpose, including such highlights of Jimmie Noone's career as "A Monday Date," "Sweet Lorraine," "My Daddy Rocks Me" and "Apex Blues," but more serious collectors will want everything else too, making the Classics reissues a wiser buy.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:57
2
feat: Jimmie Noone
3:22
3
feat: Jimmie Noone
2:40
4
feat: Jimmie Noone
2:55
5
feat: Jimmie Noone
3:11
6
feat: Jimmie Noone
3:01
7
feat: Jimmie Noone
3:00
8
feat: Jimmie Noone
3:06
9
feat: Jimmie Noone
3:29
10
feat: Jimmie Noone
2:51
11
feat: Jimmie Noone
3:04
12
feat: Jimmie Noone
2:54
13
feat: Jimmie Noone
2:46
14
feat: Jimmie Noone
3:06
15
feat: Jimmie Noone
2:51
16
feat: Jimmie Noone
2:54
17
feat: Jimmie Noone
3:00
18
feat: Jimmie Noone
2:57
19
feat: Jimmie Noone
3:21
20
feat: Jimmie Noone
3:06
21
feat: Jimmie Noone
2:50
22
feat: Jimmie Noone
2:45
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