Various Artists

The Territories, Vol. 2

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There is quite a variety of performances on this interesting LP, much of it quite valuable. It starts off with all of the recordings of the important Kansas City band George E. Lee's Novelty Singing Orchestra (two titles from 1927 and four from 1929) plus the two songs on which the band backs the vocals of its pianist, the legendary (and future star) Julia Lee ("He's Tall, Dark and Handsome" and "Won't You Come over to My House"). In addition there are four songs from the spirited if primitive Alex Jackson's Plantation Orchestra (their "Jackass Blues" is a classic), a number by Curtis Mosby's Dixieland Blue Blowers that is taken from a movie and the complete output (two songs) by the completely obscure Erwing Brothers Orchestra in 1933. Collectors of early jazz should consider this music (most of which has not yet been reissued on CD) to be essential.