Jack Purvis

1928-1935

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Jack Purvis was a strange figure in jazz history. A talented trumpeter who could also play effective trombone starting in the late '20s, Purvis was also a petty thief, a smuggler, a cook, an airplane pilot, and a charming con man. He was in one legendary escapade after another, which finally resulted in a jail sentence, and he never seemed to regret any of his adventures or make any attempt at reform. His remarkable and somewhat unbelievable tale is outlined in detail in Michael Brooks' lengthy and definitive liner notes to this superb three-CD set. Purvis made all of his recordings during 1928-1931 (except for a lone session by pianist Frank Froeba in 1935), leading eight selections of his own and otherwise mostly adding some hot jazz trumpet to dance band dates. Along the way he backed vocalists, played with some jazz orchestras (including Hal Kemp during his hottest period) and popped up on sets by the Boswell Sisters, Rube Bloom, and the California Ramblers. Although it never says on this set whether the 74 selections include one of Purvis' recorded trumpet solos, certainly every significant recording in his brief career is here. Collectors of 1920s jazz and early Depression-era dance music, and those curious as to the Jack Purvis story, should go out of their way to pick up this perfectly realized reissue from the Canadian Jazz Oracle label.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:13
2 3:07
3
3:07
4
3:02
5 3:10
6
feat: Smith Ballew
2:55
7
feat: Smith Ballew
3:01
8
feat: Smith Ballew
2:58
9
feat: Smith Ballew
2:45
10
3:05
11
3:06
12 2:52
13 2:50
14 3:18
15 2:49
16
feat: Smith Ballew
3:13
17
3:20
18 3:18
19
3:21
20
feat: Smith Ballew
3:15
21
feat: Smith Ballew
3:25
22
3:30
23 3:07
24 3:05
25 3:30

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:20
2 2:57
3 3:12
4 3:19
5 3:11
6
3:32
7
3:14
8
3:16
9 3:10
10 3:14
11 2:52
12 3:11
13 3:04
14
3:12
15
3:06
16 3:30
17
3:11
18
3:11
19
feat: Seger Ellis
3:18
20
2:57
21 3:01
22
2:58
23
3:15
24 3:04
25 2:47

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:01
2 3:07
3
feat: Seger Ellis
3:13
4
feat: Seger Ellis
3:01
5
feat: Lee Morse
3:09
6
feat: Lee Morse
3:09
7 3:42
8 3:02
9
2:57
10
3:20
11
2:54
12 3:01
13 2:54
14 2:57
15 3:34
16 3:23
17 3:15
18 3:07
19 3:26
20 3:26
21
feat: Art Jarrett
2:37
22
feat: Frank Froeba
2:50
23
feat: Frank Froeba
3:11
24
feat: Frank Froeba
2:57
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