Various Artists

Arcadia Shuffle

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Two different bands have all of their output reissued on this CD. The first dozen selections are by the Arcadia Peacock Orchestra of St. Louis, a pretty decent hot jazz dance band from 1924-1925. None of the sidemen became famous (best known is trumpeter Bob Pope), but the band fares well and on two numbers offers fine support to singer Sophie Tucker. However, the real reason to acquire this disc is for the 14 selections by the Arcadian Serenaders (including two cuts made as the Original Crescent City Jazzers). Originally a New Orleans septet with cornetist Sterling Bose, the music moved to St. Louis, where the band was renamed the Arcadian Serenaders. The November 29, 1924, session has Wingy Manone making his recording debut on four songs, but the eight songs from October 26, 1925, have Bose in the cornet chair. This group performed some of the hottest New Orleans jazz on record during the period, including memorable versions of "Who Can Your Regular Be Blues," "Fidgety Feet," "Back Home in Illinois," "You Gotta Know How," and "Angry." Recommended to collectors of 1920s jazz.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:01
2 3:06
3 2:25
4 2:20
5 2:29
6 2:51
7 2:55
8
2:37
9
3:08
10 2:43
11 3:13
12 2:51
13 2:48
14 3:04
15 2:49
16
3:13
17 2:45
18 2:58
19 2:59
20
3:04
21 2:58
22 2:41
23 2:56
24
2:32
25 3:07
26 2:47
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