Chick Webb

Bronzeville Stomp

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Of the several Lp's released in the 1970's that featured the Chick Webb Orchestra in live performances, this is the most rewarding release. "Liza" matches together trumpeter Roy Eldridge and drummer Webb on a radio show in 1938 and there is a very rare live version of "Stompin' At The Savoy" featuring Chick Webb's Little Chicks (a unique quintet with flutist Wayman Carver and clarinetist Chauncey Haughton that otherwise only recorded four songs). Otherwise the music showcases Webb's big band with three numbers from a 1937 live broadcast and a dozen well-recorded radio transcriptions from Feb. 1936; the latter are also available as a Circle release. With such soloists as trumpeters Taft Jordan and Bobby Stark, trombonist Sandy Williams and tenorman Teddy McRae (not to mention five vocals by a young Ella Fitzgerald), Chick Webb certainly had a mighty outfit.