Various Artists

Collectors' Jackpot

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This collectors' Lp has 16 formerly rare performances that should delight fans of 1920s jazz. Two alternate takes from 1930 feature clarinetist Frankie Teschemacher (with cornetist Wingy Manone and tenorman Bud Freeman) at his final recording session, Duke Ellington is heard on an obscure version of "Old Man Blues," The Hotsy Totsy Gang (with Hoagy Carmichael) plays a couple of lengthy songs originally recorded for use on the radio, Warren Mills's Blues Serenaders perform "Gems from Blackbirds of 1928" and (with Duke Ellington's sidemen) "St. Louis Blues" and side two has recordings by Red Nichols, Tiny Parham, the Wabash Dance Orchestra and Fats Waller (on organ). Although a few of these performances have been reissued on CD, not all of them have, making this consistently enjoyable album a must (if it can be found) for those listeners who are into early jazz.