Monette Moore

Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1924-1932)

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The second volume of Monette Moore's early recorded works picks up where the previous collection left off, in the middle of an Ajax recording session that took place in November 1924. On that occasion, the singer was accompanied by cornetist Bubber Miley, trombonist Jake Frazier, clarinetist Bob Fuller, and pianist Louis Hooper, a capable quartet who took turns splitting off into various instrumental combinations. On "Meat Man Papa," from a session that took place the following month, Fuller and Hooper backed Moore using their group's usual name, the Choo Choo Jazzers. Moore began the year 1925 by waxing a series of duets with vaudeville comedian Billy Higgins, now backed by cornetist Rex Stewart and Hooper, also billed as the Choo Choo Jazzers. Her final Ajax recordings were cut in February and March 1925. The earlier date found her working with a group identified as the Texas Trio. Elmer Snowden may be heard accompanying her with that unit on "All Alone," and according to the Brian Rust discography, he played tenor sax on the "Black Sheep Blues." If this is true, it is almost certainly the only example we have on record of the legendary banjoist operating a saxophone. "Take It Easy" and "Get It Fixed" were recorded for Columbia in October 1925 by Stewart and Hooper; Stewart was at Moore's Victor recording dates in November 1926 (with clarinetist Ernest Elliott and pianist Phil Worde) and December 1927, when flute and bass clarinet were added to the lineup, presumably to lend atmosphere to the "Moaning Sinner Blues." This intriguing collection of historic blues and jazz records closes with an ARC test pressing from September 1932 on which Moore sings a medley of "Shine on Your Shoes/Louisiana Hayride" accompanied by pianist Fats Waller. Which really puts the icing on the cake.

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