Curtis Mosby

Curtis Mosby and Henry Starr

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Most of this CD is the complete output by Curtis Mosby & His Dixieland Blue Blowers, one of the top jazz bands active in Los Angeles in the 1920s. Although the soundtrack from its appearance in the 1929 movie Hallelujah is not here, this disc has the first-time release of two numbers from a scratchy 1924 test pressing. Otherwise, the eight selections and four alternate takes from 1927-1929 are full of spirit and strong musicianship, with highlights including "Weary Stomp," "Whoop 'Em Up Blues," "Blue Blower's Blues," "Hardee Stomp," and three versions of "Tiger Stomp." Mosby's pianist Henry Starr (who sings on "In My Dreams") is featured on the second half of the CD. He plays piano on four solo numbers from 1928-1929 (taking vocals on two songs) and is teamed with singer Ivan Harold Browning and a rhythm section in London in 1935, performing vocal duets on seven rather rare (but infectious) performances, including "Let's Go Ballyhoo," "Lulu's Back in Town," and "Truckin'." This CD is easily recommended to fans of 1920s jazz.

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