Fred Hall's Sugar Babies

Fred Hall & His Sugar Babies

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Pianist Fred Hall led an extensive series of hot dance/jazz recordings during 1925-30, often using singer Arthur Fields. This 1997 CD from the collector's label TOM (The Old Masters) has a strong cross-section of Hall's performances, usually featuring either Jack Mollick or Mike Mosiello on trumpet (Leo McConville guests on two of the best titles), Eddie Grosso on clarinet and alto, and the very versatile (and talented) if forgotten Phillip d'Arcy on harmonica, violin and sometimes second piano. Other than a few barely tolerable novelties, the music on this CD emphasizes heated jazz, with the highlights including "West End Blues," "Missouri Squabble," "'Tain't No Sin," "I'm Wild About Horns On Automobiles," "Come On, Baby" and "Waitin' for Katy." Although the 24 selections are not programmed in chronological order, this is a fairly definitive sampling of the joyful music of Fred Hall's Sugar Babies.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Fred Hall
02:50 Amazon
2
feat: Fred Hall
03:03 Amazon
3
feat: Fred Hall
03:04 Amazon
4
feat: Fred Hall
02:33 Amazon
5
feat: Fred Hall
03:23 Amazon
6
feat: Fred Hall
02:54 Amazon
7
feat: Fred Hall
03:07 Amazon
8
feat: Fred Hall
03:00 Amazon
9
feat: Fred Hall
02:46 Amazon
10
feat: Fred Hall
03:14 Amazon
11
feat: Fred Hall
03:26 Amazon
12
feat: Fred Hall
03:25 Amazon
13
feat: Fred Hall
03:06 Amazon
14
feat: Fred Hall
03:11 Amazon
15
feat: Fred Hall
02:52 Amazon
16
feat: Fred Hall
02:56 Amazon
17
feat: Fred Hall
03:01 Amazon
18
feat: Fred Hall
03:06 Amazon
19
feat: Fred Hall
02:58 Amazon
20
feat: Fred Hall
02:53 Amazon
21
feat: Fred Hall
02:55 Amazon
22
feat: Fred Hall
02:55 Amazon
23
feat: Fred Hall
02:57 Amazon
24
feat: Fred Hall
03:07 Amazon
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