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Hot Flashes: Rare High Quality Short Lived Bands

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Vintage Musical Productions does it again! Hot Flashes: Rare High Quality Short Lived Bands features the now-underground jazz of the 1920s and '30s. The tunes collected here are mostly by acts that cut only a couple of sides and disappeared into the ether of musical history. The only exception is the KXYZ Novelty Band who cut six of the sides here. The compelling thing about them is that none of their tunes were the least bit "novelty." These are all hard-blowing early good-time trad jazz played by bands who understood the formulations of W.C. Handy, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and King Oliver, as well as the other sounds of Dixieland. Check out the wailing blues of the "Greasy Plate Stomp" by Trombone Red & His Blue Six, or the hard strut of "Deep Henderson" by Charlie Skeete, or even the killer "One 'O Clock Blues," by Joe Tibbs & His Connies Inn Orchestra. There is fine music galore here for any vintage jazz fan, and most of these cuts have never seen the light of day on CD before.

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