Various Artists

The Obscure & Neglected Chicagoans

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This CD from the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors (IAJRC) is one of their most exciting, particularly for collectors of 1920s jazz. Even fanatics of the era will probably not have the great majority of the 25 selections included on this very valuable disc. Released for the first time anywhere are two numbers from a demonstration record by Dud Mecum's Wolverines in 1925 that feature the remains of the group that launched the career of Bix Beiderbecke; it is miraculous that these well-recorded performances (starring the tenor of George Johnson) still exist. Also included on this set are six numbers from The Original Wolverines in 1927-28 with cornetist Jimmy McPartland, eleven selections by Ray Miller's hot dance orchestra from 1928-29 (some of which have cornet solos from Muggsy Spanier) and six songs from the totally forgotten but enjoyable band Thelma Terry and Her Boyfriends, a group that also includes a young Gene Krupa. Highly recommended to serious collectors of vintage jazz.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:49
2 2:48
3 2:59
4 2:51
5 3:04
6
2:58
7 2:44
8 2:58
9
3:01
10 3:27
11 3:01
12 2:55
13 2:41
14 3:15
15 2:42
16
2:46
17 2:36
18 3:01
19
2:47
20 3:09
21 2:23
22 2:36
23
2:27
24
3:07
25 3:00
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