Various Artists – Gennett Jazz ( 4-CD Set )


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Release Date: 2009

Label: JSP Records


Track List

Disc: 1

  1. Eccentric – Friars Society Orchestra
  2. Farewell Blues
  3. Discontented Blues
  4. Bugle Call Blues
  5. Panama
  6. Tiger Rag
  7. Boo Hoo Hoo – Husk O’Hare’s Super Orchestra Of Chicago
  8. Tiger Rag
  9. Stop Your Kidding – Ladd’s Black Aces
  10. You’ve Got to See Your Mama Every Night
  11. Runnin’ Wild
  12. Nobody’s Sweetheart
  13. Unfortunate Blues
  14. Jazz Me Blues – Wolverine Orchestra
  15. Oh Baby
  16. Copenhagen
  17. Riverboat Shuffle
  18. Susie
  19. Sensation
  20. Lazy Daddy
  21. Big Boy
  22. Swingin’ Down the Lane – Lanin’s Famous Players
  23. Slue Foot – California Vagabonds
  24. Bringing Home the Bacon – Windy City Jazzers
  25. Hot Mittens – Bucktown Five
  26. Charley My Boy – Kentucky Blowers
  27. Steady Steppin’ Papa – The Happy Harmonists


Disc: 2

  1. Just Gone – King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band
  2. Canal Street Blues
  3. Mandy Lee Blues
  4. I’m Going Away to Wear You off My Mind
  5. Chimes Blues
  6. Weather Bird Rag
  7. Dipper Mouth Blues (Sugar Foot Stomp)
  8. Froggie Moore
  9. Snake Rag
  10. King Porter (A Stomp) – Jelly Roll Morton
  11. New Orleans (Blues) Joys
  12. Grandpa’s Spells (A Stomp)
  13. Kansas City Stomp
  14. Wolverine Blues (Joys)
  15. The Pearls (A Stomp)
  16. Terrible Blues – Red Onion Jazz Babies
  17. Santa Claus Blues
  18. It’s Breaking My Heart to Keep Away from You – Fess Williams And His Royal Flush Orchestra
  19. Ya Gotta Know How to Love
  20. Fourth Avenue Stomp – Frank Bunch & His Fuzzy Wuzzies
  21. Barbecue Blues (F Sharp Blues) – Watson’s Pullman Porters
  22. Monte Carlo Joys – Vicksburg Blowers
  23. Twin Blues
  24. Brown Jug Blues – Ezra Buzzington’s Rustic Revellers
  25. Bass Blues


Disc: 3

  1. Nobody Knows the Way I Feel ‘Dis Mornin’ – Josephine Beatty
  2. Early Every Morn
  3. Make That Gravel Fly – Hattie Snow
  4. Daddy What You Going to Do
  5. War Horse Mama – Josie Miles
  6. You Don’t Know My Mind Blues
  7. 31st Street Blues
  8. Pipe Dream Blues
  9. I’m Drifting from You Blues – Edna Johnson
  10. A Woman Gets Tired of One Man All the Time
  11. How Could I Be Blue? – Elvira Johnson
  12. Numbers on the Brain
  13. Blues Rode Me All Night Long – Bertha Ross
  14. Lost Man Blues
  15. You Used to Be Sugar Blues – Hattie Garland
  16. Strange Woman’s Dream
  17. Wild Geese Blues – Alberta Jones
  18. Red Beans and Rice
  19. East Coast Blues – Lizzie Washington
  20. Working Man Blues
  21. Fall or Summer Blues
  22. Sport Model Mamma Blues
  23. If You Want to Keep Your Daddy Home – Viola McCoy
  24. Laughin’ Cryin’ Blues
  25. Midnight Blues (A Wee Hour Chant)
  26. Triflin’ Blues (Daddy Don’t You Trifle on Me)


Disc: 4

  1. My Baby – State Street Ramblers
  2. Pleasure Mad
  3. Oriental Man
  4. Some Do and Some Don’t
  5. Tack It Down
  6. Endurance Stomp
  7. Yearning and Blue
  8. Someday You’ll Know
  9. Pass the Jug – Frank Melrose
  10. Jelly Roll Stomp
  11. You’ve Got What I Want – Irene Scruggs
  12. My Back to the Wall
  13. Make Me Know It – Jelly James & His Fewsicians
  14. Mandy – Zach White’s Chocolate Beau Brummels
  15. Hum All Your Troubles Away
  16. It’s Tight Like That
  17. Some of These Days – George H. Tremer
  18. Spirit of ’49 Rag
  19. Chicken Supper Strut – Triangle Harmony Boys
  20. Mississippi Shivers – Sidney Williams
  21. I Wonder Blues (I’ve Got the Wonder Blues) – Bailey’s Lucky Seven
  22. Pick Me Up and Lay Me Down in Dear Old Dixieland
  23. Who Loved You Best
  24. “E Flat” Blues (Sic) – Porter’s Blue Devils
  25. Original Charleston Strut
  26. Jazzin’ Babies Blues – Richard M. Jones
  27. Twelfth Street Rag


The Gennett record label lacked the commercial clout of, say, Victor or Columbia. However it became an important player in the early recording of jazz. Gennett was a division of the Starr Piano Company, situated in Richmond, Indiana. The manufacture of phonographs, then records to play on them, was seen as a lucrative sideline As with other record labels of the time, Gennett started with popular and classical recordings. By the early 1920s it was obvious that the upstart jazz would have to be added to the catalogue, and it then became a matter of finding talent. It seems that Fred Wiggins, manager of the Starr Piano showroom alerted Gennett to the potential of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, then Chicago residents. Their debut (as the Friars Society Orchestra) in the Gennett studios at Richmond was 29th August 1922 when they cut four sides, all of which appear here. Sales success was immediate. The N.O.R.K. were back in Richmond the following March and July. The July session included pianist Jelly Roll Morton on five tracks and may represent one of the earliest integrated jazz sessions. Having found the new music to sell even better than they expected, the Gennett management cast their net wider. As a result, their catalogue reads like a Who’s Who’ of early Jazzmen. Names like King Oliver, Miff Mole, Bix Beiderbecke, Johnny Dodds, Sidney Bechet and Louis Armstrong are a tribute to the relatively small label’s good taste and opportunism. Remastering adds to a true feast of early Jazz

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