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The Chicago Hot Bands 1924-1928

The Chicago Hot Bands 1924-1928

10 Jul 2008
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This CD brings together nine bands that recorded in Chicago during the twenties, the common factor being that these are all hot sides. The two earliest are jazz standards, "Copenhagen" and "Riverboat Shuffle", played with conviction by the famous Benson Orchestra of Chicago, followed by two by the obscure Lloyd Turner & his Hotel Venice Orchestra (half their recorded output!) Al Katz also recorded very little, and "Ace in the Hole" is the only side issued by his Kittens. That's followed by the first two sides recorded for Columbia by Al Handler & his Alamo Café Orchestra. The Brown Sisters & Green sing on the first side by Sol S. Wagner & his Orchestra, and that's followed by "Zulu Wail" which unaccountably was not issued at the time.

Ray Miller recorded extensively from 1920 onwards, and the four sides included here date from his residency at the Hotel Gibson. That's followed by a most unusual aggregation, namely Thelma Terry & her Playboys, whose entire recorded output consisted of these six recordings, on which Thelma can be heard playing string bass. The next five sides are credited to the Louisiana Rhythm Kings, but were probably recorded by the Coon-Sanders Orchestra. The compilation concludes with the two sides recorded by Danny Altier, probably with a pick-up group, which included Muggsy Spanier.

These are splendid sides, which show just what these bands were capable of given the opportunity.
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wonderful sound--the whole digital transfer process is amazing. the Chicago bands were the greatest--only wish more bands could have been represented.
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Middle of the road rating for middle of the road CD 13 July 2007
By J. C Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I spent the first ten years of my life on the shores of Lake Michigan, swimming on days when folks in other parts of the country would wear a jacket. They have a different definition of "hot" up there. Apparently their thermal definitions extend to the musical world as well. For this is not hot music. Warmish maybe, the temperature of a cup of tea that is almost, but not quite, undrinkable. There are no standout tracks on this CD. No stinkers either. Just pleasant enough, standard issue Twenties stuff, that vanishes as soon as the track completes.

Here's a quote from the back of the CD "I regard each 78 rpm recording as a complete historical and sociological document through which the entire development of jazz cane be documented, traced and studied and I want to share this music with you all." Yeah, well I don't. (And you didn't share these with me, you sold them to me, at an above average price. I bought a 4 hour DVD for one dollar more.) Some are worthy, some are not. Just as LPs, 45s, and CDs have been issued by innumerable mediocre talents, so with the 78. These are not special merely because they were made in the Twenties and recorded on 78. I want my music to be music first. You study the sociology.

Want hot Twenties music? Despite their claim Chicago was the center of jazz, I'd say listen to the Kansas City sound of the same era. There's some hot tunes.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BLOWING HOT IN THE WINDY CITY 3 Nov. 2010
By Barry McCanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD brings together nine bands that recorded in Chicago during the twenties, the common factor being that these are all hot sides. The two earliest are jazz standards, "Copenhagen" and "Riverboat Shuffle", played with conviction by the famous Benson Orchestra of Chicago, followed by two by the obscure Lloyd Turner & his Hotel Venice Orchestra (half their recorded output!) Al Katz also recorded very little, and "Ace in the Hole" is the only side issued by his Kittens. That's followed by the first two sides recorded for Columbia by Al Handler & his Alamo Café Orchestra. The Brown Sisters & Green sing on the first side by Sol S. Wagner & his Orchestra, and that's followed by "Zulu Wail" which unaccountably was not issued at the time.

Ray Miller recorded extensively from 1920 onwards, and the four sides included here date from his residency at the Hotel Gibson. That's followed by a most unusual aggregation, namely Thelma Terry & her Playboys, whose entire recorded output consisted of these six recordings, on which Thelma can be heard playing string bass. The next five sides are credited to the Louisiana Rhythm Kings, but were probably recorded by the Coon-Sanders Orchestra. The compilation concludes with the two sides recorded by Danny Altier, probably with a pick-up group, which included Muggsy Spanier.

These are splendid sides, which show just what these bands were capable of given the opportunity.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 29 Nov. 2005
By "Gimpy" Peach Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The folks at Timeless Records sure know how to do CD reissues. I've been delighted with every one of their CDs I have bought, and this disc is no exception. "The Chicago Hot Bands 1924-1928" contains tracks from some excellent, but often-overlooked dance bands. Maybe you've heard about the Benson Orchestra of Chicago or Ray Miller, but how about Lloyd Turner and His Villa Venice Orchestra, Al Katz and His Kittens, or Al Handler and His Alamo Cafe Orchestra? These bands and several others are well represented in fun, exciting arrangements. The real highlight of the disc is the six recordings by Thelma Terry and Her Playboys, representing that band's entire recorded output. With a young Gene Krupa on drums and Ms. Terry slappin' the bass for all it's worth, any one of these recordings is worth the cost of the disc. Like Steve Brown's bass work with Goldkette or Whiteman? You simply have to hear Thelma Terry! Another of my favorites on this CD is Ray Miller's really swingin' arrangement of "My Honey's Lovin' Arms."

With the exception of the Benson Orchestra's recording of "Copenhagen," all of the tunes on this CD were recorded electrically, and thanks to the efforts of sound engineer John R. T. Davies, the sound is fantastic. The recordings are clear and full-sounding with minimal surface noise. The rather brief liner notes by Brian Rust shed a little light on the musicians and their recordings, but some of the notes are already out-of-date. Rust says that almost nothing is known of Thelma Terry, but a detailed article outlining her entire life is now available online at the Red Hot Jazz Archive. A healthy dose of photographs are included in the booklet.

My only complaint with the CD is that the layout and organization is rather poor. The back of the case provdes a track listing in small type, but the bands are not identified! Somehow, they found enough space to include composer credits, timing, recording date and even matrix number for each track on the back of the case, but still left out the bands!? The back of the booklet duplicates the information on the outside of the case. If you want to know what band is playing each tune, you have to pull out the booklet, open it, and find the discography section near the back. The discography lists the bands, personnel, recording location and date, matrix number, and then song titles. From the outside of the CD packaging, you would have no way of knowing that Thelma Terry has any recordings on this disc, let alone her entire output. Her name only appears on the inside of the booklet. Despite the poor layout, this is really an excellent disc, one that any fan of 1920s jazz and dance bands will enjoy. Highly recommended!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful ticket for time travellers. 4 Mar. 2007
By fluffy, the human being. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
ready for some audio time-travel? chicago 1924-28, sound good? well, here's your ticket. this is a fantastic collection of jazz recordings from that place and that era. the sound quality is excellent - bright and clean, and the performances are lively with a spirit of their times. i wasn't born until 1961, but this music makes me nostalgic for the 20's. fine stuff, indeed.
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