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  • Audio CD (18 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Retrieval
  • ASIN: B00003NH89
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Tracks: Cutie Blues / Chinaman Blues / Scissor Grinder Joe / Lonely Little Wallflower / So This Is Venice / Moanful Man / The Memphis Maybe Man / The One I Love (Belongs To Somebody Else) / Messin' Around / High Fever / Here Comes The Hot Tamale Man! / Love Found You For Me / Here Comes The Hot Tamale Man! / Brown Sugar / High Fever / Spanish Mama / Sidewalk Blues / Alligator Crawl / Willie The Weeper / Brainstorm / Slue Foot / Stockyards Strut / Salty Dog / Salty Dog.

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Freddie Keppard was the second-ever King of New Orleans jazz trumpeters, after the unrecorded Buddy Bolden and before King Oliver. He recorded little and, judging by these sides, played a sort of cross between ragtime and jazz. Although rumoured to be past his best by the time he recorded, he was still an amazingly powerful player and his sound almost bursts through the loudspeakers on the better-recorded tracks. This CD purports to collect together all of the DEFINITE Keppard sides. Personally, I feel sure that he's also on a couple of tracks by Jasper Taylor's State Street Boys, but others disagree. Keppard is heard to great advantage here on the sides by his own Jazz Cardinals and Cookie's Gingersnaps, where he is the only trumpet present. On the sides by Doc Cook's Dreamland Orchestra, he plays second trumpet, but still manages to burst through the ensembles to great effect - both "Here Comes The Hot Tamale Man" and "Spanish Mamma" are wonderfully hot sides. The only real let-downs are the six earliest tracks by the Cook Orchestra. They were recorded by Gennett, whose primitive equipment was unable to capture such a large orchestra, resulting in very muddy sound. Still, all the remaining tracks are fine and the remastering by the late John R.T. Davies is, of course, excellent.
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Worth getting for those early track and recording of "Hot Tamale Man". Big band sides not so interesting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Historic but...... 1 April 2001
By B. D. Tutt - Published on Amazon.com
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I largely agree with the previous reviewer, but a few additional points should be made.
First, Freddie Keppard was acknowledged by most New Orleans musicians as being on a par with King Oliver in the period between c. 1910 - 1920. Oliver's reputation with future generations was ensured by the 1923 Creole Jazz Band recordings, and even though he rapidly went into decline afterwards, his jazz immortality was never in question. Keppard on the other hand no longer led a band by the time that recording African American jazz bands became commonplace. Instead he was the lead trumpet in Cook's Dreamland Orchestra, a fine if somewhat bloated danceband. Keppard's contributions were limited, and the recordings have never enjoyed a good critical reputation.
Second, this CD, in excellent sound thanks to re-mastering by the unrivalled John R.T. Davies, enables us to hear more clearly than before that Keppard, although in decline by the time he recorded, was still on a good day an exciting musician. Tracks 9 - 12 feature Keppard leading a small group and reveal him to be an effective lead trumpet with the ability to play strong and imaginative breaks. The big band sides are perhaps less interesting, but track 13, "Hear Comes the Hot Tamale Man", features Keppard in electrifying form.
Keppard's recorded legacy in no way compares with that of Oliver, Morton, Dodds or the other New Orleans masters of Chicago in the 1920s. Given his great reputation though, he is worth hearing, and while these recordings vary in musical quality and in jazz interest, anyone who is concerned with the history of jazz should give them a hearing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Freddie Keppard,New Orleans legend and enigma 23 Aug. 2001
By JEAN-MARIE JUIF - Published on Amazon.com
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Freddie Keppard.A colossus born in New Orleans,probably between 1883 and 1890.A contemporary of Joe King Oliver (1885-1938).Freddie the giant,the most powerful trumpet players of all times,died in 1933;he drank as nobody could (he was called "whalemouth"),and couldn't survive the 1929 crisis.His music was too old.And maybe, he was too old too.He was very suspicious,and didn't want to be recorded,so that nobody could play like him.When he was performing,he always had an handkerchief on his right hand,so that nobody could see his playing.There are over 30 tunes currently issued under his name,and nobody's sure he plays on all of them.One thing is sure:he plays ,among others, in "here comes the hot tamale man", but this tune doesn't seem to reveal his true way of playing.If you want to have a glimpse of how great Keppard was, try his outstanding version of "moanful moan";of course,the recording quality is rather poor,but how great the trumpet playing!!!This record has to be bought only for this tune.If you want to have an idea of Freddie's power,listen to "spanish mama";the tune is not the greatest thing ever composed,but he plays with a terrifying authority during the last minute of the tune.I'm sad to say that,but it may be the only opportunity to realize how Freddie Keppard was great.Of course,there are great interventions in "scissor grinder Joe","the Memphis maybe man", or "messin' around'".But the greatness of Mr Keppard is,I think,only revealed in "moanful moan" and "spanish mama".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pricey but Solid 30 Dec. 2000
By Marc Dolan - Published on Amazon.com
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This is more of a CD for the 20s jazz aficionado than the casual listener. Keppard could have been the first artist to record jazz in the 1910s, but he said no when offered, and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band recorded first. According to everyone who knew him, by the time Keppard did record, his best years were behind him. However, you can still hear flashes of brilliance underneath the showy hokum. Among my favorites are the Gennett sides recorded with Cook's Dreamland Orchestra.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's some good stuff here... 31 July 2013
By "Gimpy" Peach Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm surprised at the generally lackluster reviews this CD has garnered. While the recordings here most certainly do not show Keppard at his best (but you probably already knew that), they are all we have of this legendary early jazz musician. If you take off your "jazz blinders," there really is some excellent "hot dance" material here. The Doc Cook(e) sides are -- I think -- sadly underrated. Cook led a fine orchestra at the Dreamland in Chicago, catering primarily to white audiences which may account for the handful of tunes straight from the Coon-Sanders book ("Brainstorm," "Sluefoot," "High Fever"). The Cook band really tears into them, and whether Keppard is present or not, they are terrific, spirited examples of Chicago hot dance in the mid-'20s, beautifully recorded by Columbia. I'd gladly buy the disc again for those sides alone. Others have already extolled the virtues of "Spanish Mamma" and "Hot Tamale Man." Even with their rather primitive sound, acoustic recordings "Stock Yards Strut" and "Salty Dog" deserve mention too as perhaps the best examples on record of Keppard's playing. Sure there are a few duds scattered among the playlist, but there's more than enough choice material to make up for it. Mark Berresford's liner notes are insightful, albeit relatively brief considering how much could be said of Keppard. The remastering by John R. T. Davies is terrific -- the sound is excellent. I'm quite happy with this disc and expect to pull it out whenever I need my Doc Cook fix.
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