February 22, 1996
Jazz, New Orleans Jazz, Hot Jazz, Early Jazz, Trumpet Jazz, Jazz Instrument

Album Review

Famous trumpeter Freddie Keppard gets the nod as headliner for New Orleans Giants, Vol. 1, but the worthy, exciting listen would be more accurately described as a collection of tracks by several different New Orleans groups from the '20s. It provides a refreshing look at music from this period and is well worth an encounter. What the featured groups have in common, besides Keppard never saving
his chops in the trumpet line, is inspired, ambitious, and inventive bandleaders and a resulting series of tracks that represent a side of New Orleans jazz history that is unfortunately overlooked too often. Tracks such as the appetizing "Here Comes the Hot Tamale Man" are part of the selection from Cookie's Gingersnaps; the set also features all the recordings done by both Doc Cook & His 14 Doctors of Syncopation and Doc Cook's Dreamland Orchestra, all in all enough ammunition to have fired a volley under Cook's name. The trumpeter turns out to be hardly the only musical name of note in this fine bandleader's groups, so the listener can thrill not only to discovering great unknowns such as pianist Sterling Todd but can bask in the aura of some of the genre's most efficient soloists. The collection shines its brightest stars at the outset with tracks recorded by Erskine Tate's Vendome Orchestra, extravagent music played with great grace by a roster that even includes Louis Armstrong.
Eugene Chadbourne, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Cutie Blues
  2. Chinaman Blues
  3. Static Strut
  4. Stomp off, Let's Go
  5. Stomp off, Let's Go
  6. Scissor-Grinder Joe
  7. Lonely Little Wallflower
  8. So, This Is Venice
  9. Moanful Man
  10. The Memphis Maybe Man
  11. The One I Love (Belongs to Somebody Else)
  12. High Fever
  13. Here Comes the Hot Tamale Man
  14. Love Found You for Me
  15. Messin' Around
  16. Here Comes the Hot Tamale Man
  17. Brown Sugar
  18. High Fever
  19. Spanish Mama
  20. Sidewalk Blues
  21. Alligator Crawl
  22. Willie the Weeper
  23. Brainstorm
  24. Slue Foot
  25. Hum and Strum
  26. I Got Worry