November 03, 1998
Jazz, New Orleans Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Hot Jazz, Early Jazz, Trumpet Jazz

Album Review

In 1996 the French EPM Musique label released the identical material on 1923-1928 under the title of New Orleans Giants, Vol. 1. Perhaps this 1998 release was aimed at those record collectors who actually don't listen to the sides they purchase, or at least not in enough detail to notice that this is the same exact 26 tracks as on the previous release. An assumption might have been made that this is the second volume of material in which the well-known trumpeter Freddie Keppard is a sideman in superb ensembles led by Erskine Tate and the underappreciated Doc Cook. Except there are no additional sides. These 26 tracks represent the entire output recorded by these groups, one of which had to break up after having all of its instruments stolen off the bandstand, the light-fingered Louies attacking during a set break, no less. True, the label does not print "Volume 2" on the cover, wherein lie the only changes from the previous set. Design has been modified, although the same picture of Keppard is utilized front and center. Several other things are printed on the cover, all of which might be interpreted as alternate album titles. Why the label got itchy fingers and created another version of what was essentially a great reissue release already is a mystery, but in the end an irrelevant one. Listeners interested in the music of New Orleans need to hear this great material, and either version of the release will do the trick.
Eugene Chadbourne, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Cutie Blues
  2. Chinaman Blues
  3. Static Strut
  4. Stomp off, Let's Go [Take 1]
  5. Stomp off, Let's Go [Take 2]
  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