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Pioneer Recording Bands


  • Type CD
  • Label Retrieval
  • UPC 0608917904321
  • Catalog number RTR 79043
  • Release date 26 December 2012

About the album

Original Dixieland Jazz Band;Earl Fuller; Original New Orleans Jazz Band;Ross Gorman;Louisiana Five;Jimmy Durante; Whiteway Jazz Band What:The ODJB made the first jazz recordings and caused a sensation with this revolutionary new music.Inevitably,many wouldbe imitators flocked into the recording studio's attempting to emulate their success, with very mixed musical results. This CD provides a survey of those results which is of great historical interest.
Retrieval already has available RTR 79033, which contains the ODJB's rare London recordings and the very hard to find Okeh's. Now it brings you the rarest of all,the Aeolian-Vocalions and adds to them such important sides as the Jimmy Durante Jazz Band titles and many more,most of which have never before been on CD. This is a must-buy for all serious jazz collectors and it is fun to listen to too.

"...this music is epoch making... Thanks for making it available."
Vintage Jazz Mart


Challenge Records

March 20th 2014 09:16
Dear Dave, Thank you for your kind and enthusiastic words. We're glad you're like this album and the early jazz music from Retrieval this much. Still coming up more... Best wishes, Challenge Records


March 20th 2014 06:34
This is my favorite Retrieval. There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of collections out there that focus so generally on the earliest jazz records. Back when it was still called "jass." A brief period before people really knew what to think of it... how to process it. They were still fighting a war. This is the music that Bix's older brother brought home from the war. This is jazz music at it's most chaotic and fully emotionally realized. Without pretension. Just emotion. Bottled up and unleashed. The sound that literally pushed the country into the roaring 20s. Archeophone has some nice sets. One on Wilbur Sweetman and another on the early New Orleans bands, which is similar to this set -- and utterly essential (as is their King Oliver and Wolverine sets). But I really, really like how this set focuses squarely on 1917 - 1920. The pioneer jass bands. After that the music would get too dispersed and absorbed into a thousand different regions, territories, styles, hotels, smoothed over and polished, to still be called "new." This is Jass.

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