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Marty Grosz Meets the Fat Babies
Diga Diga Doo
Delmark DE 256
This CD extols the hot "Chicago Style" jazz of the 20s and 30s. Led by octogenarian, guitarist Marty Grosz, the band features a contingent from The Fat Babies who hold forth at the Green Mill on ChicagoŐs north side and special guest Jim Dapogny. In 1948 Marty Grosz hitchhiked from New York to Chicago in search of "Hot Music". He returned to New York in 1950, made his first records, and then, after a stint in the Army, returned to Chicago where he played for 21 years. A "too-good-to-be-true" offer lured him back to New York, to Carnegie Hall, The White House, and all over the globe. Marty dislikes amplifiers and has remained an acoustic player during which he has amassed a discography thatŐs seventy-seven pages long. 16 songs include Diga Diga Doo, A Jazz Holiday and Strut Miss Lizzie.
Sackville SK 3033
Known by friends as Humph, trumpeter Humphrey Lyttleton was an English jazz musician who formed his first band in 1936 at the age of 15. He was inspired by Louis Armstrong who subsequently referred to Lyttleton as "that cat in England who swings his ass off". In the 50s Lyttleton shifted from New Orleans style jazz to swing jazz and recorded with Buck Clayton. He remained active throughout his long life as a musician, record producer, broadcaster and cartoonist. This session was recorded in 1983 and features Humph on trumpet and clarinet with a Canadian band featuring Jim Galloway, soprano & baritone sax, clarinet; Ed Bickert, guitar; Neil Swanson, bass; Terry Clarke, drums.
J.B. Hutto & His Hawks w/ Sunnyland Slim
Delmark DE 617
"The raw-as-an-open-wound Chicago slide guitarist J.B. Hutto outdid himself throughout an outrageously raucous album anchored by an impossible-to-ignore 'Hip Shakin', the blaring title cut, and savage renditions of '20% Alcohol' and 'Notoriety Woman'." -Bill Dahl, allmusic.com. The rough & roudy blues heard at Turner's Lounge was the inspiration for this explosive 1968 recording. Blues legend Sunnyland Slim guests with The Hawks on piano and organ. This Digipak Deluxe Edition contains the previously unissued song "I'll Cry Tomorrow", alternate takes of "Hawk Squat", "Too Much Pride", "Same Mistake Twice", two alternates of "Speak My Mind" and a 16-page booklet with many never-before-seen photos from the recording sessions and Turner's.
Wild Bill Davison
The Jazz Giants
Born in Defiance, OH in 1906 Wild Bill Davison is one of jazz's most colorful cornet players of all time. Davison is best known for his association with Eddie Condon lasting from the mid-'40s into the 1960s. Recorded in 1968 this session was the result of a live engagement at Toronto's Colonial Tavern. The players were put together to play one gig billed as The Jazz Giants. The audience response was so tumultuous that return engagements were booked and arrangements were made for this recording. Wild Bill Davison, cornet; Benny Morton, trombone; Herb Hall, clarinet; Claude Hopkins, piano; Arvell Shaw, bass; Buzzy Drootin, drums. Contains a previously unissued piano feature on "Three Little Words" and an alternate take of "Black And Blue".