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Nat King Cole
Hittin’ The Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)

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Released in partnership with the Nat King Cole estate, Resonance Records’ HITTIN’ THE RAMP: THE EARLY YEARS (1936-1943) is the first large-scale collection of the pivotal early recordings (1936-1943) of Nat’s 29-year recording career. Most tracks are receiving their first official release in this meticulously restored set of original live-to-disk recordings.

This definitive 7CD and limited-edition 10LP collection draws upon a wide range of sources, including many newly-discovered tracks unearthed for the first time from archives located all over the world, such as “Trompin” (jukebox-only release for Cinematone, 1939), “What’cha Know Joe” (undocumented radio performance, 1940 — now the earliest known recording of Nat “on the air”), “The Romany Room is Jumpin’” (private recording, 1941) and “Beautiful Moons Ago” (longer alternate take, 1943). Sessions include Nat at age 17, playing piano in his brother’s band in Chicago, 1936; the first King Cole Trio recordings from 1938, made for radio broadcast only, for Standard Transcriptions; further radio transcription sessions for Standard, Davis & Schwegler, Keystone, plus his first (uncredited) session for MacGregor, with vocalist Anita Boyer; the Ammor Records Session (Spring 1940 – the first commercial-release sessions for the trio), the Decca Recordings (1940-41), the small-label sessions for Excelsior and Premier labels (1943), many previously-uncirculating Armed Forces Radio performances, and, with producer Norman Granz at the helm, early jazz sessions with Lester Young (Granz historic, first session as a producer) and Dexter Gordon, originally released on Philo and Mercury, respectively.  

Boasting an extensive 60+ page booklet with rare photographs; essays by acclaimed author Will Friedwald and guitarist Nick Rossi (with a special focus on Oscar Moore); interviews and testimonials from Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, John Pizzarelli, Freddy Cole, Michael Feinstein and many others.

Hittin’ the Ramp features new remastering from original source disks transferred for this set from a number of personal collections and from the archives at University of California – Santa Barbara, The Institute for Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, the the CU Boulder American Music Research Center, and the Library of Congress. 

Celebrate Nat King Cole’s centennial in 2019 with this definitive early years multi-disc box set. This is the origin story of a great artist just as he was just “hittin’ the ramp,” launching a distinctive style that would quickly become famous the world over.

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RESONANCE RECORDS RELEASES FIRST COMPREHENSIVE BOX OF EARLY NAT KING COLE RECORDINGS ON NOVEMBER 1, 2019

Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943) Compiles Nearly 200
Pre-Capitol Tracks by the Great Singer-Pianist

Deluxe Seven-CD/10-LP Package is First Collection
Produced in Partnership with the Cole Estate

Includes Extensive Booklet with Interviews and Statements by Johnny Mathis, Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett, Harry Belafonte, Freddy Cole and Others!

 

 

Resonance Records, the Los Angeles-based independent jazz label noted for its historical releases, will issue its most ambitious release to date, the seven-CD/10-LP Nat King Cole boxed set Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943) on November 1, 2019.

Succeeding critically acclaimed Resonance archival collections devoted to previously unheard recordings by Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery, Sarah Vaughan, and other eminent jazz performers, Hittin’ the Ramp offers the first in-depth survey of singer-pianist Cole’s work in the years preceding his long hit-making tenure at Capitol Records.

“This is a really important project for Resonance,” says Zev Feldman, label co-president and the set’s co-producer. “We’ve done some pretty substantial packages over the years, such as our three-disc Eric Dolphy and Jaco Pastorius sets with 100-page booklets, but this Nat King Cole box is truly a definitive, king-sized set, clocking in at a staggering 10 LPs and seven CDs worth of essential early Cole material with enhanced audio.” 

The expansive collection — which includes several previously unreleased studio sides, transcriptions, and private recordings — is the first major overview of Cole’s earliest work to be produced in conjunction with the musician’s estate.

“The Nat King Cole Estate is thrilled to be partnering with Resonance Records on this exciting collection of early recordings that showcase Nat’s extraordinary abilities as a jazz musician,” says Seth Berg of the Nat King Cole Estate. “The family is especially grateful for Resonance’s unwavering determination to preserve and present these pioneering recordings to the world.”

The set’s co-producer, writer and historian Will Friedwald – who received Grammy Award nominations for his work on Mosaic Records’ landmark 1992 box The Complete Capitol Recordings of the Nat King Cole Trio and the 1989 album Nat “King” Cole and the “King” Cole Trio – points out in his comprehensive notes to the collection that Cole’s deep and influential jazz roots were often obscured by his towering reputation as a pop singer.

“At the height of his fame in the 1950s and ‘60s,” he writes, “Nat King Cole (1919-1965) was primarily known as a popular singer — the biggest-selling artist of his generation, no less — who occasionally played piano. By that point, only a few older fans and critics remembered that he had been one of the greatest pianists in the whole history of American music, a true spiritual descendent of Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines and Art Tatum, and himself a huge inspiration for Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, Erroll Garner, and many others.”

Beyond Cole’s brilliance at the keyboard, the Resonance set takes in his dazzling work as a vocalist, and includes a new interview with the master pop singer Johnny Mathis, who discusses his debt to and friendship with his great predecessor.

“As a young boy, studying the art of vocalizing, Nat was everything I needed,” Mathis says. “All I did was listen and learn…And then I want [people] to remember that he also, also, also played the piano. Please, please, please remember that. Even as gigantic as a pianist as he was as a vocalist.”

Co-produced by Zev Feldman, Will Friedwald, Seth Berg, Matt Lutthans, and Jordan Taylor, and executive produced by Resonance co-president George Klabin, Hittin’ the Ramp homes in on Cole’s prodigious early career, beginning with the debut sides he recorded with his brother Eddie for Decca Records as a 17-year-old piano phenom in 1936.

The majority of the set’s nearly 200 tracks focus on the first work by the King Cole Trio, the seminal combo that put Cole on the map with a swinging combination of jazz, jive, and pop, with an emphasis on his simpatico creative partnership with the trio’s longtime guitarist Oscar Moore.

In his notes for the collection, guitarist Nick Rossi notes that Moore’s synthesis of such influences as George van Eps, Dick McDonough, Django Reinhardt, and Charlie Christian led to his “groundbreaking style, one which provided a template for how the guitar functions in a modern jazz setting.”

Hittin’ the Ramp compiles Cole’s recordings – among them the first versions of “Sweet Lorraine,” a staple of his ‘40s repertoire, and the R&B and pop hit “Straighten Up and Fly Right” – with his trio and in other studio settings (as sideman and accompanist) for Decca, Ammor, Excelsior, Premier, Mercury, and Philo (including a celebrated session for the latter label, founded by Norman Granz during the 1942 Musicians Union recording ban, with saxophonist Lester Young).

It also contains dozens of transcriptions, mainly by the trio, cut by Standard, Davis & Schwegler, and MacGregor for servicing to radio stations, as well as wartime recordings produced for American servicemen by the Armed Forces Radio Service.

The newly discovered selections include several performances that were not known to exist before research for the boxed set began. These include a privately recorded number, “The Romany Room is Jumping,” a homage to the titular Washington, D.C., club that hosted Cole’s group; the hitherto unheard Cinematone transcription “Trompin’”; and an unreleased 1940 trio rendering of Trummy Young’s “Whatcha’ Know Joe.”

“Although nothing on this package can be described as ‘common,’ these are some of the rarest Cole items known to exist,” Friedwald writes.

He adds, “Just in time for his centennial, we cover this quintessential American artist from his very first stirrings at the start of the swing era to the very precipice of universal fame during World War Two, with dozens of fascinating detours along the way. This, then, is the incredible but true origin story of a sound and a career that would change the world.”

 

CD BOX SET TRACK LIST

 

DISC 1

  1. Honey Hush 2:52, 1936, Decca master take
  2. Stompin’ at the Panama (Skoller’s Shuffle) 2:59, 1936, Decca master take
  3. Bedtime (Sleepy Moan) 2:54, 1936, Decca master take
  4. Thunder 1936, Decca master take
  5. Mutiny in the Nursery 2:52, 1938, Standard transcription
  6. F.D.R. Jones 3:10, 1938, Standard transcription
  7. The Sheik of Araby 2:17, 1938, Standard transcription
  8. The Blue Danube 2:50, 1938, Standard transcription
  9. Button, Button 2:52, 1938, Standard transcription
  10. Jingle Bells 1938, Standard transcription
  11. Swanee River 1938, Standard transcription
  12. With Plenty of Money and You 2:15, 1938, Standard transcription
  13. Don’t Blame Me 2:26, 1938, Standard transcription
  14. Lullaby in Rhythm 2:48, 1938, Standard transcription
  15. Dark Rapture 3:13, 1938, Standard transcription
  16. The Wiggly Walk 2:52, 1938, Standard transcription
  17. Flea Hop 2:43, 1938, Standard transcription
  18. Chopsticks 2:44, 1938, Standard transcription
  19. Patty Cake, Patty Cake 2:43, 1938, Standard transcription
  20. Blue Skies 2:09, 1938, Standard transcription
  21. Liza 2:58, 1938, Standard transcription
  22. Three Blind Mice 2:08, 1938, Standard transcription
  23. Caravan 2:17, 1938, Standard transcription
  24. There’s No Anesthetic for Love 3:15, 1939, Davis & Schwegler transcription
  25. Dixie Jamboree 3:04, 1939, Davis & Schwegler transcription
  26. Ta-De-Ah 2:39, 1939, Davis & Schwegler transcription
  27. Riffin’ at the Bar-B-Q 2:05, 1939, Davis & Schwegler transcription
  28. Harlem Swing 2:30, 1939, Davis & Schwegler transcription
  29. I Lost Control of Myself 3:16, 1939, Davis & Schwegler transcription

 

DISC 2

  1. The Land of Make Believe 2:52, 1939, Davis & Schwegler transcription
  2. That Please-Be-Mine-Able Feeling 2:15, 1939, Davis & Schwegler transcription
  3. Dancing in the Street 3:09, 1939, Davis & Schwegler transcription
  4. You’re So Different 3:02, 1939, Davis & Schwegler transcription
  5. I Wouldn’t Have Known It 2:33, 1939, Davis & Schwegler transcription
  6. Let’s Get Happy 2:18, 1939, Davis & Schwegler transcription
  7. Undecided 2:26, 1939, Standard transcription
  8. ’Taint What You Do 2:53, 1939, Standard transcription
  9. Do You Wanna Jump, Children? 2:46, 1939, Standard transcription
  10. Riffin’ in F Minor 2:06, 1939, Standard transcription
  11. Ol’ Man Mose Ain’t Dead 3:30, 1939, Standard transcription
  12. Blue Lou 3:01, 1939, Standard transcription
  13. Honey 2:11, 1939, Standard transcription
  14. Russian Lullaby 2:07, 1939, Standard transcription
  15. Georgie Porgie 2:23, 1939, Standard transcription
  16. The Limp 2:52, 1939, Standard transcription
  17. Snug as a Bug in a Rug 2:35, 1939, Standard transcription
  18. Liebestraum 3:23, 1939, Standard transcription
  19. Fidgety Joe 2:57, 1939, Standard transcription
  20. Two Against One 3:00, 1939, Standard transcription
  21. Some Like it Hot 3:09, 1939, Standard transcription
  22. Crazy Rhythm 2:00, 1939, Standard transcription
  23. Moonglow 2:57, 1939, Standard transcription
  24. Don’t Let That Moon Get Away 2:45, 1939, Standard transcription
  25. My Blue Heaven 1:36, 1939, Standard transcription
  26. I Was Doing Alright 2:17, 1939, Standard transcription
  27. I Can’t Get Started 2:41, 1939, Standard transcription
  28. Old Man Moon 2:16, 1939, Standard transcription
  29. Carry Me Back to Old Virginny 2:14, 1939, Standard transcription

 

DISC 3

  1. Moon Song 3:09; 1939, Standard transcription
  2. Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home 2:20, 1939, Standard transcription
  3. Rosetta 2:11; 1939, Standard transcription
  4. Trompin’ 2:46, 1939, Standard transcription
  5. You’re My Life 2:54, 1939, Standard transcription
  6. Hoy Soy 2:33, 1939, Standard transcription
  7. Take ’Em 2:24, 1939, Standard transcription
  8. Scategoria 2:32, 1939, Standard transcription
  9. Rhythm Serenade 2:35, 1939, Standard transcription
  10. Rib Town Shuffle 2:46, 1939, Standard transcription
  11. Music’ll Chase Your Blues Away 2:01, 1939, Standard transcription
  12. I’ll Gather Up My Memories 3:34, 1939, Standard transcription
  13. A Fool’s Affair 3:34, 1939, Standard transcription
  14. Jump, Jack, Jump 2:47, 1939, Standard transcription
  15. I Knew a Time 3:05, 1939, Standard transcription
  16. Mine You’ll Always Be 3:19, 1939, Standard transcription
  17. Doin’ the Bow Wow 2:44, 1939, Standard transcription
  18. Lilla Mae 2:18, 1939, Standard transcription
  19. I Like to Riff 2:49, 1940, Ammo, master take
  20. On the Sunny Side of the Street 2:55, 1940, Ammor master take
  21. Black Spider Stomp 2:40, 1940, Ammor master take
  22. By the River St. Marie 2:25, 1940, Ammor master take
  23. Slew Foot Joe 2:14, 1940, Standard transcription
  24. 1-2-3-4 2:09, 1940, Standard transcription
  25. Crazy ’Bout Rhythm 2:04, 1940, Standard transcription
  26. Off the Beam 2:18, 1940, Standard transcription
  27. King Cole Blues 2:07, 1940, Standard transcription
  28. Jivin’ with the Notes 2:01, 1940, Standard transcription
  29. Never Mind, Baby 1:45, 1940, Keystone transcription

 

DISC 4

  1. I’m a Perfect Fool Over You 2:38, 1940, Keystone transcription
  2. Lovely Little Person 2:23, 1940, Keystone transcription
  3. Love Me Sooner 2:32, 1940, Keystone transcription
  4. Sentimental Blue 2:44, 1940, Keystone transcription
  5. Goin’ to Town with Honey 2:21, 1940, Keystone transcription
  6. Syncopated Lullaby 1:51, 1940, Keystone transcription
  7. Falling in and Out of Love 1:50, 1940, Keystone transcription
  8. Let’s Do Things 2:01, 1940, Keystone transcription
  9. Jumpy Jitters 1:51, 1940, Keystone transcription
  10. Nothing Ever Happens 2:35, 1940, Keystone transcription
  11. What’cha Doin’ to My Heart 1:37, 1940, Keystone transcription
  12. Bedtime 2:45, 1940, Standard transcription
  13. Honey Hush 2:18, 1940, Standard transcription
  14. French Toast 2:15, 1940, Standard transcription
  15. Vine Street Jump 2:43, 1940, Standard transcription
  16. B Flat 2:32, 1940, Standard transcription
  17. You Send Me 2:11, 1940, Standard transcription
  18. Love Is My Alibi 3:13, 1940, Standard transcription
  19. Pogo Stick Bounce 2:19, 1940, Standard transcription
  20. Whatcha’ Know, Joe? 2:36, 1940, unreleased radio broadcast
  21. Sweet Lorraine 2:57, 1940, Decca master take
  22. Honeysuckle Rose 2:34, 1940, Decca master take
  23. Gone with the Draft 2:44, 1940, Decca master take
  24. This Side Up 2:49, 1940, Decca master take
  25. Jumpin’ with the Mop 2:26, 1941, Standard transcription
  26. Jam Man 2:05, 1941, Standard transcription
  27. Let’s Try Again 3:05, 1941, Standard transcription
  28. Fudge Wudge 3:51, 1941, Standard transcription
  29. Smokey Joe 1:58, 1941, Standard transcription
  30. Windy City Boogie Woogie 2:26, 1941, Standard transcription
  31. Ode to a Wild Clam 2:26, 1941, Standard transcription

 

DISC 5

  1. Let’s Try Again 3:10, 1941, MacGregor transcription
  2. Whatcha’ Know, Joe? 2:12, 1941, MacGregor transcription
  3. Lazy River 1:46, 1941, MacGregor transcription
  4. Georgia on My Mind 2:45, 1941, MacGregor transcription
  5. Rockin’ Chair 3:13, 1941, MacGregor transcription
  6. A Little Jive Is Good for You 3:41, 1941, MacGregor transcription
  7. You’ve Changed 3:05, 1941, MacGregor transcription
  8. Babs 2:27, 1941, Decca master take
  9. Scotchin’ with the Soda 2:35, 1941, Decca master take
  10. Slow Down 3:09, 1941, Decca master take
  11. Early Morning Blues 2:46, 1941, Decca master take
  12. The Romany Room Is Jumpin’ 2:30, 1941, unreleased private recording
  13. This Will Make You Laugh 3:14, 1941, Decca master take
  14. Stop! The Red Light’s On 2:39, 1941, Decca master take
  15. Hit the Ramp 3:21, 1941, Decca master take
  16. I Like to Riff 2:48, 1941, Decca master take
  17. Call the Police 3:05, 1941, Decca master take
  18. Are You Fer It? 3:08, 1941, Decca master take
  19. That Ain’t Right 3:14, 1941, Decca master take
  20. Hit That Jive, Jack 2:59, 1941, Decca master take
  21. Indiana 4:53, 1942, Philo, w/Lester Young
  22. I Can’t Get Started 4:55, 1942, Philo, w/Lester Young

 

DISC 6

  1. Tea for Two 4:47, 1942, Philo, w/Lester Young
  2. Body and Soul 5:13, 1942, Philo, w/Lester Young
  3. Vom, Vim, Veedle 3:02, 1942, Excelsior master take
  4. All for You 3:28, 1942, Excelsior master take
  5. Hip Hip Hooray 2:24, 1943, AFRS Jubilee #5
  6. I Know That You Know 2:10, 1943, AFRS Jubilee #5
  7. I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town 3:44, 1942 or 1943, Live from the 331 Club
  8. Pitchin’ Up a Boogie 3:14, 1943, Excelsior master take
  9. I’m Lost 3:19, 1943, Excelsior master take
  10. Beautiful Moons Ago 2:27, 1943, Excelsior master take
  11. Let’s Spring One 2:43, 1943, Excelsior master take
  12. Slender, Tender, and Tall 2:06, 1943, AFRS Jubilee #29
  13. I’ve Found a New Baby 4:44, 1943, Mercury, w/Dexter Gordon
  14. Rosetta 5:10, 1943, Mercury, w/Dexter Gordon
  15. Sweet Lorraine 4:56, 1943, Mercury, w/Dexter Gordon
  16. I Blowed and Gone 4:47, 1943, Mercury, w/Dexter Gordon
  17. Solid Potato Salad 2:07, 1943, AFRS Jubilee #36
  18. F.S.T. (Fine, Sweet & Tasty) 3:07, 1943, Premier master take
  19. Got a Penny 2:37, 1943, Premier master take
  20. Let’s Pretend 3:18, 1943, Premier master take
  21. My Lips Remember Your Kisses 3:11, 1943, Premier master take
  22. I’m an Errand Boy for Rhythm 1:51, 1943, AFRS Jubilee #51
  23. Straighten Up and Fly Right 2:45, 1943, AFRS Jubilee #51

 

DISC 7

  1. Honey Hush 2:47, 1936, Decca alternate take
  2. By the River St. Marie 2:12, 1938 Standard transcription
  3. I Like to Riff 2:33, 1939, Standard transcription
  4. Black Spider Stomp 2:54, 1939, Standard transcription
  5. Sweet Lorraine 3:23, 1939, Standard transcription
  6. Early Morning Blues 2:53, 1940, Standard transcription
  7. Gone with the Draft 2:22, 1940, Standard transcription
  8. Trompin’ 1:48, 1939, Recorded for Cinematone
  9. Sweet Lorraine 2:57, 1940, Decca alternate take
  10. Gone with the Draft 2:41, 1940, Decca alternate take
  11. Scotchin’ with the Soda 2:25, 1941, Standard transcription
  12. Gone with the Draft 2:28, 1941, Standard transcription
  13. The Romany Room Is Jumpin’ 2:33, 1941, unreleased private recording, alternate take
  14. Hit That Jive, Jack 2:16, 1942, AFRS Mail Call #16
  15. Beautiful Moons Ago 3:36, 1943, Excelsior alternate take
  16. Honeysuckle Rose 3:20, 1943, AFRS Jubilee #29
  17. I Know That You Know 2:53, 1943, AFRS Jubilee #36
  18. Solid Potato Salad 2:14, AFRS Command Performance #87
  19. My Lips Remember Your Kisses 3:07, 1943, Premier alternate take
  20. Straighten Up and Fly Right 2:52, 1943, AFRS Personal Album #227

LP BOX SET TRACK LIST

 

Side 1A (A)

  1. Honey Hush 2:52, 1936, Decca master take
  2. Stompin’ at the Panama (Skoller’s Shuffle) 2:59, 1936, Decca master take
  3. Bedtime (Sleepy Moan) 2:54, 1936, Decca master take
  4. Thunder 1936, Decca master take
  5. Mutiny in the Nursery 2:52, 1938, Standard transcription
  6. F.D.R. Jones 3:10, 1938, Standard transcription
  7. The Sheik of Araby 2:17, 1938, Standard transcription
  8. The Blue Danube 2:50, 1938, Standard transcription
  9. Button, Button 2:52, 1938, Standard transcription

 

Side 1B (B)

  1. Jingle Bells 1938, Standard transcription
  2. Swanee River 1938, Standard transcription
  3. With Plenty of Money and You 2:15, 1938, Standard transcription
  4. Don’t Blame Me 2:26, 1938, Standard transcription
  5. Lullaby in Rhythm 2:48, 1938, Standard transcription
  6. Dark Rapture 3:13, 1938, Standard transcription
  7. The Wiggly Walk 2:52, 1938, Standard transcription
  8. Flea Hop 2:43, 1938, Standard transcription
  9. Chopsticks 2:44, 1938, Standard transcription
  10. Patty Cake, Patty Cake 2:43, 1938, Standard transcription

 

Side 2A (C)

  1. Blue Skies 2:09, 1938, Standard transcription
  2. Liza 2:58, 1938, Standard transcription
  3. Three Blind Mice 2:08, 1938, Standard transcription
  4. Caravan 2:17, 1938, Standard transcription
  5. There’s No Anesthetic for Love 3:15, 1939, Davis & Schwegler transcription
  6. Dixie Jamboree 3:04, 1939, Davis & Schwegler transcription
  7. Ta-De-Ah 2:39, 1939, Davis & Schwegler transcription
  8. Riffin’ at the Bar-B-Q 2:05, 1939, Davis & Schwegler transcription
  9. Harlem Swing 2:30, 1939, Davis & Schwegler transcription
  10. I Lost Control of Myself 3:16, 1939, Davis & Schwegler transcription

 

Side 2B (D)

  1. The Land of Make Believe 2:52, 1939, Davis & Schwegler transcription
  2. That Please-Be-Mine-Able Feeling 2:15, 1939, Davis & Schwegler transcription
  3. Dancing in the Street 3:09, 1939, Davis & Schwegler transcription
  4. You’re So Different 3:02, 1939, Davis & Schwegler transcription
  5. I Wouldn’t Have Known It 2:33, 1939, Davis & Schwegler transcription
  6. Let’s Get Happy 2:18, 1939, Davis & Schwegler transcription
  7. Undecided 2:26, 1939, Standard transcription
  8. ’Taint What You Do 2:53, 1939, Standard transcription
  9. Do You Wanna Jump, Children? 2:46, 1939, Standard transcription
  10. Riffin’ in F Minor 2:06, 1939, Standard transcription

 

Side 3A (E)

  1. Ol’ Man Mose Ain’t Dead 3:30, 1939, Standard transcription
  2. Blue Lou 3:01, 1939, Standard transcription
  3. Honey 2:11, 1939, Standard transcription
  4. Russian Lullaby 2:07, 1939, Standard transcription
  5. Georgie Porgie 2:23, 1939, Standard transcription
  6. The Limp 2:52, 1939, Standard transcription
  7. Snug as a Bug in a Rug 2:35, 1939, Standard transcription
  8. Liebestraum 3:23, 1939, Standard transcription
  9. Fidgety Joe 2:57, 1939, Standard transcription

 

Side 3B (F)

  1. Two Against One 3:00, 1939, Standard transcription
  2. Some Like it Hot 3:09, 1939, Standard transcription
  3. Crazy Rhythm 2:00, 1939, Standard transcription
  4. Moonglow 2:57, 1939, Standard transcription
  5. Don’t Let That Moon Get Away 2:45, 1939, Standard transcription
  6. My Blue Heaven 1:36, 1939, Standard transcription
  7. I Was Doing Alright 2:17, 1939, Standard transcription
  8. I Can’t Get Started 2:41, 1939, Standard transcription
  9. Old Man Moon 2:16, 1939, Standard transcription
  10. Carry Me Back to Old Virginny 2:14, 1939, Standard transcription

 

Side 4A (G)

  1. Moon Song 3:09; 1939, Standard transcription
  2. Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home 2:20, 1939, Standard transcription
  3. Rosetta 2:11; 1939, Standard transcription
  4. Trompin’ 2:46, 1939, Standard transcription
  5. You’re My Life 2:54, 1939, Standard transcription
  6. Hoy Soy 2:33, 1939, Standard transcription
  7. Take ’Em 2:24, 1939, Standard transcription
  8. Scategoria 2:32, 1939, Standard transcription
  9. Rhythm Serenade 2:35, 1939, Standard transcription
  10. Rib Town Shuffle 2:46, 1939, Standard transcription

 

Side 4B (H)

  1. Music’ll Chase Your Blues Away 2:01, 1939, Standard transcription
  2. I’ll Gather Up My Memories 3:34, 1939, Standard transcription
  3. A Fool’s Affair 3:34, 1939, Standard transcription
  4. Jump, Jack, Jump 2:47, 1939, Standard transcription
  5. I Knew a Time 3:05, 1939, Standard transcription
  6. Mine You’ll Always Be 3:19, 1939, Standard transcription
  7. Doin’ the Bow Wow 2:44, 1939, Standard transcription
  8. Lilla Mae 2:18, 1939, Standard transcription

 

Side 5A (I)

  1. I Like to Riff 2:49, 1940, Ammo, master take
  2. On the Sunny Side of the Street 2:55, 1940, Ammor master take
  3. Black Spider Stomp 2:40, 1940, Ammor master take
  4. By the River St. Marie 2:25, 1940, Ammor master take
  5. Slew Foot Joe 2:14, 1940, Standard transcription
  6. 1-2-3-4 2:09, 1940, Standard transcription
  7. Crazy ’Bout Rhythm 2:04, 1940, Standard transcription
  8. Off the Beam 2:18, 1940, Standard transcription
  9. King Cole Blues 2:07, 1940, Standard transcription
  10. Jivin’ with the Notes 2:01, 1940, Standard transcription
  11. Never Mind, Baby 1:45, 1940, Keystone transcription

 

Side 5B (J)

  1. I’m a Perfect Fool Over You 2:38, 1940, Keystone transcription
  2. Lovely Little Person 2:23, 1940, Keystone transcription
  3. Love Me Sooner 2:32, 1940, Keystone transcription
  4. Sentimental Blue 2:44, 1940, Keystone transcription
  5. Goin’ to Town with Honey 2:21, 1940, Keystone transcription
  6. Syncopated Lullaby 1:51, 1940, Keystone transcription
  7. Falling in and Out of Love 1:50, 1940, Keystone transcription
  8. Let’s Do Things 2:01, 1940, Keystone transcription
  9. Jumpy Jitters 1:51, 1940, Keystone transcription
  10. Nothing Ever Happens 2:35, 1940, Keystone transcription
  11. What’cha Doin’ to My Heart 1:37, 1940, Keystone transcription

 

Side 6A (K)

  1. Bedtime 2:45, 1940, Standard transcription
  2. Honey Hush 2:18, 1940, Standard transcription
  3. French Toast 2:15, 1940, Standard transcription
  4. Vine Street Jump 2:43, 1940, Standard transcription
  5. B Flat 2:32, 1940, Standard transcription
  6. You Send Me 2:11, 1940, Standard transcription
  7. Love Is My Alibi 3:13, 1940, Standard transcription
  8. Pogo Stick Bounce 2:19, 1940, Standard transcription
  9. Whatcha’ Know, Joe? 2:36, 1940, unreleased radio broadcast
  10. Sweet Lorraine 2:57, 1940, Decca master take

 

Side 6B (L)

  1. Honeysuckle Rose 2:34, 1940, Decca master take
  2. Gone with the Draft 2:44, 1940, Decca master take
  3. This Side Up 2:49, 1940, Decca master take
  4. Jumpin’ with the Mop 2:26, 1941, Standard transcription
  5. Jam Man 2:05, 1941, Standard transcription
  6. Let’s Try Again 3:05, 1941, Standard transcription
  7. Fudge Wudge 3:51, 1941, Standard transcription
  8. Smokey Joe 1:58, 1941, Standard transcription
  9. Windy City Boogie Woogie 2:26, 1941, Standard transcription
  10. Ode to a Wild Clam 2:26, 1941, Standard transcription

 

Side 7A (M)

  1. Let’s Try Again 3:10, 1941, MacGregor transcription
  2. Whatcha’ Know, Joe? 2:12, 1941, MacGregor transcription
  3. Lazy River 1:46, 1941, MacGregor transcription
  4. Georgia on My Mind 2:45, 1941, MacGregor transcription
  5. Rockin’ Chair 3:13, 1941, MacGregor transcription
  6. A Little Jive Is Good for You 3:41, 1941, MacGregor transcription
  7. You’ve Changed 3:05, 1941, MacGregor transcription

 

Side 7B (N)

  1. Babs 2:27, 1941, Decca master take
  2. Scotchin’ with the Soda 2:35, 1941, Decca master take
  3. Slow Down 3:09, 1941, Decca master take
  4. Early Morning Blues 2:46, 1941, Decca master take
  5. The Romany Room Is Jumpin’ 2:30, 1941, unreleased private recording
  6. This Will Make You Laugh 3:14, 1941, Decca master take
  7. Stop! The Red Light’s On 2:39, 1941, Decca master take
  8. Hit the Ramp 3:21, 1941, Decca master take
  9. I Like to Riff 2:48, 1941, Decca master take

 

Side 8A (O)

  1. Call the Police 3:05, 1941, Decca master take
  2. Are You Fer It? 3:08, 1941, Decca master take
  3. That Ain’t Right 3:14, 1941, Decca master take
  4. Hit That Jive, Jack 2:59, 1941, Decca master take
  5. Indiana 4:53, 1942, Philo, w/Lester Young
  6. I Can’t Get Started 4:55, 1942, Philo, w/Lester Young

 

Side 8B (P)

  1. Tea for Two 4:47, 1942, Philo, w/Lester Young
  2. Body and Soul 5:13, 1942, Philo, w/Lester Young
  3. Vom, Vim, Veedle 3:02, 1942, Excelsior master take
  4. All for You 3:28, 1942, Excelsior master take
  5. Hip Hip Hooray 2:24, 1943, AFRS Jubilee #5
  6. I Know That You Know 2:10, 1943, AFRS Jubilee #5
  7. I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town 3:44, 1942 or 1943, Live from the 331 Club

 

Side 9A (Q)

  1. Pitchin’ Up a Boogie 3:14, 1943, Excelsior master take
  2. I’m Lost 3:19, 1943, Excelsior master take
  3. Beautiful Moons Ago 2:27, 1943, Excelsior master take
  4. Let’s Spring One 2:43, 1943, Excelsior master take
  5. Slender, Tender, and Tall 2:06, 1943, AFRS Jubilee #29
  6. I’ve Found a New Baby 4:44, 1943, Mercury, w/Dexter Gordon
  7. Rosetta 5:10, 1943, Mercury, w/Dexter Gordon

 

Side 9B (R)

  1. Sweet Lorraine 4:56, 1943, Mercury, w/Dexter Gordon
  2. I Blowed and Gone 4:47, 1943, Mercury, w/Dexter Gordon
  3. Solid Potato Salad 2:07, 1943, AFRS Jubilee #36
  4. F.S.T. (Fine, Sweet & Tasty) 3:07, 1943, Premier master take
  5. Got a Penny 2:37, 1943, Premier master take
  6. Let’s Pretend 3:18, 1943, Premier master take
  7. My Lips Remember Your Kisses 3:11, 1943, Premier master take
  8. I’m an Errand Boy for Rhythm 1:51, 1943, AFRS Jubilee #51
  9. Straighten Up and Fly Right 2:45, 1943, AFRS Jubilee #51

 

Side 10A (S)

  1. Honey Hush 2:47, 1936, Decca alternate take
  2. By the River St. Marie 2:12, 1938 Standard transcription
  3. I Like to Riff 2:33, 1939, Standard transcription
  4. Black Spider Stomp 2:54, 1939, Standard transcription
  5. Sweet Lorraine 3:23, 1939, Standard transcription
  6. Early Morning Blues 2:53, 1940, Standard transcription
  7. Gone with the Draft 2:22, 1940, Standard transcription
  8. Trompin’ 1:48, 1939, Recorded for Cinematone
  9. Sweet Lorraine 2:57, 1940, Decca alternate take
  10. Gone with the Draft 2:41, 1940, Decca alternate take

 

Side 10B (T)

  1. Scotchin’ with the Soda 2:25, 1941, Standard transcription
  2. Gone with the Draft 2:28, 1941, Standard transcription
  3. The Romany Room Is Jumpin’ 2:33, 1941, unreleased private recording, alternate take
  4. Hit That Jive, Jack 2:16, 1942, AFRS Mail Call #16
  5. Beautiful Moons Ago 3:36, 1943, Excelsior alternate take
  6. Honeysuckle Rose 3:20, 1943, AFRS Jubilee #29
  7. I Know That You Know 2:53, 1943, AFRS Jubilee #36
  8. Solid Potato Salad 2:14, AFRS Command Performance #87
  9. My Lips Remember Your Kisses 3:07, 1943, Premier alternate take
  10. Straighten Up and Fly Right 2:52, 1943, AFRS Personal Album #227

 

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