Everybody's Happy with Classic Jazz
Tom Without Pity | A Major Midwestern Metropolis | 02/23/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is a compilation issued by Columbia and Collectable Records of
two early to mid-fifties LPs consisting of Ted Lewis recordings made primarily
from the late twenties to the earlier part of the thirties.
Each LP had only eight cuts on them, the first looks like it might have been a ten inch Columbia album featuring 'Aunt Hagar's Blues," "Dip Your Brush in the Sunshine" and two cuts featuring Fats Waller, "The Dallas Blues," and "Royal Garden Blues."
The second eight cuts of the twenty four on this CD are from a mid-fifties Epic Records LP entitled "Everybody's Happy" with titles such as "Frankie And Johnnie," "Shim Me Sha Wobble," Jelly Roll Morton's "Jungle blues" and the
venerable "The Darktown Strutter's Ball."
And the final third of this CD is eight recordings previously unissued on CD until this 2002 issue. Some of these titles are well worth hearing including:
"She's Fnuny That Way," "San," and "I've Found A New Baby." but the slower tempo final three cuts are jewels, "Sunny Side Of the Street,""Three O'Clock in the Morning" and "Just A Gigilo."
The word "Jazz" is part of the title of one of these long ago LPs and Ted Lewis wasn't much of a jazzman, more of a popular entertainer, but on this disc you will hear young Benny Goodman, Jimmmy Dorsey and especially Muggsy Spanier. And on two cuts, the wonderful Fats Waller, one of the true geniuses of 20th Century music. This CD is a well presented musical bargain, I recommend it. "Yessir.""