Tuesday, August 27, 2019

VA - Squeeze Me-the Jazz & Swing Accordion Story [2006] (4 x CD's)




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VA - Squeeze Me-the Jazz & Swing Accordion Story [2006] (4 x CD's)


I know what you're thinking -- accordions, the amateur hour, and terminal geekiness. I thought the same thing, which is why I avoided buying this for a long time despite a policy of buying most of the Proper Box sets. So glad I did get it.

Disc one opens in the US in 1929-30 with pop and jazz cuts. The pop cuts are more or less what you'd expect, fairly interesting if you like 1920s pop. The jazz cuts are better--Bennie Moten and, of all people, Duke Ellington. How can you go wrong? Then things really get interesting. The rest of disc one and all of disc two move to Europe in the 1930s and during WWII. If you're familiar with Django Reinhardt, you know the territory--swing with violins and guitars, occasionally mixed with musette and gypsies. Most of the music is first rate, and there's some hellaciously good instrumental work along the way. Many of the groups are French, but there's groups from Holland, Switzerland, Belgium, Hungary, Norway, and Spain, too. Many of the recordings were made sub rosa during the Nazi occupation and are a fascinating piece of history.  Disc three finishes off the war years, then moves to some of the best music on the set--the Joe Mooney Quartet and the Quintet Johnny Meyer. Despite an aversion to late 40s/early 50s pre-rock pop, Joe Mooney won me over. He played stuff that went down easy with the record buying public, but it melded bop harmonies, perfect arranging, a sense of humor, and superb swing into a whole that's impossible to dislike. Johnny Meyer, from the Netherlands, is the best accordionist I've ever heard. He's tasty, technically awesome, and has fingers faster than I can think. The whole set is worth buying just for Mooney and Meyer. Disc three also includes a couple of nice live Benny Goodman cuts and some decent George Shearing . . . plus one oddball late hit from the Harry James Orchestra with accordion. Ddisc four, Tito Burns is a sextet that sounds bigger, more or less in line with the Charlie Ventura "bop for the people" project. Art van Damme is good cocktail jazz, but cocktail jazz nevertheless. The high spot of disc four is Mat Matthews, in company with such folks as Julius Watkins, Oscar Pettiford, Kenny Clarke, Herbie Mann, Art Farmer, and Gigi Gryce. Those names alone should tell you that what you'll hear is first rate. (Amazon)

If you're curious about what was going on in Europe in that era, or if you just want to hear some good stuff that you won't get anywhere else, this is for you.

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VA - Squeeze Me, the Jazz & Swing Accordion Story [2006] CD1

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VA - Squeeze Me, the Jazz & Swing Accordion Story [2006] CD4
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Tracklist

CD1


  01. Ray Miller And His Orchestra: Angry
  02. Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra: Terrific Stomp
  03. Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra: Let's Get It
  04. Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra: Moten Blues
  05. The Cellar Boys: Barrel House Stomp
  06. Cornell Smelser And His Orchestra: Collegiate Loves
  07. Cornell Smelser And His Orchestra: Accordion Joe
  08. The Jungle Band: Double Check Stomp
  09. The Jungle Band: Accordion Joe
  10. Guerino Et Son Orchestre Musette De La Boite A Matelots: Brise Napolitaine
  11. Michel Warlop Et Son Orchestre: Strange Harmony
  12. Michel Warlop Et Son Orchestre: Serenade
  13. Michel Warlop Et Son Orchestre: Ca Me Tracasse (Double Trouble)
  14. Emil Hot Five: Eves La Mas Guapa (Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen)
  15. Kamil Behounek Hot Harmonica: Choo Choo (Shoo-Shoo Baby)
  16. Kamil Behounek: Moanin'
  17. Kamil Behounek: Sugesce (Suggestion)
  18. Tito & His Swingtette: Stuff And Things
  19. Ramblers Orkesteri Klaus Salmen Johdolla: Unelmissain Oot Mun (You Can't Stop Me From Dreaming)
  20. Gus Viseur's Music: It Had To Be You
  21. Gus Viseur's Music: Swing Cocktail
  22. Gus Viseur's Music: Daphne
  23. L'accordeoniste Gus Viseur Et L'orchestre Victor: Whispering
  24. Gus Viseur Et Son Orchestre: I've Got Rhythm
  25. Gus Viseur Et Son Orchestre: Swing Valse

CD2

  01. Gus Viseur Et Son Orchestre: Tiger Rag
  02. Gus Viseur Et Son Orchestre: Swing 42
  03. Louis Richard Day's Accordeon Swing Quartet: Coquette
  04. George Shearing: Squeezin' The Blues
  05. Tony Murena Et Son Orchestre: Begin The Beguine
  06. Tony Murena Et Son Ensemble Swing: Christopher Columbus
  07. Tony Murena Et Son Ensemble Swing: Quartier Chinois (Chinatown)
  08. Tony Murena Et Son Ensemble Swing: Flots Bleus
  09. Tony Murena Et Son Ensemble: Cafe Au Lait
  10. Le Quartette Swing Emile Carrara: Dans L'ambiance (In The Mood)
  11. Le Quartette Swing Emile Carrara: Les Yeux Noirs
  12. Le Quartette Swing Emile Carrara: Alabamy Bound
  13. Le Quartette Swing Emile Carrara: Chansons Paienne
  14. Le Quartette Swing Emile Carrara: Jeepers, Creepers
  15. Le Quartette Swing Emile Carrara: Le Charmeur Des Serpents
  16. Willie Lewis Presents: Avalon
  17. Frans Wouters En Zyn Dansorkest: Polydor Rhythme
  18. Frans Wouters En Zyn Dansorkest: Dr. Heckyll And Mr. Jyde
  19. Roger Etlens Et Son Ensemble: Swing Guitare
  20. Jerry Thomas Swingtette: Wabash Blues
  21. Radics Gabor Jazz: Egvuttese - Buvos Hegedu (Magic Violin)
  22. Charles Verstraete: Boogie Woogie
  23. Charles Verstraete & Son Ensemble: Honeysuckle Rose
  24. Lill-Arnes Svang-Gang: Plinke Plonke
  25. Hubert Simplisse Et Son Ensemble: Simplicites

CD3

  01. Washington Bertolin's Swing Sextet: Swinging The Quick Rhythm
  02. Rolf Syversen Og Ans Solister: Rytmefeber (Rhythm Fever)
  03. Joe Mooney Quartet: September Song
  04. Joe Mooney Quartet: Just A Gigolo
  05. Joe Mooney Quartet: Tea For Two
  06. Joe Mooney Quartet: Warm Kiss And A Cold Heart
  07. Joe Mooney Quartet: Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
  08. Joe Mooney Quartet: From Monday On
  09. Joe Mooney Quartet: A Man With One Million Dollars
  10. Joe Mooney Quartet: Shakey Breaks The Ice
  11. Joe Mooney Quartet: You Go To My Head
  12. Joe Mooney Quartet: Prelude To A Kiss
  13. Benny Goodman Quintet: Fine And Dandy
  14. Benny Goodman Sextet: How High The Moon
  15. Quintet Johnny Meyer: Candy
  16. Quintet Johnny Meyer: Ain't She Sweet
  17. Quintet Johnny Meyer: I Got Rhythm
  18. Quintet Johnny Meyer: Blue Skies
  19. Quintet Johnny Meyer: Rosetta
  20. Quintet Johnny Meyer: Rebop Continental
  21. Quintet Johnny Meyer: Indian Love Call
  22. Quintet Johnny Meyer: Honeysuckle Rose
  23. George Shearing Quintet: Cherokee
  24. George Shearing Quintet: Four Bars Short
  25. George Shearing Quintet: Good To The Last Bop
  26. Harry James And His Orchestra: Ruby

CD4

  01. Tito Burns And His Sextet: Johnny Come Lately
  02. Tito Burns And His Sextet: East Of Suez
  03. Tito Burns And His Sextet: Somebody Loves Me
  04. Tito Burns And His Sextet: Everloving Blues
  05. Tito Burns And His Sextet: A Lesson In Bop
  06. Tito Burns And His Sextet: Festival Hall
  07. Art Van Damme: Carioca
  08. Art Van Damme: Lullaby Of Broadway
  09. Art Van Damme: Ol'man River
  10. Art Van Damme: Deep Night
  11. Art Van Damme: Let's Fall In Love
  12. Art Van Damme: Blue Lou
  13. Art Van Damme: Let Yourself Down
  14. Art Van Damme: It's Easy To Remember
  15. Art Van Damme: Madame Van Damme
  16. Mat Mathews: As Time Goes By
  17. Mat Mathews: I Only Have Eyes For You
  18. Mat Mathews: Later On
  19. Mat Mathews: The Puritan
  20. Mat Mathews: How Deep Is The Ocean ?
  21. Mat Mathews: What A Difference A Day Made
  22. Mat Mathews: Not So Sleepy
  23. Mat Mathews: Knights At The Castle
  24. Mat Mathews: Now See How You Are
  25. Mat Mathews: Summertime

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