Sunday, March 19, 2023

Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang - Classic Columbia & Okeh Sessions [2002] (8 x CDs)

 

JAZZ SUNDAY

JOE VENUTI & EDDIE LANG

Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang - Classic Columbia & Okeh Sessions [2002] (8 x CDs)

A remarkable listening experience, this glorious eight-CD limited-edition set brings together virtually all of the jazz-oriented recordings made by violinist Joe Venuti and guitarist Eddie Lang for the Okeh and Columbia labels from 1926 through 1933. (The non-jazz tracks are not included, and several alternate takes were not discovered in time to include in the set.) The sound quality is astonishingly clear thanks to modern engineering techniques and, as with all Mosaic releases, the oversized booklet contains great photos, detailed discographies, insightful background essays, and track-by-track analyses. As for the music: It should raise some eyebrows. Both Venuti and Lang were innovators and, just as importantly, major soloists who consistently created new and exciting ways of communicating. Whether playing alone, in duo, or with big bands, these two underrated players produced a body of work that stands as a critical bastion of early modern jazz. Among those who participate are trumpeters Louis Armstrong and Red Nichols, trombonist Jack Teagarden, and vocalists Bing Crosby and Bessie Smith. The last disc contains some wonderful novelty arrangements in which Venuti's goofy side comes to the fore. Lovingly and meticulously produced, the release of this wondrous boxed set is an important event. Due to their historical significance and -- even more so -- their pure musicality, these seminal recordings belong in every jazz collection as a prime example of 1920s and '30s jazz at its finest. (AMG review by Steve Loewy)

This is the kind of set you leave to someone in your will! The usual Mosaic perfection. Read the track list and musician credits and either weep or take out a bank loan.

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Track lists

CD1

01 Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang - Black And Blue Stomp 2:48

02 Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang - Stringing The Blues 2:40

03 Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang - Stringing The Blues 2:52

04 Jack Petis & His Band - He's The Last Word 2:53

05 Jack Petis & His Band - St. Louis Shuffle 2:47

06 Jack Petis & His Band - St. Louis Shuffle 2:48

07 Jack Petis & His Band - Stockholm Stomp 2:56

08 Jack Petis & His Band - It All Depends On You 2:56

09 Jack Petis & His Band - Muddy Water 3:00

10 Jack Petis & His Band - I Gotta Get Myself Somebody To 3:01

11 Joe Venuti And Eddie Lang - Wild Cat 2:58

12 Joe Venuti And Eddie Lang - Sunshine (with Warm-up) 3:08

13 Frankie Trumbauer And His Orch - Singin' The Blues 3:01

14 Jack Petis & His Band - I'm Back In Love Again 2:53

15 Jack Petis & His Band - That's My Hap-hap-hapiness 2:48

16 Jack Petis & His Band - Ain't She Sweet 2:46

17 Jack Petis & His Band - Ain't She Sweet 2:44

18 Eddie Lang - Eddie's Twister 2:56

19 Eddie Lang - April Kisses 3:16

20 Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang - Doin' Things 2:56

21 Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang - Goin' Places 3:00

22 Frankie Trumbauer And His Orch - I'm Coming, Virginia 3:16

23 Tram-bix And Eddie (in Their T - For No Reason At All In C 3:08

24 Eddie Lang - Prelude (op. 3, No. 2) 3:10

25 Eddie Lang - A Little Love, A Little Kiss 3:07

26 Irwin Abrams And His Orchestra - Magnolia 2:54


CD2

01 Red Mckenzie & His Music Box - There'll Be Some Changes Made 2:44

02 Red Mckenzie & His Music Box - My Syncopated Melody Man 3:24

03 Four Instrumental Stars - I'm Somebody's Somebody Now 3:08

04 Four Instrumental Stars - I Like What You Like 2:58

05 Annette Hanshaw - Ain't That A Grand And Gloriou 3:02

06 Annette Hanshaw - Who-oo? You-oo, That's Who! 3:07

07 Annette Hanshaw - Under The Moon 3:25

08 Joe Venuti's Blue Four - Kickin' The Cat 3:11

09 Joe Venuti's Blue Four - Beatin' The Dog 2:41

10 Annette Hanshaw And Her Sizzli - It Was Only A Sunshower 3:12

11 Annette Hanshaw And Her Sizzli - Who's That Knocking At My Door 2:51

12 Joe Venuti's Blue Four - Cheese And Crackers 2:57

13 Joe Venuti's Blue Four - A Mug Of Ale 3:03

14 Tram Bix And Lang - Wringin' An' Twistin' (with Wa 3:05

15 Ed Lang - Melody Man's Dream 2:54

16 Ed Lang - Perfect 3:07

17 Joe Venuti's Blue Four - Penn Beach Blues 2:49

18 Joe Venuti's Blue Four - Four String Joe 2:59

19 Joe Venuti's Blue Four - Dinah 2:55

20 Joe Venuti's Blue Four - The Wild Dog 2:48

21 Eddie Lang - Rainbow Dreams 3:00

22 Eddie Lang - Add A Little Wiggle 2:57

23 Joe Venuti And His New Yorkers - I Must Be Dreaming 3:20

24 Joe Venuti And His New Yorkers - 'tain't So, Honey, 'tain't So 3:20


CD3

01 Red Mckenzie And His Music Box - My Baby Came Home 2:49

02 Red Mckenzie And His Music Box - From Monday On 3:03

03 Joe Venuti And His New Yorkers - Because My Baby Don't Mean 'ma 3:05

04 Joe Venuti's Blue Four - The Man From The South 3:00

05 Joe Venuti's Blue Four - Pretty Trix 3:24

06 Joe Venuti And His New Yorkers - I'm On The Crest Of A Wave 3:12

07 Gladys Bentley - How Long, How Long Blues 2:50

08 Gladys Bentley - Moanful Wailin' Blues 3:04

09 Victoria Spivey With Clarence - My Handy Man 3:08

10 Victoria Spivey With Clarence - Organ Grinder Blues (alt Tk) 3:28

11 Victoria Spivey With Clarence - Organ Grinder Blues 3:16

12 Irene Gibbons And Clarence Wil - I'm Busy And You Can't Come In 2:50

13 Irene Gibbons And Clarence Wil - Jeannine I Dream Of Lilac Time 3:26

14 Cliff Edwards And His Hot Comb - Good Little Bad Little You 2:42

15 Eddie Lang - Jeannine I Dream Of Lilac Time 3:02

16 Joe Venuti's Blue Four - The Blue Room 3:19

17 Joe Venuti's Blue Four - Sensation 2:55

18 Eddie Lang - I'll Never Be The Same 3:13

19 Joe Venuti And His New Yorkers - Doin' Things 3:20

20 Joe Venuti And His New Yorkers - I Must Have That Man 3:16

21 Sonny Porter - How Long, How Long Blues 2:58

22 Sonny Porter - Deck Hand Blues 2:50

23 Blind Willie Dunn - Church Street Sobbin' Blues 3:09

24 Blind Willie Dunn - There'll Be Some Changes Made 3:09


CD4

01 A Trumpet Specialty By Tommy D - It's Right Here For You 3:13

02 A Trumpet Specialty By Tommy D - Tiger Rag 2:52

03 Gladys Bentley - Wild Geese Blues 3:04

04 Gladys Bentley - How Much Can I Stand? 3:07

05 Texas Alexander - Work Ox Blues 3:20

06 Texas Alexander - The Risin' Sun 3:28

07 Lonnie Johnson And Blind Willi - Two Tone Stomp 3:07

08 Lonnie Johnson And Blind Willi - Have Got To Change Keys To Pla 3:07

09 Texas Alexander - Tell Me Woman Blues 2:58

10 Texas Alexander - 'frisco Bound Blues 2:58

11 Texas Alexander - St. Louis Fair Blues 3:00

12 Texas Alexander - I Am Calling Blues 3:04

13 Clarence Williams And His Nove - In The Bottle Blues 2:55

14 Clarence Williams And His Nove - What Ya Want Me To Do 2:55

15 Joe Venuti's Blue Four - My Honey's Lovin' Arms 3:08

16 Joe Venuti's Blue Four - Goin' Home 3:19

17 Louis Armstrong And His Orches - Knockin' A Jug 3:17

18 Blind Willie Dunn's Gin Bottle - Jet Black Blues 3:05

19 Blind Willie Dunn's Gin Bottle - Blue Blood Blues 3:03

20 Blind Willie Dunn's Gin Bottle - Guitar Blues 3:13

21 Lonnie Johnson And Blind Willi - A Handful Of Riffs 3:06

22 Blind Willie Dunn's Gin Bottle - Blue Guitars 3:09


CD5

01 Bessie Smith - I'm Wild About That Thing 2:53

02 Bessie Smith - You've Gotta Give Me Some 2:49

03 Bessie Smith - Kitchen Man 3:04

04 Lonnie Johnson And Blind Willi - Bull Frog Moan 3:12

05 Ed Lang And His Orchestra - Bugle Call Rag 2:58

06 Ed Lang And His Orchestra - Freeze An' Melt 2:55

07 Ed Lang And His Orchestra - Hot Heels 3:04

08 Ed Lang And His Orchestra - Walkin' The Dog 3:06

09 Ed Lang And His Orchestra - March Of The Hoodlums 3:22

10 Lonnie Johnson And Blind Willi - Deep Minor Rhythm 3:06

11 Lonnie Johnson And Blind Willi - Midnight Call (blues) 3:22

12 Lonnie Johnson And Blind Willi - Hot Fingers 3:04

13 Lonnie Johnson And Blind Willi - Blue Room (blues) 3:10

14 Joe Venuti & His New Yorkers - Chant Of The Jungle 3:15

15 Joe Venuti & His New Yorkers - That Wonderful Something (is L 3:03

16 Paul Whiteman And His Orchestr - If I Had A Talking Picture Of 2:56

17 Paul Whiteman And His Orchestr - After You've Gone 3:06

18 Joe Venuti's Blue Four - Runnin' Ragged 3:03

19 Joe Venuti's Blue Four - Apple Blossoms 3:24

20 Paul Whiteman And His Orchestr - Happy Feet 3:01

21 Paul Whiteman And His Orchestr - A Bench In The Park 2:57

22 Paul Whiteman And His Orchestr - I Like To Do Things For You 2:52

23 Joe Venuti's Blue Four - Raggin' The Scale 3:18

24 Joe Venuti's Blue Four - Put And Take 3:20

25 Joe Venuti's Blue Four - Put And Take 3:21


CD6

01 Joe Venuti & His New Yorkers - Promises 3:26

02 Joe Venuti & His New Yorkers - Promises 3:23

03 Joe Venuti & His New Yorkers - Dancing With Tears In My Eyes 3:10

04 Joe Venuti & His New Yorkers - Dancing With Tears In My Eyes 3:10

05 Joe Venuti And His New Yorkers - I Am Only Human After All 3:13

06 Joe Venuti And His New Yorkers - Out Of Breath (and Scared To D 3:36

07 Smith Ballew And His Orchestra - You're Simply Delish 3:25

08 Fred Rich And His Orchestra - I'll Be Blue Just Thinking Of 3:13

09 Fred Rich And His Orchestra - I Got Rhythm 3:16

10 Fred Rich And His Orchestra - My Love For You 3:25

11 Fred Rich And His Orchestra - A Peach Of A Pear 3:08

12 Joe Venuti's Blue Four - I've Found A New Baby 3:12

13 Joe Venuti's Blue Four - Sweet Sue - Just You 2:51

14 Fred Rich And His Orchestra - Cheerful Little Earful 3:03

15 Fred Rich And His Orchestra - The Little Things In Life 3:13

16 Fred Rich And His Orchestra - I'm Tickled Pink With A Blue-e 2:59

17 Joe Venuti's Blue Four - Pardon Me, Pretty Baby 3:09

18 Joe Venuti's Rhythm Boys - Little Girl 3:03

19 Joe Venuti's Blue Four - Little Buttercup 3:14

20 Joe Venuti's Rhythm Boys - Tempo De Modernage 3:06

21 Joe Venuti's Rhythm Boys - There's No Other Girl 3:14

22 Joe Venuti's Rhythm Boys - Now That I Need You, You're Go 3:10

23 Joe Venuti's Rhythm Boys - The Wolf Wobble 3:03

24 Joe Venuti's Rhythm Boys - To To Blues 3:15


CD7

01 Red Nichols And His Five Penni - Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula 2:58

02 Red Nichols And His Five Penni - Haunting Blues 3:06

03 Red Nichols And His Five Penni - Haunting Blues (alt) 3:09

04 Eddie Lang & Carl Kress - Pickin' My Way (guitar Mania P 3:01

05 Eddie Lang & Carl Kress - Feeling My Way (guitar Mania P 2:58

06 Eddie Lang - Feeling My Way (guitar Mania P 2:53

07 Paul Small - Fit As A Fiddle 3:21

08 Paul Small - Baby 3:15

09 The Ponce Sisters - Fit As A Fiddle 2:57

10 The Ponce Sisters - Contented 2:51

11 The Ponce Sisters - So At Last It's Come To This 3:07

12 The Ponce Sisters - A Million Dreams 3:07

13 The Ponce Sisters - A Million Dreams (alt) 3:11

14 Joe Venuti-eddie Lang Blue Fiv - Raggin' The Scale 3:03

15 Joe Venuti-eddie Lang Blue Fiv - Hey! Young Fella 3:09

16 Joe Venuti And His Blue Five - Jig Saw Puzzle Blues 3:26

17 Joe Venuti-eddie Lang Blue Fiv - Pink Elephants 3:14

18 Joe Venuti And His Orchestra - Hiawatha's Lullaby 3:19

19 Joe Venuti And His Blue Five - Vibraphonia 2:50

20 Joe Venuti And His Orchestra - You're My Past, Present And Fu 3:00

21 Joe Venuti And His Orchestra - I Want To Ring Bells 2:59

22 Joe Venuti And His Orchestra - Doin' The Uptown Lowdown 2:46

23 Joe Venuti And His Orchestra - Gather Lip Rouge While You May 3:03

24 Joe Venuti And His Orchestra - Moon Glow 2:53

25 Joe Venuti And His Orchestra - Cheese And Crackers 2:52


CD8

01 Joe Venuti And His Blue Six - Sweet Lorraine 3:15

02 Joe Venuti And His Blue Six - Doin' The Uptown Lowdown 3:19

03 Joe Venuti And His Blue Six - The Jazz Me Blues (with Warm-u 3:27

04 Joe Venuti And His Blue Six - In De Ruff (alt) 3:11

05 Joe Venuti And His Blue Six - In De Ruff 3:09

06 Joe Venuti And His Orchestra - Build A Little Home 3:12

07 Joe Venuti And His Orchestra - No More Love 3:00

08 Joe Venuti And His Orchestra - My Dancing Lady 3:10

09 Joe Venuti And His Orchestra - Everything I Have Is Yours 3:05

10 Joe Venuti And His Orchestra ( - Fiddlesticks 2:48

11 Joe Venuti And His Orchestra ( - Goblin Market 2:57

12 Joe Venuti And His Blue Four - Satan's Holiday 3:00

13 Joe Venuti And His Blue Four - Tea Time 3:07

14 Joe Venuti And His Blue Four - Romantic Joe 2:41

15 Joe Venuti And His Blue Four - Hell's Bells And Hallelujah 3:00

16 Chick Bullock And His Levee Lo - Somebody Loves Me 2:44

17 Joe Venuti And Russ Morgan - Red Velvet 3:21

18 Joe Venuti And Russ Morgan - Black Satin 2:43

19 Bing Crosby - We're A Couple Of Soldiers, My 3:19

20 Colonel Martin Snyder, Ruth Et - Studio Chatter 3:59

21 Joe Venuti & Friends - Onyx Club Revue (no. 1) 3:04

22 Joe Venuti & Friends - Non-skid Manure 3:15

23 Joe Venuti & Friends - Venuti's Pagliacci No. 2 2:48

24 Joe Venuti & Friends - Onyx Club Record 2:54

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12 comments:

  1. Some really great music in this box set. Many, many thanks BB!

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    1. Hi pmac,
      Enjoy this box as it is wonderful.
      Cheers.

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    1. Hi Fieldhippie.
      It's one you don't want to let go.
      Cheers.

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  3. Thanks, Butter for this magnificent share. Eddie was beyond question one of the founding fathers of jazz guitar. Prior to his arrival on the scene, the banjo was the jazz standard, as it was able to be heard through the polyphonic din of saxophones, trumpets, cornets, clarinets, raucous drumming and tubas, which often
    provided bass prior to the ultimate triumph of the double bass. There are some sides out there with Lang playing banjo and he was a standout on that instrument as well. His death at 30 robbed us of a lot of great music and him of wider recognition.

    Thanks , dude!

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    1. You're welcome, slr in tx.
      I am proud to post this set made over an 8-year period. As it says above, ... "20s and 30s jazz at its finest".
      Cheers.

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  4. Once again a collection beyond compare! Thanks for your brilliant kindness. See you next time. Iggy

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  5. I got my reputation as a wizard music finder by obtaining early Venuti / Lang albums for an older work colleague. If only it had been this easy then!!

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    1. Hi Tom.
      These albums need to be heard. It a pleasure to post them.
      Cheers.

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  6. Thanks for this BB. Absolutely stunning compilations these are (my other absolute go to fav is chick webb and ella) thanks for making it available

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    1. Hi Doug C.
      I am happy hat this one ticks all the boxes for you. Enjoy!
      Cheers.

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