April 10, 2007
Living Era
Jazz, Mainstream Jazz, Trad Jazz

Album Review

English drummer and bandleader Joe Daniels is heard leading his lively Dixieland band on this smartly selected Living Era compilation of recordings made between 1951 and 1955. Although parallels have been drawn between Daniels and studiously eccentric characters like Raymond Scott, this portion of his career was entirely devoted to old-fashioned Dixieland jazz. The examples that have found their way onto this compilation are strong enough to warrant comparison with the best of Lu Watters, Eddie Condon or Jimmy McPartland. Daniels was a consummate showman with a sense of humor that manifested itself in memorable ways. He is known to have used a stepladder as a musical instrument, and even constructed a wooden bass drum effigy capable of laying eggs. But there's nothing kooky about this music. It is superbly executed traditional jazz, based in the achievements of Kid Ory, Muggsy Spanier, Irving Fazola, Bix Beiderbecke, the New Orleans Rhythm Kings and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Joe Daniels never had a chance to put out a long-playing album as a leader; Living Era has done the world a favor by compiling no less than 28 recordings previously available only to collectors of 78 rpm British jazz records. And that's pretty doggone exciting.
arwulf arwulf, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. At a Georgia Camp Meeting
  2. Washington and Lee Swing
  3. Barnyard Blues (Livery Stable Blues) [Live]
  4. Wolverine Blues [Live]
  5. Corrine, Corrina
  6. Wang Wang Blues
  7. Doctor Jazz
  8. Five Point Blues
  9. The Dixie Band Stomp
  10. Weary Blues
  11. That Da Da Strain
  12. Runnin' Wild!
  13. Riverboat Shuffle
  14. I Got Rhythm
  15. Sobbin' Blues
  16. Honey Babe
  17. Black and Blue
  18. Royal Garden Blues
  19. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
  20. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
  21. Jazz Me Blues
  22. Susie
  23. Spain
  24. Bugle Call Rag
  25. I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None O' This Jelly Roll
  26. Crazy Rhythm
  27. Marie
  28. Rosetta