March 13, 2001
Jazz, Swing, Trad Jazz, Big Band

Album Review

Dutton Vocalion presents a marvelously entertaining album of 25 swinging sides recorded between 1936 and 1941 by South Africa-born British drummer and bandleader Joe Daniels [1909-1993]. Rather than the Dixieland sound he embraced during the 1950s, this compilation highlights Daniels' spirited swing band and his perky "Drumnasticks" act, a refreshing counterpart to the intricate precision of Chicago-based percussionist Vic Berton. Like most English jazzmen during the years immediately preceding the Second World War, Daniels paid close attention to what was being played and recorded in North America. Composers represented here include Spencer Williams, Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, and Slim Gaillard, whose "Tutti Frutti" is counterbalanced by the equally silly "Mutiny in the Nursery," one of Daniels' zanier ideas combining the quirkiness of Raymond Scott with the giddiness of the Bonzo Dog Band. On the level, folks, this is one of the better installments in Dutton Vocalion's extensive catalog of British jazz and dance band reissues.
arwulf arwulf, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Drummer Goes to Town
  2. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
  3. Who
  4. The Japanese Sandman
  5. The Loveless Love
  6. Basin Street Blues
  7. Valparaiso
  8. Whispering
  9. Wabash Blues
  10. Big Boy Blue
  11. Cuban Swing
  12. Bugle Call Rag
  13. Stardust
  14. Somebody Stole My Gal
  15. Cockles and Mussels
  16. Mood Indigo
  17. Tutti Frutti
  18. The Oldest Swinger in Harlem
  19. Narcissus
  20. Cuban Pete
  21. Beat Me Daddy (Eight To The Bar)
  22. Missouri Scrambler
  23. All The Nice Girls Love A Sailor
  24. Knees Up Mother Brown
  25. Mutiny in the Nursery
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