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About two-and-a-half years transpired between Muggsy Spanier's September 1946 session for the Disc label (see Classics 967, Muggsy Spanier 1944-1946) and the Jazz Limited recording date of February 1949, which resulted in the two tracks that open this fourth volume in the Classics Muggsy Spanier chronology. Based in Chicago, the small-time Jazz Limited record label was an offshoot of Jazz Ltd., a Windy City Dixieland club at 11 East Grand Avenue run by cute little Ruth Reinhardt and her husband, Bill, who can be heard blowing his clarinet on these first two selections. Muggsy Spanier & the Dixieland Band recorded on four separate occasions for the Mercury label in Chicago between March 1950 and May 1952; the first of these groups (tracks three through six) had perhaps the most intriguing lineup in George Brunies, Darnell Howard, Floyd Bean, Truck Parham, and Big Sid Catlett, who was destined to die of a backstage heart attack almost exactly one year later. Aside from the session of August 29, 1951, during which an oddly tense Buddy Charles sings "Moonglow" and "Sunday" with a bit too much vibrato, these sorts of good-time old-fashioned blowing sessions were typical of Spanier's recorded output throughout the years. At the beginning of September 1954 Spanier, who had switched to the trumpet in 1950, was recording for Decca using the old cornet and billing his group as a "Jazz" rather than "Dixieland" band. These recordings, particularly the slower-paced numbers like Hoagy Carmichael's "Judy" and a ten-and-a-half-minute take of "Careless Love," are elegant and majestic in ways that bear comparison with Spanier's best recordings.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/21/2006
Label: Classics France
UPC: 3448967140525
catalogNumber: 1405
Rank: 168985


  1. A Good Man Is Hard to Find
  2. Washington and Lee Swing
  3. Dixie Flyer
  4. Lazy Piano Man
  5. Sweet Georgia Brown
  6. Feather Brain
  7. Home
  8. It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary
  9. Caution Blues
  10. Alabama Jubilee
  11. Moonglow
  12. Sunday
  13. Blue Room
  14. Tiger Rag
  15. South
  16. When My Dream Boat Comes Home
  17. Careless Love
  18. Judy
  19. Oh, Doctor Ochsner!
  20. Washington and Lee Swing
  21. My Wild Irish Rose

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Muggsy Spanier   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Conductor,Cornet,Group Member
Barrett Deems   Drums,Group Member
Don Ewell   Piano,Group Member
Red Richards   Piano,Group Member
George Wettling   Drums,Group Member
Billy Mure   Guitar,Group Member
Georg Brunis   Trombone,Group Member
Big Sid Catlett   Drums,Group Member
Phil Gomez   Clarinet,Group Member
Darnell Howard   Clarinet,Group Member
Truck Parham   Bass,Group Member
Boomie Richmond   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Wally Gordon   Drums,Group Member
Sid Thall   Bass,Group Member
Floyd Bean   Piano,Group Member
Buddy Charles   Violin,Group Member
Ted Richards   Piano
Don Chester   Drums,Group Member
Ralph Hutchinson   Trombone,Group Member
Don Chester   Drums

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Bennie Moten   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Ben Bernie   Composer
Chester Cohn   Composer
Thamon Hayes   Composer
Eddie Miller   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Chauncey Olcott   Composer
Peter Van Steeden   Composer
Anatol Schenker   Liner Notes
Laneatha Williams   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Kenneth Casey   Composer
Sammy Lerner   Composer
Andre de Lange   Composer
Jack Judge   Composer
M.W. Sheafe   Composer

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