For this first issue we are presenting some extremely rare titles which have never before seen the light of day. The two Raymond Burke/Wooden Joe Nicholas titles (1 & 2) are something I was not in possession of when I issued AMCD-47. These 2 songs, which were found in the New Orleans Flea Market of all places, complete the Paradox material.
Title number three is from the collection of Raymond Burke. How wonderful is “High Society” on Piccolo?
“Honky Tonk Town” (4) celebrates the return to New Orleans of drummer Ray Bauduc. He had been with Bob Crosby’s Bobcats for years and this is a title that has been in my collection forever because of the drumming, mostly. It is a great example of a medium tempo adaptation of an old warhorse.
Undoubtedly the rarest of the rare are “Tiger Rag” (5) and a partial “High Society” (6). These were salvaged from the collection of my friend Sam Charters. They are recordings done on two acetates that Sam acquired in the fifties from the drum player Albert Jiles. They were in terrible shape but sound engineer Richard Bird and I worked on them for eleven straight hours. They are Elmer Talbert’s first recordings ever and I’m sorry the fidelity is so bad. (Remember Joe
Oliver’s “Zulu’s Ball”?). But they are priceless.
Next are five titles by Ricard Alexis’ Band (Pictured on the front cover at the Mardi Gras Lounge in 1951). This was a working unit for several months and it shows.
The three George Lewis Band titles, which have been in my collection for years, have never been issued before and are, simply put - magnificent.