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Jack Teagarden

The Complete Capitol Fifties Jazz Sessions

The Complete Capitol Fifties Jazz Sessions cover

Jack Teagarden was the top jazz trombonist to emerge before World War II. While his most innovative days were in the late '20s and '30s, he remained a viable and highly enjoyable jazzman (and a popular attraction on the Dixieland circuit) up until his death in 1964. In the 1950s, he recorded six albums for Capitol, and they are reissued in full (plus some alternate takes and a "new" version of "St. James Infirmary") on Mosaic's four-CD box set. Teagarden is heard on two hot Dixieland dates (Coast Concert and Jazz Ultimate) with cornetist Bobby Hackett and either Matty Matlock or Peanuts Hucko on clarinet. An outing by his own working group (Big T's Dixieland Band) is a surprising disappointment, for the sextet is hamstrung by dully arranged ensembles instead of getting a chance to really stretch out. However, Teagarden's three albums with larger groups are all better than expected. This Is Teagarden revisits some older material, Swing Low, Sweet Spiritual (even with the dumb background singers) is generally successful, and the instrumental mood record Shades of Night has some beautiful trombone playing on the ballads. Although Teagarden was no longer a pacesetter in the 1950s, he is heard throughout in prime form. Dixieland collectors can consider this box to be essential.

Review by Scott Yanow

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Track Listing

Track Title Length
1 Struttin' With Some Barbecue   
2 Muskrat Ramble   
3 New Orleans   
4 Basin Street Blues
5 St. James Infirmary
6 That's a Plenty
7 I Want a Big Butter and Egg Man   
8 Fidgety Feet   
9 Royal Garden Blues
10 I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan   
11 Stars Fell on Alabama
12 Old Pigeon-Toed Joad   
13 My Kinda Love   
14 Peg O' My Heart
15 Beale Street Blues   
16 If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)   
17 I'm Coming Virgina   
18 Fare-Thee-Well to Harlem   
19 Aunt Hagar's Children Blues   
20 After You've Gone
21 Monday Date   
22 The Sheik of Araby
23 Goin' Home   
24 Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen   
25 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot [Rejected Mix]   
26 Deep River   
27 Get on Board, Little Children   
28 Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho   
29 This Train   
30 Ezekiel Saw the Wheel   
31 Gonna Shout All over God's Heaven   
32 Shadrack   
33 Sing and Shout   
34 Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child   
35 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot   
36 (Back Home Again In) Indiana   
37 It's Wonderful   
38 Way Down Yonder in New Orleans   
39 'S Wonderful   
40 'S Wonderful [Take]   
41 Baby, Won't You Please Come Home   
42 I Found a New Baby   
43 Mama's Gone, Goodbye   
44 Mama's Gone, Goodbye [Take]   
45 Oh Baby   
46 Sunday   
47 Everybody Loves My Baby   
48 55th and Broadway   
49 55th and Broadway [Take]   
50 Cabin in the Sky   
51 Diane   
52 Diane [Take]   
53 Autumn Leaves
54 While We're Young   
55 Alone Together   
56 Autumn Serenade   
57 If Love Is Good to Me   
58 Street of Tears   
59 Junk Man   
60 Junk Man [Take]   
61 Strange   
62 Someone Else's Love   
63 Mixed Emotions   
64 Mobile Blues   
65 Wolverine Blues   
66 Tishomingo Blues   
67 Someday You'll Be Sorry   
68 Rippa-Tutti   
69 Weary River   
70 Dallas Blues   
71 Casanova's Lament   
72 Walleritis   
73 Doctor Jazz   
74 China Boy   

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