Jack Purvis - Jack Purvis 1928-1935 (Music CD)

Release Date: 01 September 2009
Artist: Jack Purvis
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Jack Purvis was a strange figure in jazz history. A talented trumpeter who could also play effective trombone starting in the late '20s, Purvis was also a petty thief, a smuggler, a cook, an airplane pilot, and a charming con man. He was in one legendary escapade after another, which finally resulted in a jail sentence, and he never seemed to regret any of his adventures or make any attempt at reform. His remarkable and somewhat unbelievable tale is outlined in detail in Michael Brooks' lengthy and definitive liner notes to this superb three-CD set. Purvis made all of his recordings during 1928-1931 (except for a lone session by pianist Frank Froeba in 1935), leading eight selections of his own and otherwise mostly adding some hot jazz trumpet to dance band dates. Along the way he backed vocalists, played with some jazz orchestras (including Hal Kemp during his hottest period) and popped up on sets by the Boswell Sisters, Rube Bloom, and the California Ramblers. Although it never says on this set whether the 74 selections include one of Purvis' recorded trumpet solos, certainly every significant recording in his brief career is here. Collectors of 1920s jazz and early Depression-era dance music, and those curious as to the Jack Purvis story, should go out of their way to pick up this perfectly realized reissue from the Canadian Jazz Oracle label. ~ Scott Yanow
Release Date: 01 September 2009
Artist: Jack Purvis
  • Disk 1
  • 1. After My Laughter Came Tears - Johnson, Arnold and His Orchestra
  • 2. Together - Johnson, Arnold and His Orchestra
  • 3. What's the Reason - Johnson, Arnold and His Orchestra
  • 4. Get Your Man - Johnson, Arnold and His Orchestra
  • 5. Georgie Porgie - Johnson, Arnold and His Orchestra
  • 6. Wake Up! Chillun Wake Up! - Ballew, Smith
  • 7. Just You, Just Me - Ballew, Smith
  • 8. Blondy - Ballew, Smith
  • 9. Miss You - Ballew, Smith
  • 10. I Gotta Have You - Kemp, Hal & His Orchestra
  • 11. Lady Luck - Kemp, Hal & His Orchestra
  • 12. Navy Blues - Kemp, Hal & His Orchestra
  • 13. Navy Blues - Kemp, Hal & His Orchestra
  • 14. Copyin' Louis
  • 15. Mental Strain at Dawn
  • 16. Charming - Ballew, Smith
  • 17. Under a Texas Moon - Kemp, Hal & His Orchestra
  • 18. I'd Like to Be a Gypsy - Kemp, Hal & His Orchestra
  • 19. Can't You Hear Me Callin', Caroline? - Kemp, Hal & His Orchestra
  • 20. Sing You Sinners - Ballew, Smith
  • 21. In My Little Hope Chest - Ballew, Smith
  • 22. Stein Song - Wallace, Ted and His Orchestra
  • 23. Dismal Dan
  • 24. Poor Richard
  • 25. Down Georgia Way
  • Disk 2
  • 1. Nobody Cares If I'm Blue - Wallace, Ted and His Orchestra
  • 2. Mysterious Mose - Wallace, Ted and His Orchestra
  • 3. What's the Use of Cryin' Baby
  • 4. When You're Feeling Blue
  • 5. Be Bo Bo
  • 6. Ro-Ro-Rollin' Along - Wallace, Ted and His Orchestra
  • 7. Washin' the Blues from My Soul - California Ramblers
  • 8. Washin' the Blues from My Soul - California Ramblers
  • 9. On Revival Day - Bloom, Rube & His Bayou Boys
  • 10. On Revival Day - Bloom, Rube & His Bayou Boys
  • 11. There's a Wah-Wah Gal in Agua Caliente - Bloom, Rube & His Bayou Boys
  • 12. I Love You So Much - California Ramblers
  • 13. Just a Little Closer - Wallace, Ted and His Orchestra
  • 14. I've Got My Eye on You - Wallace, Ted and His Orchestra
  • 15. Tomorrow Is Another Day - Wallace, Ted and His Campus Boys
  • 16. Don't Tell Her What's Happened to Me - Wallace, Ted and His Campus Boys
  • 17. How a Little Girl Like You Could Love Me - California Ramblers
  • 18. Sweet Eyes of Blue - California Ramblers
  • 19. Sleepy Time Gal - Ellis, Seger
  • 20. How a Little Girl Like You Could Love Me - Wallace, Ted and His Orchestra
  • 21. Sweet Jennie Lee! - Wallace, Ted and His Orchestra
  • 22. Fraternity Blues - Wallace, Ted and His Campus Boys
  • 23. Football Freddy - Wallace, Ted and His Campus Boys
  • 24. St. Louis Blues - Newton, Lloyd and His Varsity Eleven
  • 25. Sweet Jennie Lee - Newton, Lloyd and His Varsity Eleven
  • Disk 3
  • 1. Deserted Blues - Wilson, Roy and His Georgia Crackers
  • 2. Swamp Blues - Wilson, Roy and His Georgia Crackers
  • 3. Three Little Words - Ellis, Seger
  • 4. You're Driving Me Crazy! (What Did I Do?) - Ellis, Seger
  • 5. You're Driving Me Crazy! (What Did I Do?) - Morse, Lee
  • 6. He's My Secret Passion - Morse, Lee
  • 7. The Peanut Vendor - California Ramblers
  • 8. Walkin' My Baby Back Home - Wallace, Ted and His Orchestra
  • 9. Telling You I Love You - California Ramblers
  • 10. By a Lazy Country Lane - Wallace, Ted and His Campus Boys
  • 11. Whistles - Kemp, Hal & His Orchestra
  • 12. Let's Get Friendly - Lucas, Nick & His Crooning Troubadours
  • 13. (There Ought to Be A) Moonlight Saving Time - Kemp, Hal & His Orchestra
  • 14. (There Ought to Be A) Moonlight Saving Time - Robertson, Dick & His Orchestra
  • 15. Stardust - Wallace, Ted and His Campus Boys
  • 16. That's My Desire - Lucas, Nick & His Crooning Troubadours
  • 17. It's the Girl - Boswell Sisters
  • 18. It's You - Boswell Sisters
  • 19. Guilty - Wallace, Ted and His Campus Boys
  • 20. Concentratin' (On You) - California Ramblers
  • 21. Honest, Really, Truly - Jarrett, Art
  • 22. Church Mouse on a Spree - Froeba, Frank
  • 23. The Music Goes 'Round and Around - Froeba, Frank
  • 24. There'll Be a Great Day in the Mornin'! - Froeba, Frank

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Catalogue No: BDW8035