Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles 1921-1956

Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles 1921-1956


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If the term "West Coast Jazz" conjures up images of cool blowing golden boys like Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, and Stan Getz, it's more than understandable. These were the artists who got the publicity, and the subsequent sales. Although the cool players deserved all their success, theirs is not the only jazz story to come out of Los Angeles. From the 1920s through the '50s, L.A. was a hotbed of African-American music -- it's this creative ferment that CENTRAL AVENUE SOUNDS focuses on. From transplanted New Orleans pioneers (Jelly Roll Morton, Kid Ory) to swing giants (Art Tatum, Duke Ellington, Lester Young, Nat King Cole, Lionel Hampton) to bop potentates (Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Dexter Gordon) to R&B masters (Johnny Otis, Big Jim McNeely, Roy Milton) to bluesmen (Jimmy Witherspoon, Charles Brown, Percy Mayfield, Pee Wee Crayton) and a host of top-flight individualists (Wardell Gray, Gerald Wilson, Lucky Thompson, Howard McGhee), this 4-CD set -- named for the main drag that housed L.A.'s best jazz clubs -- gives a panoramic view of a fertile music scene too long ignored. Split nicely between legendary performances, including Parker's "Night In Tunisia," Gordon's "Bikini," and Mayfield's "Please Send Me Someone to Love," and more obscure gems, CENTRAL AVENUE SOUNDS makes a great case for the "other" West Coast sound.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/31/1999
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227587222
catalogNumber: 75872


Disc 1

  1. Ory's Creole Trombone
  2. Creole Song
  3. Get out of Here
  4. Blues for Jimmie Noone
  5. Someday, Sweetheart
  6. The Pearls
  7. Kansas City Stomp
  8. Mamanita
  9. Harlem
  10. California Swing
  11. If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)
  12. Shine
  13. When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  14. Dixie Rhythm
  15. Body and Soul
  16. Tiger Rag
  17. Central Avenue Breakdown
  18. T-Bone Blues
  19. Jump for Joy
  20. Blues on Central Avenue
  21. Benny's Bugle @@Lee & Lester Young's Orchestra
  22. Flying Home
  23. Mean Old World
  24. Jumpin' in the Groove

Disc 2

  1. Straighten up and Fly Right
  2. The Man I Love
  3. Body and Soul
  4. I Wonder
  5. The Honeydripper Pts. 1 & 2
  6. Swingin' the Boogie
  7. That's My Desire
  8. Harlem Nocturne
  9. Driftin' Blues
  10. Tutti Frutti
  11. Laguna
  12. Soothe Me
  13. Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'
  14. These Foolish Things
  15. R.M. Blues
  16. Groovin' High
  17. Bugle Call Rag
  18. Ornithology
  19. A Night in Tunisia
  20. Jump Call
  21. Bedspread
  22. Pipe Dream
  23. Smooth Sailing

Disc 3

  1. Dialated Pupils
  2. Up in Dodo's Room
  3. Crusin' with Cab
  4. Dissonance in Blues
  5. Mischievous Lady
  6. The Chase
  7. Chromatic Aberration
  8. Bikini
  9. I Thought About You
  10. Fine Brown Frame
  11. Stormy Monday
  12. Red Top
  13. Ain't Nobody's Business
  14. Big Fine Girl
  15. Blues in Teddy's Flat
  16. Teardrop Blues
  17. Hop, Skip and Jump
  18. So Tired
  19. It's April
  20. Collette
  21. Blues After Hours
  22. Mingus Fingers
  23. These Foolish Things

Disc 4

  1. Sippin' with Cisco
  2. Gassin' the Wig
  3. Little Wig
  4. Double Crossing Blues
  5. Pink Champagne
  6. Move
  7. Please Send Me Someone to Love
  8. Black Night
  9. Money Blues
  10. Deacon's Hop
  11. Sweet and Lovely
  12. Farmer's Market
  13. Lover Man
  14. East of the Sun
  15. Thrust
  16. 3-D
  17. Nervous Man, Nervous
  18. Too Marvelous for Words
  19. Lover Man
  20. The Champ
  21. De Silva Wig

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles Brown   Track Performer
Percy Mayfield   Track Performer
Big Joe Turner   Track Performer
Dexter Gordon   Track Performer
Wardell Gray   Track Performer
Big Jay McNeely   Track Performer
Charles Mingus   Track Performer
Frank Morgan   Track Performer
Jelly Roll Morton   Track Performer
Kid Ory   Track Performer
Art Tatum   Track Performer
Lucky Thompson   Track Performer
Gerald Wiggins   Track Performer
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Andrews   Track Performer
Hadda Brooks   Track Performer
Cecil Gant   Track Performer
Nellie Lutcher   Track Performer
Slim Gaillard   Track Performer
T-Bone Walker   Track Performer
Solid Senders   Track Performer
Louis Armstrong   Track Performer
Benny Carter   Track Performer
Nat King Cole   Track Performer
Duke Ellington   Track Performer
Little Esther   Track Performer
Camille Howard   Track Performer
Charlie Parker   Track Performer
Roy Porter   Track Performer
Jimmy Witherspoon   Track Performer
Benny Carter & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Dexter Gordon Quartet   Track Performer
Gerald Wilson Orchestra   Track Performer
Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Roy Milton & His Solid Senders   Track Performer
Teddy Edwards Quartet   Track Performer
Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers   Track Performer
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers   Track Performer
Jimmy Liggins & His Drops of Joy   Track Performer
Johnny Otis & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Freddie Slack Trio   Track Performer
Johnny Otis Quartet   Track Performer
Buddy Collette Quartet   Track Performer
Dexter Gordon Quintet   Track Performer
Howard McGhee Sextet   Track Performer
Lucky Thompson Quartet   Track Performer
Charlie Parker Septet   Track Performer
Slim Gaillard Quartet   Track Performer
Wilbert Barranco Orchestra   Track Performer
Wilbert Barranco Trio   Track Performer
Joe Liggins & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Four Blackbirds   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Charles Brown   Composer
Johnny Otis   Composer
Jimmy Liggins   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Dexter Gordon   Composer
Wardell Gray   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
James P. Johnson   Composer
Big Jay McNeely   Composer
Charles Mingus   Composer
Lucky Thompson   Composer
Gerald Wilson   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Cecil Gant   Composer
Howard McGhee   Composer
Slim Gaillard   Composer
T-Bone Walker   Composer
Jack Pettis   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Nat King Cole   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Benny Harris   Composer
Frank Paparelli   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Avery Parrish   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
J. Mayo Williams   Composer
Harry Link   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Ford Dabney   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
Sydney Robin   Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson   Composer
Benjamin Franklin Spikes   Composer
Raymond Leveen   Composer
Cecil Mack   Composer
John Spikes   Composer
Guadalupe Cartiero   Composer
Harry Da Costa   Composer
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers   Composer
Eddie Williams   Composer
Sid Kuller   Composer
Dwight Davis   Composer
Billy Meyers   Composer

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