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Eddie Condon was the ringleader for a traditional jazz movement that had roots in Chicago but manifested itself in New York City during the 1930s and '40s. Lean, tough, brusque and stoically alcoholic with a humorous, rhetorical manner not unlike that employed on the silver screen by James Cagney, Condon personified old-styled jazz and stubbornly promoted it through live concerts, club dates and studio recording sessions, mostly for Milt Gabler's Commodore label. In 1999 Masters of Jazz threw together a Condon sampler containing 20 New Orleans/Windy City styled jazz records waxed during a time line extending from 1930 to 1944. Most of Condon's core players are heard on this plucky collection, including Pee Wee Russell, Bud Freeman, Bobby Hackett, Miff Mole, Max Kaminsky, George Brunies, Joe Sullivan and George Wettling. Fats Waller even sits in on "Oh, Sister! Ain't That Hot!" and the mighty "Georgia Grind." This piquant taste of Condon can and will provoke some listeners into investigating the rest of his recorded legacy.

Biography

Born: 17 November 1905 in Goodland, IN

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

A major propagandist for freewheeling Chicago jazz, an underrated rhythm guitarist, and a talented wisecracker, Eddie Condon's main importance to jazz was not so much through his own playing as in his ability to gather together large groups...
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