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This is the type of definitive "complete" release that American labels always seem to leave up to the Europeans to do correctly. The English LP reissues all seven selections by the Bucktown Five, the two numbers from the Stomp Six, Charles Pierce's seven 1928 titles, and two titles from the Jungle Kings. The somewhat generic group names mask the fact that these performances include solos from such greats as cornetist Muggsy Spanier, clarinetists Volly de Faut and Frankie Teschemacher, and pianist Joe Sullivan. These early recordings find Spanier gradually developing his own style; his solos on "Why Can't It Be Poor Little Me" and "Nobody's Sweetheart" are classics. 1920s collectors can consider this set to be essential.


Born: November 09, 1906 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

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

Muggsy Spanier was a predictable but forceful cornetist who rarely strayed far from the melody. Perfectly at home in Dixieland ensembles, Spanier was also an emotional soloist (equally influenced by King Oliver and Louis Armstrong) who was an expert at using the plunger mute. He started on cornet when he was 13, played with Elmer Schoebel's band in 1921, and first recorded in 1924. Spanier was a fixture in Chicago throughout the decade (appearing on several important early records) before joining...
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