Cabaret Echoes: New Orleans Jazzers at Work, 1918-1927
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New Orleans holds a special allure like that of no other city, and its most famous music has cast its spell on the world for more than a century. New Orleans jazz has been discussed and written about nearly as much as it has been performed, and its recordings have been issued and reissued constantly since 1917. Many of the earliest seminal recordings are muddy and indistinct due to the primitive equipment used. Many reissues of this material have clouded the sound even further.
Off The Record, the label that brought us the startling restorations of the 1923 King Oliver Creole Jazz Band, now offers the six legendary Kid Ory Sunshine/Nordskog sides in remarkable fidelity (even Ed Garland's faint string bass can be heard!), along with 34 other early recordings of actual working New Orleans bands. Once again, master restoration engineer Doug Benson and jazz historian David Sager bring you the earliest and scarcest of New Orleans jazz. Cabaret Echoes brings together 40 rare recordings by actual working New Orleans groups, restored with unprecedented clarity. They are presented alongside 23 spoken introductions by the musicians themselves, taken from rare one-of-a-kind interviews.
David Sager's detailed essay is a fine follow-up to his Grammy-nominated notes for King Oliver, Off The Record. The essay is written from the point of view of someone who not only lived in New Orleans for many years but actively performs classic New Orleans-style jazz. The words are carefully selected to complement the music.
Also included are numerous illustrations: photographs and ads culled from rare trade journals and vintage newspapers, rare record labels, and sheet music covers. Many of these have not been seen since first published in now-defunct trade journals and New Orleans newspapers. Included are photos taken inside OKeh's makeshift New Orleans studio, a previously unpublished photograph of the Original New Orleans Jazz Band (with Jimmy Durante and Achille Baquet) and a rare photo of the Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra from Talking Machine World.
The essay and illustrations are handsomely presented in a 60-page booklet—beautifully designed by Richard Martin and Meagan Hennessey of Archeophone Records. Known for their outstanding artistic endeavors, this booklet presents the words, pictures, and music with the finest style and highest class.
WOW! A great job of transfers the Ory Nordskogs never sounded this good, and that goes down the line . . . for the first time I can enjoy hearing these early instrumentals. An important addition to the historic library. --George Avakian, legendary jazz record producer
For anyone interested in achieving depth on the early development and variegation of jazz (and understanding New Orleans musicians' role in it), this double CD package is a blessing. --Bruce Boyd Raeburn, Curator, Hogan Jazz Archive, Tulane University
Top Customer Reviews
The 40 tunes are excellently transferred and clean, without losing any of the dynamic range. I own many of these on 78, vinyl, and CD already, but have never heard the music so clearly as on this set. But if that's not enough, the producers ("Off the Record," the same people that brought you the fantastic King Oliver set a few years ago) have included some rare interview clips with the original musicians, courtesy of the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University.
Well worth the price of the whole set are the 60 pages of liner notes, well-researched and interestingly presented, with many rare photos. Technical buffs will appreciate the discography and notes on the quality and speed of each of the original 78s used for the transfers. David Sager and Doug Benson deserve a double "thumbs up" for this collection; keep an eye out for their future releases!