by Spike Hughes


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In 1933, British composer/bassist Spike Hughes visited the United States and organized three recording sessions that resulted in 14 titles. Hughes used some of the top jazz all-stars of the era (including trumpeter Red Allen, trombonist Dicky Wells, altoist Benny Carter, flutist Wayman Carver, and both Coleman Hawkins and Chu Berry on tenors) on selections that he arranged and, on ten occasions, also composed. The music is advanced, picturesque, often moody, and generally swinging. A change-of-pace bonus is jammed versions of "Sweet Sue" and "Home Come You Do Me Like You Do." In addition to giving listeners the opportunity to hear both Hawkins and Berry soloing on some of the same songs, these selections find Carver taking a few of his earliest recorded flute solos. The imported CD also includes the eight titles (plus a previously unissued alternate take of "Devil's Holiday") from Benny Carter's big band dates of the year, which seems a logical matchup, since the first four titles use a similar band to Hughes'. Among the highlights overall are "Bugle Call Rag," "Nocturne," "Arabesque," "Donegal Cradle Song," "Swing It," and "Symphony in Riffs." Highly recommended to vintage jazz collectors. In fact, so pleased was Hughes with the results of his sessions that he immediately retired from jazz to become a full-time critic, feeling that he could not top the heights of these performances.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/09/2006
Label: Challenge
UPC: 0608917900514
catalogNumber: RTR79005
Rank: 90677

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Spike Hughes   Primary Artist,Bass,String Bass
Henry "Red" Allen   Trumpet,Vocals
Chu Berry   Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Luis Russell   Piano
Coleman Hawkins   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Benny Carter   Leader,Vocals,Multi Instruments
Wayman Carver   Multi Instruments
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Shad Collins   Trumpet
Leonard Davis   Trumpet
Bill Dillard   Trumpet
J.C. Higginbotham   Trombone
Ernest "Bass" Hill   String Bass
Keg Johnson   Trombone
Lawrence Lucie   Guitar
Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall   Drums
George Washington   Trombone
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Wilbur De Paris   Trombone
Fred Robinson   Trombone
Benny Carter & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Eddie Mallory   Trumpet
Glyn Pacque   Alto Saxophone
Howard E. Johnson   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Dick Clark   Trumpet
Johnny Russell   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Spike Hughes   Arranger,Director
Irving Mills   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Gene Austin   Composer
Chris Ellis   Producer
Will J. Harris   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Menno Daams   Liner Notes
Roy Bergere   Composer

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