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The Traditional Delta and Country Blues

Clifford Hayes & the Louisville Jug Bands, Vol. 3 (1927-1929) by Clifford Hayes

Label: Document Records/RST Records.
Release Date: 1994.
Recording Time: 71 minutes.
Recording Date: June 6, 1927 - February 6, 1929.
Releases: 1998 (RST Records), 2000 (RST Records), 2005 (Document).

Styles: Early Jazz, Jug Band, Pre-War Country Blues.

Featured Artists: Kentucky Jazz Babies, Clifford Hayes, Dixieland Jug Blowers.

The third of four CDs from the Austrian RST label has the final ten selections from the Dixieland Jug Blowers along with 14 by Clifford Hayes's Louisville Stompers. Although the former no longer had the powerful jug playing of Earl McDonald, the mysterious H. Clifford was a good substitute and the three-horn septet (which features two guest vocalists) certainly had plenty of spirit. The Louisville Stompers is essentially a stripped-down jugless version of the Jug Blowers, a jazz-oriented quartet comprised of violinist Clifford Hayes, trombonist Hense Grundy, pianist Johnny Gatewood and the impressive guitarist Cal Smith who makes "Blue Guitar Stomp" a classic. The final seven Stompers performances are a bit surprising for the pianist is the great Earl Hines who has a few short solos although mostly in a supporting role. All four of the CDs are easily recommended to collectors of the era for on a whole they contain the complete output of these unusual groups.
by Scott Yanow

Credits: George Allen - sax (alto), sax (soprano); Lucien Brown - sax (alto), sax (soprano); Buddy Burton - primary artist; The Dixieland Jug Blowers - performer, primary artist; Clifford Hayes - composer, jug, primary artist, speech/speaker/speaking part, violin; Earl Hines - guest artist, piano; Kurt Hriczucsah - cover art; Lockwood Lewis - sax (alto), sax (soprano); Johnny Parth - producer; Cal Smith - banjo, composer, guitar; Rudi Steager - executive producer; Elizabeth Washington - vocals; Gerhard Wessely - remastering.

Tracks: 1) National blues (take 2) - Dixieland Jug Blowers; 2) National blues (take 3) - Dixieland Jug Blowers; 3) Southern shout (take 3) - Dixieland Jug Blowers; 4) Garden of joy blues - Dixieland Jug Blowers; 5) You`d better leave me alone, sweet papa - Dixieland Jug Blowers; 6) Only mother cares for me - Dixieland Jug Blowers; 7) Love blues - Dixieland Jug Blowers; 8) I never did want you - Dixieland Jug Blowers; 9) If you can`t make it easy, sweet mama - Dixieland Jug Blowers; 10) When I`d stopped runnin`, I was at home - Dixieland Jug Blowers; 11) Blue guitar stomp - Clifford Hayes' Louisville Stompers; 12) Bye-bye blues - Clifford Hayes' Louisville Stompers; 13) Blue harmony - Clifford Hayes' Louisville Stompers; 14) The petter`s stomp - Clifford Hayes' Louisville Stompers; 15) Blue trombone stomp - Clifford Hayes' Louisville Stompers; 16) Clef Club stomp - Clifford Hayes' Louisville Stompers; 17) Barefoot stomp - Clifford Hayes' Louisville Stompers; 18) Automobile blues (take 1) - Clifford Hayes' Louisville Stompers; 19) Frog hop (take 2) - Clifford Hayes' Louisville Stompers; 20) Dance hall shuffle (take 2) - Clifford Hayes' Louisville Stompers; 21) Shoe string stomp (take 2) - Clifford Hayes' Louisville Stompers; 22) Everybody wants me tootelum (take 2) - Clifford Hayes' Louisville Stompers; 23) Hey! Am I blue? (take 2) - Clifford Hayes' Louisville Stompers; 24) Shady Lane blues (take 1) - Clifford Hayes' Louisville Stompers.