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Louis Dumaine's Jazzola Eight
Thanks to the enterprise of Victor Recording Company in 1927, when they took a roving recording microphone around the south and mid-west of America, we have authentic New Orleans jazz from Dumaines’ Jazzola Eight which gives us an idea of real New Orleans jazz long before the revival of interest in this music brought forth a spate of re-creations.

To-Wa-Bac-A-Wa” is Creole French for the very old melody known popularly as “Bucket Got A Hole In It”, and gives us some very attractive ensemble work. “Pretty Audrey” enables one to enjoy the traditional clarinet playing of Willie Joseph, the Oliver-like cornet of Dumaine himself, and a solo from composer Morris Rouse, who is given his head in a beautiful barrel-house solo in “Red Onion Drag” – very ably supported by the rhythm section. Dumaine had a mellow tone – well in the tradition of the best New Orleans cornetists vise his solo in “Franklin Street Blues“.

Taken from the book Recorded Jazz: A Critical Guide by Rex Harris and Brian Rust.

discography

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Franklin Street Blues
(Louis Dumaine / Eddie Jackson )
3-7-1927 New Orleans, Lousiana Victor
20580-A

37979-1
Pretty Audrey
(Eddie Jackson / Morris Rouse)
3-7-1927 New Orleans, Lousiana Victor
20723
HMV B5385

37977-1
Red Onion Drag
(Louis Dumaine / Eddie Jackson )
3-7-1927 New Orleans, Lousiana Victor
20580-B

37980-1
Red Onion Drag
(Louis Dumaine / Eddie Jackson )
3-7-1927 New Orleans, Lousiana Victor
20580-B

37980-3
To-Wa-Bac-A-Wa – Yale Blues
(Louis Dumaine / Eddie Jackson )
3-7-1927 New Orleans, Lousiana Victor
20723
HMV B5385

37978-2

Louis Dumaine's Jazzola Eight

Artist Instrument
Louis Dumaine Cornet
Joe Howard Tuba
Earl Humprey Trombone
Louis James Clarinet
Willie Joseph Clarinet
Leonard Mitchell Banjo, Vocals
Morris Rouse Piano
James Willigan Drums

 

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