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Jimmy Lytell

The complete solo clarinet recordings of Jimmy Lytell, recorded between 1926 and 1928 for Pathé. Lytell, primarily a studio musician and a mainstay of the Original Memphis Five during the 1920s, is revealed here to be a fine soloist in his own right. This compilation contains all known takes of these recordings, which also feature such luminaries as Eddie Lang, Dick McDonough, Frank Signorelli and Rube Bloom. The fully-illustrated booklet includes notes by collector Phil Melick, and audio restoration is by Karl Machat.

The Three Barbers


Jimmy Lytell (cl), Frank Signorelli (p), unknown (g).


New York, c. February 8, 1926


1.   106622          Down Town Fling (Signorelli-Carrazo)    Pathé Actuelle 11165

2.   106623          Buggy Blues (Lytell-Signorelli)                              Perfect 14595



Jimmy Lytell


Jimmy Lytell (cl), Frank Signorelli (p), Eddie Lang (g, bjo (as noted)).


New York, c. November 20, 1926


3.   107225          Old Folk’s Shuffle (Williams-Waller)-bjo              Perfect 14749

4.   107227          Red House Blues (Jimmy Lytell)                            Perfect 14749




Unknown (c), Jimmy Lytell (cl), unknown (p), unknown (bjo).


New York, January, 1927


5.   107334-A      Messin' Around (St. Cyr.-Cooke)                           Perfect 14765

6.   107334-C      Messin' Around (St. Cyr.-Cooke)                           Perfect 14765

7.   107335-B      Coney Island Washboard (Nestor-

                                 Shugart-Durand-Adams)                                   Perfect 14765



Jimmy Lytell (cl), probably Frank Signorelli (p), Dick McDonough (bjo).


New York, March, 1927


8.   107420-C      Alexander's Ragtime Band (Irving Berlin)            Perfect 14788

9.   107421-A      Pardon The Glove (Howdy Quicksell)                  Perfect 14788

10. 107421-C      Pardon The Glove (Howdy Quicksell)                  Perfect 14788



Jimmy Lytell (cl), Frank Signorelli (p), Dick McDonough (g).


New York, June, 1927


11. 107613          Zulu Wail (Skinner-Bibo)                            Pathé Actuelle 11488

12. 107613alt      Zulu Wail (Skinner-Bibo)                                          Pathé 36665

13. 107614          Fakir’s Rhythm (Jimmy Lytell)                   Pathé Actuelle 11488



Jimmy Lytell (cl), Frank Signorelli (p), Dick McDonough (bjo).


New York, October, 1927


14. 107861          Headin' For Harlem (Hanley-Dowling)     Pathé Actuelle 11534

15. 107862          Sugar (Yellen-Ager-Crum-Nichols)           Pathé Actuelle 11534



Jimmy Lytell (cl), Rube Bloom (p), Dick McDonough (bjo).


New York, c. December 1927


16.                       Why Be Blue (Jimmy Lytell)                                      Pathé 36741

17.                       Stockholm Stomp (Pettis-Goering)                         Pathé 36741



Jimmy Lytell (cl), Frank Signorelli (p), Lou Calabrese (tenor bjo).


New York, February, 1928


18. 108056          Missouri Squabble (Holst-Kretzmer)          Pathé Actuelle 11557

19. 108056alt      Missouri Squabble (Holst-Kretzmer)                        Pathé 36775

20. 108056alt2    Missouri Squabble (Holst-Kretzmer)                      Perfect 14956

21. 108057          Davenport Blues (Bix Beiderbecke)          Pathé Actuelle 11557

22. 108057alt      Davenport Blues (Bix Beiderbecke)                       Perfect 14956



Jimmy Lytell (cl), Frank Signorelli (p), possibly Dick McDonough (g).


New York, June, 1928


23. 108221          Sweet Emmalina (Williams-Palmer-Razaf)            Perfect 15005

24. 108221alt      Sweet Emmalina (Williams-Palmer-Razaf)            Perfect 15005

25. 108222          Yellow Dog Blues (W. C. Handy)                             Pathé 36824