BDW8008 | Richmond Rarities - Recorded in Richmond, Indiana 1927-33

Recorded on such labels as Electrobeam Gennett, Champion and Supertone, this CD presents the complete output, including all known alternate takes, of the following bands – Alex Jackson and his Plantation Orch., Alphonso Trent and his Orch., Zach Whyte’s Chocolate Beau Brummels and Red Perkins and his Dixie Ramblers.

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Alex Jackson and His Plantation Orchestra
Alex Jackson (v) dir. Clarence Wheeler, Lee Golden (t), Joe King (tb), Len Fields, Harold Scott (cl,as), Raymond Martin (ts), Lonnie Small (p), Tommy Short (bjo), Bob Ysaguirre (bb), Dick Ward (d), Orchestra members (v).

Richmond, Ind., September 16, 1927
1. 13081 Jack Ass Blues (—) -vO Ge 6249

Richmond, Ind., October 27, 1927

Unknown band member doubles on kazoo on track 3.
2. 13180 I Call You Sugar (Baxter-Bowles) -vAJ Ge 6296
3. 13181 When Erastus Plays His Old Kazoo (Coslow-Spier-Fain) -vAJ-O Ch 15386
4. 13182-A Missouri Squabble (Holst-Kretznus) -vO Ch 15386
Note: Champion as The Plantation Serenaders.

Alphonso Trent and His Orchestra
Alphonso Trent (p) dir. Chester Clark, Irving Randolph (t), Leo “Snub” Mosely (tb, v), James Jeter, Charles Pillars, Lee Hilliard (as), Hayes Pillars (ts, bar), Leroy “Stuff” Smith (vln,v), Eugene Crooke (bjo, gtr), Robert “Eppie” Jackson (bb), possibly Alvin Burroughs (d), John Fielding (v).

Richmond, Ind., October 11, 1928
5. 14327-B Louder And Funnier (Sanders) -vSS Ge 6664
6. 14328 Gilded Kisses (Mosley) -vSM-SS-JF Ge 6664

Richmond, Ind., December 5, 1928
7. 14518 Black And Blue Rhapsody (Madison) Ge 6710
8. 14519 Nightmare (Riley-Meyers-Handler) Ge 6710

Alphonso Trent (p) dir. Herbert “Peanuts” Holland, Chester Clark, Irving Randolph, George Hudson (t), Leo “Snub” Mosely (tb), James Jeter, Charles Pillars, Lee Hilliard (as), Hayes Pillars (ts, bar), Leroy “Stuff” Smith (vln, v), Eugene Crooke (bjo, gtr), Robert “Eppie” Jackson (bb), A.G. Godley (d), Orchestra members (v).
Richmond, Ind., March 5, 1930
9. 16349-A After You’ve Gone (Bleyer-Creamer-Layton) -vSS Ge 7161
10. 16350-A St. James Infirmary (Primrose) -vO Ge 7161
Note: This issue as Al Trent and His Orchestra.

Alphonso Trent dir. Herbert “Peanuts” Holland, Chester Clark, Harry “Sweets” Edison (t), Leo “Snub” Mosely (tb), Gus Wilson (tb,arr), James Jeter, Charles Pillars, Lee Hilliard (as), Hayes Pillars (ts, bar), Anderson Lacy (vln, v), unknown (p), Eugene Crooke (bjo, gtr), Robert “Eppie” Jackson (bb), A.G. Godley (d).
Richmond, Ind., March 24, 1933
11. 19080 Clementine (Creamer-Warren) Ch 16587
12. 19081 I Found A New Baby (Williams) – vAL Ch 16587
Note: This issue as Alphonse Trent and His Orchestra.

Zack Whyte’s Chocolate Beau Brummels

Zack Whyte (bjo) dir. Melvin “Sy” Oliver, Bubber Whyte, Henry Savage (t), Floyd Brady (tb), Earl Tribble, Ben Richardson, Clarence Paige (as), Al Sears (ts, bar), Herman Chittison (p), Montgomery Morrison (bb), William Benton (d), Orchestra members (v).
Richmond, Ind., January 22, 1929
13. 14718-A Mandy (—) (From “Shufflin’ Along”) Spt 9486

Richmond, Ind., February 11, 1929
14. 14788 Hum All Your Troubles Away (Rush-Rowell-Smith) -vO Spt 9486
Note: This issue as Eddie Walker and His Band.
Richmond, Ind., February 26, 1929
15. 14836-B? It’s Tight Like That (—)-vO Ch 15714
16. 14836? It’s Tight Like That (—)-vO Spt 9368
17. 14837? West End Blues (Oliver-Williams) Meritt 19
18. 14837-B? West End Blues (Oliver-Williams) Ch 15714
19. 14837-A? West End Blues (Oliver-Williams) Spt 9368

Note: Champion as Smoke Jackson and His Red Onions; Supertone as Eddie Walker and His Band. The takes taken from the Supertone issue are the ones most commonly encountered; these have been assigned the take shown in the ledgers as “1st-Use”. In the case of West End Blues, this conclusion is consistent with the MCA-1371 LP where -A is shown. We have assumed that the Meritt LP issue of West End is “3rd”, and that the alternate of It’s Tight Like That is “2nd”.

Zack Whyte dir. Melvin “Sy” Oliver, Bubber Whyte, Henry Savage (t), Floyd Brady (tb), Earl Tribble, Ben Richardson, Clarence Paige (as), Fred Jackson (ts), Herman Chittison (p, cel), Charlie Anderson (bjo), Montgomery Morrison (bb), William Benton (d,vib).
Richmond, Ind., December 19, 1929
20. 16005-A Good Feelin’ Blues (Bonlanger-DeCimber) Ge 7086
21. 16006 Wailin’ Blues (Lewis-Melrose-DeCimber) Ge 7086

Red Perkins and His Dixie Ramblers
Frank “Red” Perkins (t,as,ss,v) dir. Joe Drake (t,cl,ts,arr), Andre C. Oglesby (tb), Jesse Simmons (cl,as,ts), Howard Fields (p), Charles “Goodie” Watkins (bjo, gtr), Eugene Freels (t, bb), Harry Rooks (d-x), trio (v).

Richmond, Ind., May 5, 1931
22. 17727-A Hard Times Stomp (Perkins) Ch 40044
23. 17728-A My Baby Knows How (Davis-Akst-Richman) -vFP Ch 16661

Richmond, Ind., May 6, 1931
24. 17729-A Old Man Blues (Paul, Ellington, Mills) – v3 Ch 40044
25. 17730 Minor Blues (Perkins) Ch 16288