Back in 1940, Keynote Recordings Inc. was a new, small and independent New York company with offices at 522 Fifth Ave., recently founded by Eric Bernay, the owner of a midtown Manhattan record store called The Music Room. Bernay was musically openminded and, looking for a place in the increasingly convulsed American record industry, he launched a catalog of varied music and performers.
The nature of Keynotes early releases stopped them reaching a broader market, but at the end of 1943 he took a decision that, for a while, helped move his business in the right direction: Keynote turned to jazz and for the following three and a half years built up a large 78 rpm record catalog of 10 and 12-inch albums which contributed greatly to documenting the jazz history of forties America.
Responsible for this impressive venture was an unlikely figure; a Javanese fan called Harry Lim. During this relatively short period he used his deep knowledge and great contacts to record some of the most celebrated jazz soloists and outstanding newcomers on the New York, Chicago and Los Angeles jazz scenesdiscs that rapidly became collectors items. This box set is a homage to Harry Lim, who made Keynote the legendary jazz label it is today.
The Keynote Jazz Collection Vol. 2, 1944
01 – Cozy Cole All Stars: Blue Moon
02 – Cozy Cole All Stars: Father Co-Operates
03 – Cozy Cole All Stars: Just One More Chance
04 – Cozy Cole All Stars: Thru’ For The Night
05 – Kansas City Seven: After Theatre Jump
06 – Kansas City Seven: Six Cats And A Prince
07 – Kansas City Five: Lester Leaps In
08 – Kansas City Seven: Destination K.C.
09 – Charlie Shavers Quintet featuring Earl Hines: Mountain Air
10 – Charlie Shavers Quintet featuring Earl Hines: Curry In A Hurry
11 – Charlie Shavers Quintet featuring Earl Hines: Stardust
12 – Charlie Shavers Quintet featuring Earl Hines: Rosetta
13 – Coleman Hawkins and His Sax Ensemble: On The Sunny Side Of The Street
14 – Coleman Hawkins and His Sax Ensemble: Three Little Words
15 – Coleman Hawkins and His Sax Ensemble: Battle Of The Saxes
16 – Coleman Hawkins and His Sax Ensemble: Louise