VA – The Keynote Jazz Collection 1941-1947 [7 of 11 CD BoxSet] (2013) Fresh Sound

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. 7, 1945

01 – J.C. Heard Quintet: Why Do I Love You?
02 – J.C. Heard Quintet: All My Life
03 – J.C. Heard Quintet: Groovin’ With J.C.
04 – J.C. Heard Quintet: What’s the Use?
05 – Jonah Jones and His Orchestra: Poor John
06 – Jonah Jones and His Orchestra: Trumpet Interlude
07 – Jonah Jones and His Orchestra: Little Sir Echo
08 – Jonah Jones and His Orchestra: Exactly Like You
09 – Irving Fazola’s Dixielanders: Someday Sweetheart
10 – Irving Fazola’s Dixielanders: Isle Of Capri
11 – Irving Fazola’s Dixielanders: When Your Lover Has Gone
12 – Irving Fazola’s Dixielanders: With You, Anywhere You Are
13 – Irving Fazola’s Dixielanders: Sweet Lorraine
14 – Irving Fazola’s Dixielanders: Mostly Faz
15 – Irving Fazola’s Dixielanders: Clarinet Marmalade
16 – Irving Fazola’s Dixielanders: Jazz Me Blues
17 – Bud Freeman and His Orchestra: Town Hall Blues
18 – Chubby Jackson’s Rhythm: Head Quarters
19 – Chubby Jackson’s Rhythm: Head Hunters
20 – Chubby Jackson’s Rhythm: Sam’s Caravan
21 – Chubby Jackson’s Rhythm: Two Heads Are Better Than One
22 – Bud Freeman’s All Star Orchestra: Tea For Two
23 – Bud Freeman’s All Star Orchestra: Honeysuckle Rose
24 – Bud Freeman’s All Star Orchestra: Room With A View


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