Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Chicago Swingers

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Chicago Swingers

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Chicago Swingers By Christopher Hillman and Roy Middleton with Michel Chaigne 105pp, pb, 2010. Cygnet Productions, PO Box 4, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 9YP, UK. £12 inc. P&P to UK and EU; £2.50 elsewhere.

Our member, the indefatigable Chris Hillman, has been at it again! Together with Roy Middleton they have produced yet another in his series of research volumes, this one being a sequel to New Orleans Trumpet in Chicago, reviewed in the Journal for December, 2010.

The book is sub-titled Alfred Bell (Mr Sheiks), Arnett Nelson, Bill Owsley, "Mr Walls", Buster Bennett, "Black Bob" Hudson, Big Bill Broonzy, Tampa Red, Washboard Sam and Others". The format is the same - many photographs and label illustrations, a Foreword, this time by Paul Swinton of Frog Records, plus a full Index and an ample list of References. The detailed discographical section is different in that it is compiled chronologically in sections devoted to sessions by various producers, such as Mayo Williams.

There are also separate discographies of Arnett Nelson, Odell Rand and Edgar Saucier, with additions and corrections to New Orleans Trumpet in Chicago. A prolific contributor to the latter is IAJRC founder member Robert Stendahl. …

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