An all-vinylelements‘ edition that starts off slowly with a few solo piano numbers, then branches out into trios, quartets, big bands and a few Dixieland ditties to close out the mix. The 3 live numbers (Goodman, Hamp, & Satchmo) are spliced together to sound as if the same crowd.

This was two-thirds ripped using albums from my father’s old collection (kept in protective V.R.P. sleeves all these years – the Ellington album purchased in 1953!), as well as a few off my own shelf.  But it’s all LP (wink: stereophonic!) from the first tink of the piano to the abrupt ending of `South’.

The Hampton track alone is worth the download, and the Louis Armstrong number will make you smile…never mind the nostalgic snap, crackle & pop. Ah, vinyl!

01 Thelonious Monk – Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea
02 Kirk Lightsey – Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum
03 Dexter Gordon – Ruby My Dear
04 Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy – Think
05 Count Basie – The Second Time Around
06 Miles Davis – Round Midnight
07 Earl Hines Trio – The Girl From Ipanema
08 The Benny Goodman Quartet – Memories of You
09 Lionel Hampton – Lady Be Good
10 Louis Armstrong – The Faithful Hussar
11 Harry James – Sweet Georgia Brown
12 Duke Ellington – Take the A Train
13 Wynton Marsalis – Knozz Moe-King
14 Sphere – Flight Path
15 Phil Napoleon & his Memphis Five – Limehouse Blues
16 Al Hirt – South


Phil Napoleon