Following his highly acclaimed box set Minstrel to Mojo: An Audio History of American Popular Song, 1893-1946, saxophonist, audio engineer and historian Allen Lowe recently released the first volume in a new anthology covering jazz and its eclectic roots.
Titled That Devilin’ Tune: A Jazz History, the survey’s first volume is a nine-CD set covering early and pre-jazz music from 1895 to 1927. Digitally restored and including a copiously researched 95-page booklet, this leading installment features recordings by W.C. Handy, Jelly Roll Morton (pictured), King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke and a host of other Dixieland and pre-swing staples. In addition to those classic artists, this exhaustive collection covers turn-of-the-century orchestras, society dance bands, regiment bands, jug bands, novelty jazz acts and other forgotten yet fascinating relics.