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.
Three additional volumes are to be released over the next two years and will cover jazz until 1950. The series is co-produced by Archiphon and the West Hill Radio Archive and available from Music and Art Programs of America, Inc. To order the first volume, go to www.musicandarts.com/JazzNewReleases.Originally Published