AB Fable is a label dedicated to the arcane world of jazz violin, which has for some years been producing rare and previously unavailable recordings, mostly of swing-era masters. One might say that Stuff Smith was the star attraction of the label. Only a handful of soloists could equal Smith when it came to hard swinging, and he proves it repeatedly on The Naughty Waltz. This collection contains some music that’s interesting mostly for historical reasons but much more that’s outright exciting-and the sound quality of these old broadcasts is generally quite good. Featured artists include Ben Webster, Herman Autrey, Jonah Jones and Teddy Wilson. Guitar fans should note that the excellent Al Casey solos are his earliest on record, actually predating the time when Casey told Stanley Dance he began playing leads.
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