Andy Kirk & The 12 Clouds of Joy

Andy Kirk & The 12 Clouds Of Joy


Amidst the day's heavy hitters -- Ellington, Basie, and Goodman -- Andy Kirk's band made a name for themselves with some of the tightest swing of the '30s. Their prime stretch came in the latter half of the decade, as pianist and arranger Mary Lou Williams became a dominant force in the group. This fine ASV overview tells part of the story with 22 of the group's best cuts. And while highlights like "Until the Real Thing Comes Along" and "The Lady Who Swings the Band" are omitted, the disc makes up for it with the solid likes of "Mary's Idea," "Floyd's Guitar Blues," and an excellent cover of Bennie Moten's "Moten Swing." Plus, there's plenty of fine soloing by alto saxophonist John Williams, trumpeter Harry Lawson, tenor saxophonist Don Byas, and, of course, Williams herself. Unfortunately, there are none of Pha Terrell's infectious vocal cuts or Dick Wilson's tenor vehicles here. For those sides and more from the Kirk band's prime, check out Classics' many chronological discs. ~ Stephen Cook, Rovi

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  • Label: ASV/Living Era
  • UPC: 743625510829
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Track listings

  • 1. Mess A Stomp
  • 2. Corky Stomp
  • 3. Froggy Bottom
  • 4. Loose Ankles (Featuring Billy Massey)
  • 5. Gettin' Off A Mess
  • 6. Walkin' And Swingin'
  • 7. Moten Swing
  • 8. Lotta Sax Appeal
  • 9. Bear Cat Shuffle
  • 10. Steppin' Pretty
  • 11. Puddin' Head Serenade
  • 12. Wednesday Night Hop
  • 13. In The Groove
  • 14. Mellow Bit Of Rhythm, A
  • 15. Twinklin'
  • 16. Little Joe From Chicago
  • 17. Toadie Toddle
  • 18. Jump Jack Jump
  • 19. Dunkin' A Doughnut
  • 20. Mary's Idea
  • 21. Close To Five
  • 22. Floyd's Guitar Blues
  • 23. Margie
  • 24. Big Jim Blues
  • 25. Wham (Re Bop Boom Bam!) (Featuring June Richmond)
 
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Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
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  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
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