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Wild Bill Davison

Like a select group of other jazz instrumentalists, cornetist Wild Bill Davison had a talent that lives on long after his death. More than a decade after Davison died at the age of 83, record companies continue to reissue some of the more than 800 songs he recorded during his 70-year career. Jazz aficionados never tire of talking about some of the more memorable engagements played by the colorful Davison around the world. Davison did not come by his lifelong nickname accidentally. He was a heavy drinker beginning in his teens and was known as a womanizer. Davison went through four wives before he finally got the knack of married life, settling down to a relatively monogamous relationship with his fifth wife--and love of his life--Anne Stewart

The Danish Sessions

Label: Storyville Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: CD1: Driftin’ Down The River; Christopher Columbus; Baby Won’t You Please Come Home; Runnin’ Wild; Save It, Pretty Mama; A Cottage For Sale; China Boy; When It’s Sleepy Time Down South; Old Fashioned Love; Blues For Ann; Way Down Yonder In New Orleans; Farfar’s Blues; I’m Confessin’; Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me; I Can’t Get Started; Lady Be Good; All That Meat And No Potatoes; I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter; I Wonder Who’s Kissin’ Her Now. CD2: Sweet Georgia Brown; I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me; Just A Closer Walk With Thee; Sweet Lorraine; Georgia; But Beautiful; Someday You’ll Be Sorry; Everything Happens To Me; Memories Of You; Blue Turning Grey Over You; Exactly Like You. CD3: Improvisation For The March Of Time; If I Had You; The Sheik of Araby; When My Sugar Walks Down The Street; Avalon; Squeeze Me; Dippermouth Blues; Keeping Out Of Mischief Now; Black And Blue; Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans; I Want To Be Happy; Memphis Blues; Ole Miss. CD4: Sugar; Sweet And Lovely; Serenade In Blue; A Ghost Of A Chance; Our Love Is Here To Stay; Prelude To A Kiss; She’s Funny That Way; Black Butterfly; If I Had You; Rockin’ Chair; Mandy Make Up Your Mind; When Your Lover Has Gone; Sentimental Journey. DVD: Royal Garden Blues; Blue And Brokenhearted; Big Ben Blues; Stealin’ Apples; Little Ben Blues; Muskrat Ramble.

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Wild Bill Davison: The Danish Sessions

Read "The Danish Sessions" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Wild Bill Davison was aptly described by Humphrey Lyttelton as the kind of drunken reveller who throws his arms around your neck one moment and tries to knock you down the next. Aside from his drinking, Wild Bill was, more importantly, a white Dixieland cornet player of considerable ability, with a fierce, uninhibited attack, whose heroes ...

ARTICLE: GETTING INTO JAZZ

The Commodore Master Takes

Read "The Commodore Master Takes" reviewed by Mark Barnett

Getting Started If you're new to jazz, go to our Getting Into Jazz primer for some hints on how to listen. CD Capsule Take a generous scoop of traditional New Orleans jazz, with its intricate three-horn counterpoint, add a hard-driving, hell-for-leather beat, shake well, and you've got Chicago-style jazz. No ...

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Why The Cornet? (Revisited And Revised With Video)

Why The Cornet? (Revisited And Revised With Video)

Because of circumstances too complicated and mundane to relate, there will be no Monday Recommendation today. Stuff happens. Maybe there will be a Tuesday Recommendation tomorrow. In the meantime, here is a Rifftides post that appeared nearly ten years ago. Possibly you had forgotten about it. The staff has removed outdated links and added video that ...

The Jazz Giants

Label: Delmark Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Struttin' With Some Barbecue; Dardanella; Black and Blue; I Would Do Anything for You; I Found a New Baby; Blue Again; I Surrender Dear; Yesterdays; Them There Eyes; Three Little Words; Black and Bliue [alternate take].

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Wild Bill Davison: The Jazz Giants

Read "The Jazz Giants" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Cornetist Wild Bill Davison had a fiery, extroverted approach to playing that originated in the 1920s Chicago and mirrored his hard living. By 1968, when he recorded The Jazz Giants for the Canadian label Sackville, he had mellowed and his tone had become more melodic. A democratic leader, Davison allows the five, underrated practitioners of “prebop ...

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Brownie Speaks At Newport! A Special Night Of Film And Music

Brownie Speaks At Newport! A Special Night Of Film And Music

Brownie Speaks at Newport: July 30, 2015, 7:30pm (Eve of the Newport Jazz Festival) at the Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center (49 Touro Street Street, Newport, Rhode Island 02840). Free and open to the public. “Now it’s our pleasure to present a young man who has astounded the jazz world with his amazing talent in ...

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Last Call Late Night Jam This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

Last Call Late Night Jam This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

Often at late night jam sessions, when the bartender is about to give “last call," the best jazz of the evening can be heard and savored. Those who stick around get rewarded with some of the hardest swinging, most creative music there is. It was on a night like this, at the end of the Sacramento ...

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A Night at Nick's This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

A Night at Nick's This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

We invited Riverwalk Jazz listeners to share their memories of Nick's in the Village, and the phones began to ring off the hook. We heard from one man who had gotten engaged at the bar, one who was an Olympic athlete, and several who were musicians who had played at Nick's. These listeners, and others, contribute ...


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