128

Dick Wellstood & Cliff Jackson: Uptown and Lowdown

David Rickert By

Sign in to view read count
Dick Wellstood & Cliff Jackson: Uptown and Lowdown Both Dick Wellstood and Cliff Jackson favor a style of jazz that today is seldom marketable-the pre-war stylings of Fats Waller and James P. Johnson. Occasionally this time of music becomes fashionable again, but frequently while being labeled traditionalists these artists assume the noble task of preserving jazz’s early years at the expense of wide acclaim. For these sessions, recorded at a time when Bird and Miles were the people’s choice, both artists wisely recruit veterans to assist them. Wellstood uses Autry and Sedric from the old Waller band (hence the name “Wallerites”) while Jackson utilizes Powell, Allen and Snowden, who at various times blew with Cab Calloway, Teddy Wilson, and other luminaries. Wellstood favors the style of the early Harlem jump bands, which is featured in the quintet recordings, but things really pick up when he is accompanied solely by Benford is skating through a mix of Waller and Johnson tunes with a few earnest originals. Jackson prefers to dip back even farther in time, using banjo, clarinet, and washboard accompaniment to recreate a style of jazz not heard much since the twenties. How these records compare to the originals is largely a matter of taste, but without the crackle and hiss of the dawn of the recording process the music ultimately is presented well, fitting in comfortably with the real thing.


Track Listing: Yacht Club Swing, Brush Lightly, Blook's Dues, Old Fashioned Love, Mule Walk, Closed Mouth Blues, The Shout, Toddlin' Home, Alligator Crawl, Oh Baby, Watcha Doing To Me, Liza, The Shiek of Araby, I Found a New Baby, Wolverine Blues, Blues in Englewood Cliffs.

Personnel: On #1-3: Dick Wellstood-piano, Herman Autry-trumpet, Gene Sedric-clarinet, tenor sax, Milt Hinton-bass, Zutty Singleton-drums. On #4-11: Dick Wellstood-piano, Tommy Benford-drums. On #12-15: Cliff Jackson-piano, Ed Allen-trumpet, Rudy Powell-clarinet, Elmer Snowden-banjo, Abe Bolar-bass, Floyd Casey-washboard, kazoo.

Year Released: 1961 | Record Label: Fantasy Jazz | Style: Dixieland/New Orleans/Swing


Shop

More Articles

Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "December Songs" CD/LP/Track Review December Songs
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 5, 2016
Read "The Hidden Notes - Spirit Of Adventure" CD/LP/Track Review The Hidden Notes - Spirit Of Adventure
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 18, 2017
Read "Once Upon a Time Right Now" CD/LP/Track Review Once Upon a Time Right Now
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: July 29, 2016
Read "A Result of the Colors" CD/LP/Track Review A Result of the Colors
by Tyran Grillo
Published: June 8, 2016
Read "Live 1978 at The Old Waldorf" CD/LP/Track Review Live 1978 at The Old Waldorf
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 5, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!