Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

Document Records
Montana Taylor 1929 - 1946 and the complete

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Bertha 'Chippie' Hill
Montana Taylor
J H 'Mr. Freddie' Shayne
The Jazoo Boys


Montana Taylor
01 - Whoop and holler stomp
02 - Hayride stomp
03 - Indiana Avenue stomp
04 - Detroit rocks

Bertha 'Chippie' Hill
05 - Worried jailhouse blues
06 - Black market blues

Montana Taylor
07 - Low down bugle
08 - Mistreatin` Mr. Dupree
09 - Sweet Sue
10 - In the bottom
11 - Rotten break blues
12 - I can`t sleep
13 - `fo day blues
14 - Indiana Avenue stomp
15 - Montana`s blues
16 - Five o`clocks (broadcast)
17 - I can`t sleep (broadcast)

"Freddie" Shayne
18 - Original Mr. Freddie blues
19 - Lonesome man blues
20 - Mr. Freddy`s rag
21 - Charleston blues
22 - How long blues
23 - Chestnut Street boogie

Montana Taylor 1929 – 1946 and the complete “Freddie” Shayne 1935-1946

Montana Taylor, vocal, piano.
Bertha “Chippie” Hill, vocal.
Harry “Freddie” Shayne, vocal, piano.
With contributions by: Almond Leonard, washboard, kazoo; Baby Dodds, drums; Lee Collins, trumpet, John Lindsay, stand-up bass.

Informative booklet notes by Karl Gert zur Heide
Detailed discography.

Well into the '60s, Arthur "Montana" Taylor and Henry "Freddie" Shayne, two Midwestern blues cum boogie pianists whose names were familiar from some "race" records, were rumoured to be still living around Cleveland and Chicago respectively. Paul Affeldt, editor of Jazz Report and producer of the Euphonic piano LP series, tried to locate them, obviously without success. Two decades earlier, architect and author Rudi Blesh was more fortunate and recorded Taylor and Shayne for his revivalist Circle label in Chicago. Two decades before that, both musicians had cut their first sides there for the one and only Mayo Williams (who was probably responsible for Shayne's 1935 session, too) after their recording potential had been spotted in St. Louis (Shayne, 1924) and Indianapolis (Taylor, 1929), two cities with strong piano traditions.

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