Manhattan Masters


When Storyville first reissued the Manhattan label material on two LP's, technology had not yet advanced to the point where it would be possible to present all eighteen titles on a single pressing and still retain the full spectrum of sound. Happily though, the entire output is now available in one complete chronologically sequenced package and with much better fidelity than ever was dreamed of in those pre-digital days. Muggsy Spanier was an ideal lead man in a small ensemble punching out his phrases on the beat and stating the melody line firmly. His solos were based on melodic variation and always coherent and virile, his mastery of the plunger mute being particular impressive. Above all he was an uncompromising musician, remaining true to his own concept of jazz to the end of his life.

Muggsy Spanier, Pee Wee Russell, Miff Mole, Lou McGarrity and others.

Tin Roof Blues
Muskrat Ramble
Original Dixieland One Step
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
Three Little Words
Livery Stable Blues
I’m Sorry I Made You Cry
Miff’s Blues
Bugle Call Rag
That’s A Plenty
Feather Brain Blues
You’re Lucky To Me
I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll
Clarinet Marmalade
Mama’s In The Groove
My Honey’s Lovin’ Arms
Fidgety Feet

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