JAMES P. JOHNSON’S “BLUE MIZZ,” PLUS VIC DICKENSON

I’ve loved the 1943-44 recordings by the Blue Note Jazzmen since I first heard them in the early Seventies.  Here’s James P. Johnson’s pensive yet dramatic composition, BLUE MIZZ, from 1944 — with the personnel listed on the label.  I’ve kept this link even though the disc has serious skips:

Thanks to friend and swing star Michael Gamble, here’s a link that doesn’t skip:

And here’s a holy relic just spotted a few minutes ago on eBay.  The seller (link      here) is asking slightly more than eighty-five dollars for the disc, which is not within my budget at the moment (is it too boastful to say that I have two Vic autographs, one that he signed for me?) . . . but I thought you would like to see the combination of sound, object, and the touch of a hero’s hand:

Bless the artists who made these sounds, and let us not forget a single one.

May your happiness increase!

A postscript: I created this posting about ninety minutes ago: someone bought the record described above, which makes me feel quite good . . . Vic devotees are reading JAZZ LIVES!  Also — the race IS to the swift.  Twenty-four hours later, I realized that the disc might have been bought by someone who’s never read this blog — but the illusion of my connecting the cosmic dots is one I will hang on to a little longer.

5 responses to “JAMES P. JOHNSON’S “BLUE MIZZ,” PLUS VIC DICKENSON

  1. One of the best sessions of all time. Victory Stride is fabulous, too. Such lovely playing by everyone.

  2. Agreed, tyleman, wonderful sides they are.

    The Mosaic James P Johnson set is also of great value (if still available)

  3. The lp set has been out of print for a long time but much of the music is available on CD still, and the “vinyl” sets proliferate on eBay at sometimes reasonable prices.

  4. The one I was referring to…
    “Classic James P. Johnson Sessions”
    …is fairly recently out-of-print and I am glad I have it!

  5. Yes, that one is the fulfillment of a collector’s dream!

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