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In Tune -- by Bill Fuller
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In Tune               February 2008

There are still a fair number of jazz recording labels out there but most of them
are small operations compared to the “old” days of Columbia, Victor, Vocalion,
Brunswick, Decca, Capitol, and so on. The current pantheon includes less
gargantuan producers such as Storyville, Delmark, Jazzology, GHB, Arbors – and
Stomp Off!
Stomp Off Records was the brain-child of Pennsylvanian Bob Erdos who launched
it in 1980 with funds from his previous career with Danskin, a manufacturer of
dancing apparel. His philosophy was to keep alive the early tunes of  jazz and to
do this with high quality recordings of contemporary performers of early
traditional jazz and ragtime from all over the world. There are hundreds of
releases on the Stomp Off label and the tunes on the vast majority of them
demonstrate Mr. Erdos’ penchant for preserving tunes of the genre that might
otherwise fade into oblivion; in other words, obscure stuff – such as:
CAMPBELL CAKEWALK – by ragtimer Brun Campbell, a protégé of Scott Joplin’
s, who, after giving up the piano, became a barber. It can be found on Stomp Off’s
“American Sampler Rag” performed by The Elite Syncopators.
FUNNY FEATHERS – by vocalist Victoria Spivey who recorded it, for Victor, in
1929, backed by the horn of Louis Armstrong. It can be found on Stomp Off’s
“Railroad Man” performed by Ted Des Plantes’ Washboard Wizards.
LITTLE LAWRENCE – composed by Jelly Roll Morton in 1930 and recorded by
his Red  Hot Peppers for Victor. It is on Stomp Off’s “Red Hot Band” by The Back
Bay Ramblers.
BEDELIA – written in 1903 by William Jerome and Jean Schwartz. It’s on Stomp
Off’s “Barbary Coast Favorites” performed by the Lu Watters-style group called
The Yerba Buena Stompers.
THIS IS THE MISSUS – written for George White’s “Scandals of 1931” by Lew
Brown and Ray Henderson. It was later recorded by Rudy Vallee and His
Connecticut Yankees. It is performed by Ernie Carson and The Castle Jazz Band
on Stomp Off’s “Where Am I Gonna Live?”
VINE STREET DRAG – 1929, by Andrew J. Brown and recorded by The
Missourians for Victor in that year. It can be found on Stomp Off’s  “Quality
Shout” by Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks.
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