ghost of miles

Ode to the Hep label

159 posts in this topic

I've been going on a 30's/40's kick lately (again--seems to strike me every year or so), and I thank the re-issue deities for Scotland's Hep label. Recently picked up Bunny Berigan's GANGBUSTERS and have a lot more in my sights. Over the years I've bought the random stray title from Hep (like their collection of Teddy Wilson's 1939-40 big band sides), but I think it was deciding to opt for their Benny Goodman titles that really made me realize what a wonderful catalogue they're offering. I mean, they even put out compilations of people like Teddy Powell... bandleaders whom I can't imagine turning up on re-issues anywhere else, at least anytime soon:

Hep

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As you know, I'm a fan of the Hep label. They have great cds out there, reissuing in excellent sound material that is not available readily elsewhere.

Their Slim Gaillard series is excellent---I have one more to find. And I bought the Benny Goodman "Plays" series of cds based on arrangers and play these often; I think it is a great way to present this material, and they sound great. Their Teddy Wilson series is excellent as well, reissuing the material without Holiday that doesn't see the laserlight in America for the most part.

And there are many more. I just realized there are a few more of the Thornhill series I need to get when I have some more cash. . . .

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Their Teddy Wilson series is excellent as well, reissuing the material without Holiday that doesn't see the laserlight in America for the most part.

And there are many more. I just realized there are a few more of the Thornhill series I need to get when I have some more cash. . . .

Yeah, I'm still on the fence about the Wilson CDs... I'd love to have the non-Holiday stuff, but there's so much overlap with the Holiday Columbia set--except for V. 7, which I already have, and V. 2, which I probably will order as well.

I have both Jazz Factory Thornhills (purchased before I saw the light) and will probably ditch 'em for all of the Heps. I'm getting really addicted to this series!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'd suggest NOT passing up those Hep Wilsons if you find them. I have the lot, and they are outstanding. There is some overlap but it's great to have the other tunes, in GOOD sound - and that's where I find Hep outstrips a lot of the other labels putting out material from this era, including the French Classics series, which is really inexcusably uneven in the sound quality category in my opinion.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have all the Hep Red Norvos and have to agree. The sound is excellent- I think John R.T. Davies did them, which is usually a sign of quality. There is a lot of overlap with the Mosaic Mildred Bailey box, but that's always the way...

Edited by mary mcgoon

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hep's "Band Box Shuffle" by Bennie Moten (2CD ) is in excellent sound. They also do some good new recordings by people such as Herb Geller and Jessica Williams

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

2 Heps I keep returning to are from the Metronome series:

"They All Had Rhythm-45-46" - w/Benny Carter, Jimmy Mundy & Gerald Wilson Bands

and

"Groovin' High in L.A. 46" - w/ Benny Carter. Wilbert Baranco, Gerald Wilson & Jimmy Mundy Bands

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not to forget the Hep vinyl either. The Howard McGhee 'Cookin' Time' is really excellent. Stellar big band recording from the mid-60s, from a time when McGhee was just coming back into prominence and somehow managing to rehearse a big band which included some of the best NYC musicians of this era. Fine solo work included not only from Howard (whio is really on form) but also from Clifford Jordan, in particular featured on his own arrangement of 'Highest Mountain'. Recommended !

:rsmile:

Edited by sidewinder

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

2 Heps I keep returning to are from the Metronome series:

"They All Had Rhythm-45-46" - w/Benny Carter, Jimmy Mundy & Gerald Wilson Bands

and

"Groovin' High in L.A. 46" - w/ Benny Carter. Wilbert Baranco, Gerald Wilson & Jimmy Mundy Bands

These are on my Hep want list, WL (which totals 25+ so far). Are they all live performances? I'm wondering if there's any overlap with the '45 Carter band sides that appear on the Capitol Sessions Mosaic set.

I picked up the Moten set used a year ago and love it. Man, I'm just so into this label right now!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

These are on my Hep want list, WL (which totals 25+ so far). Are they all live performances? I'm wondering if there's any overlap with the '45 Carter band sides that appear on the Capitol Sessions Mosaic set.

GoM,

All the performances are AFRS "Jubilee" recordings. I don't believe that there is an overlap with the Capitol sides.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Another Hep fan here. Especially like Michael Hasim's Put a Song in Your Heart and Jay Clayton's The Jazz Alley Tapes. Plus, from the Jubilee series, don't miss Count Basie's Jubilee Alternatives 1943-44.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bit on a couple of used Artie Shaw Heps that I found online--EVENSONG (the early-40's band w/strings) and 1944-45, a 3-CD that collects just about all of that edition's studio recordings. There's some slight overlap with SELF-PORTRAIT, esp. on EVENSONG, but I love nearly all of Shaw's bands and am eager to hear the extra material that's not on the BMG set. BENNY GOODMAN PLAYS FLETCHER HENDERSON and Roy Eldridge's HECKLER'S HOP are on the way, too, so I'm hoping for a Hep a day in the mail this week.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Listened to the HEP Slims I have again recently (and the Proper box of Slim's for a review at AAJ) and I'm just bowled over again by Slim and his artistry, and the great label that is HEP.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I discovered this wonderful label (and Frog, and Oracle, and Timeless and...) thanks to Lon and other AAJ posters... they´ll be damned till the end of times... once you start with one, you can never stop picking more and more! ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Damned? So now I have you to thank for those evil spirits whispering in my ear!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Despite looking hither and yon, I could not turn up a copy of Benny Carter's Groovin' High in LA. That led me to Hep itself, where I had an enjoyable correspondence with Alastair Robertson. He tells me that that cd is OOP, but he might consider a limited pressing if there was enough interest. If anyone else is interested in this cd, drop him an email-maybe it wouldn't take that many of us to get the pressing done. His email is alarob@hepjazz.co.uk.

Edited by clandy44

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks to this thread, I just ordered a couple of things from Hep. Unfortunately, I didn't see the last post until after I ordered. I just assume they haven't removed this cd from their site. Anyway, I did email Mr. Robertson and I'll get one of the Red Norvos instead.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Man, I just see this thread now??? :wacko:

They sure have put out some great cds! :tup Some not mentioned, but worth getting someday IMO, are the 2 Dorsey brothers cds, with some of the hottest playing by the bros, plus a fair bit of Berigan, Ethel Waters, Boswell sisters, Lee Wiley, Crosby, etc (Mood Hollywood, and Harlem Lullaby) The Red Nichols "big" band of 1939/40 Wail of the Winds, is interesting....Teddy Grace , Turn on that Red Hot Heat , makes you really wish she hadn't loss the use of her vocal cords during WWll. The Harry James cd, Record Session '39-'42 has Harry at his least smaltzy, and very few vocals, really good stuff.

I have meant to start a topic on the Casa Loma Orchestra, but never have. I have several of their cds from Hep, early stuff, and much hotter than one would expect from a White band in the early 30's.

From The Metronome series, Buddy Rich "The Legendary '47 -48 Orchestra vol. 1 even has Buddy singing(not that well) with Ella! He actually was a good singer, something I only learned fairly recently! Looking at the list of Metronome series list, lots of good stuff I don't have yet!

Edit...forgot about Rhythm Spasm , by the

Mills Blue Rhythm Band! :tup:tup:tup

Edit, edit...now looking at B&N, and see I forgot this very interesting cd, and like Ghost said about Teddy Powell, who else is going to release a cd of Bob Zurke's? Honky Tonk Train Blues .

Edited by BERIGAN

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The three 1940-42 Thornhills are at the top of my birthday/Christmas list this year. There are about 15 others I've still got in my sights as well. Anybody have that SOUNDS OF HARLEM disc?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Damned? So now I have you to thank for those evil spirits whispering in my ear!

:P;):D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Collectors' Choice is having a sale on Heps this month--$12.95 apiece, $35 for 3. I just ordered 6--the Don Redman, the Earl Hines, both Joe Mooneys, the 1936-37 Artie Shaw, and Benny Carter's RHYTHM IS ALL THAT I HAVE. I couldn't get 'em to drop the shipping and handling ($5.95), but if you order $100 or more you can probably talk them into it. Even w/shipping and handling it all came to $75, which is about $11.99 per disc + the equivalent of sales tax--not bad for Heps, which usually retail for $16.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There's also a new Woody Herman 2-CD Hep out--ROAD BAND 1948 V. 1 AND 2, which includes a number of 1948 broadcasts and a Nov. 1949 Carnegie Hall concert. I'm holding off, though, because I think I may already have a bunch of the 1948 material.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've seen a few Hep titles here and there...don't know if I own any though. Never thought of ordering from them direct. Wow, another thing to go broke on! :o;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have been a faithful follower of Hep since its inception in the 1970s. This label offers a rare combination of intelligent programming and topnotch remastering (usually done by John R.T. Davies or Ted Kendall, two of the greatest wizards of sound restoration). Though I am also a follower of the Classics label (being an inveterate completist), I have acquired all of Hep's issues over the years. My favourites are the two Chick Webbs (1023 and 1063), the Teddy Wilson big band album (1064), the two volumes of Claude Hopkins, the Earl Hines and Don Redman CDs, and the wonderful Artie Shaw and Thornhill material (The Thornhill series is actually a complete collection of the Columbia master takes from 1940-47, with one volume still to come). There is also an extraordinary four-volume retrospective of Ted Heath's first studio sessions (plus some airchecks), from 1944-51 in the Metronome Series.

The SOUNDS OF HARLEM CD includes six wonderful dates :

-The Benny Morton session from 1934 with Henry Allen, Edward Inge, Jerry Blake, Don Kirkpatrick and Manzie Johnson

-The rare Buster Bailey and His Chocolate Dandies date from 1934 with Allen, Higginbotham, Benny Carter and Walter Johnson

-Taft Jordan and His Mob (1935) with Teddy Wilson and John Kirby.

-Freddy Jenkins and His Harlem Seven (1935) : a really fine date with Albert Nicholas, Joe Turner (piano) and Adrian Rollini (drums).

-The Delta Four session from 1935 with Roy Eldridge and Joe Marsala.

-The very rare date (the only one by that band to my knowledge) by Ace Harris and His Sunset Royals (1937).

All of this is highly recommended.

Edited by FrancoisD

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Please sign in to comment

You will be able to leave a comment after signing in



Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.