Norfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet - Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3 (1925-1927)

Norfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet - Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3 (1925-1927)
Release Date:
November 21, 1995
Album:
Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3 (1925-1927)
Recording Date:
1925 - 1927
Genre:
Duration:
01:08:07

Now recognized as a major influence upon the Golden Gate Quartet and the Soul Stirrers, the group billed both as the Norfolk Jazz Quartet and the Norfolk Jubilee Quartet made large numbers of 78 rpm records over a span of two decades. Volume three in their complete works as reissued by Document presents 24 sides cut for the Paramount label, beginning with two selections recorded in March 1925 and closing with seven titles dating from February 1927.

This was the beginning of their most intensely religious period, as is evidenced by a ratio of 22 sacred songs to one solitary pair of secular rhythm tunes. While "Down by the Riverside" and the old "Let the Church Roll On" are inspired examples of spiritually infused collective ritual, it is hard not to focus upon "Queen Street Rag" and "Louisiana Bo Bo", during which the group delivers spectacular performances that dazzle and amaze, as the voices perfectly emulate the pneumatic polyphony of a real live jazz band. "Louisiana Bo Bo" was very popular in the late ‘20s and was recorded by Curtis Mosby, the Georgia Cotton Pickers, B.A. Rolfe, and Lew Weiner's Gold and Black Aces. A "Bo Bo" was a type of dance, and Fats Waller wrote a hot tune called "Georgia Bo Bo" which was recorded by Lil Armstrong's Hot Shots in 1928.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Somebody's Always Talking About MeNorfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet2:41
Sit Down, Sit Down, I Can't Sit DownNorfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet2:43
Pharaoh's Army Got DrownedNorfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet2:50
Great JehovahNorfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet2:43
I'm Gonna Do All I Can for My LordNorfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet2:52
I'm Gonna Do All I Can for My LordNorfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet2:47
Jesus Lay Your Head in the WindowNorfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet2:55
Jesus Lay Your Head in the WindowNorfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet2:50
Revival DayNorfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet3:06
Do You Want to Be a Lover of the Lord / TraditionalNorfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet2:51
See the Sign of JudgementNorfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet2:33
Oh the Shoes That My Lord Gave MeNorfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet2:55
I Want to Cross Over to See My LordNorfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet2:41
If Anybody Asks You Who I AmNorfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet2:46
Let the Church Roll OnNorfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet2:49
Queen St. RagNorfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet3:02
Louisiana Bo BoNorfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet2:52
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot / TraditionalNorfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet2:52
Down by the RiversideNorfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet3:07
I'm Nearer My HomeNorfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet2:32
Daniel in the Lion's DenNorfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet2:57
The Old Account Was Settled Long AgoNorfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet2:50
I Will Guide TheeNorfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet3:01
Shepard Where Is Your Little LambNorfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet2:52