Probably due to its mixed and diverse origins, jazz has always been eclectic in the material it works with, both in its range of repertoire as well as the instruments on which it is played.
During the first fifty years of jazz history, until about 1950, a relatively small family of instruments was mainly employed in jazz. The brass instruments : trumpet and trombone. The reed instruments : Saxophones and clarinet and, of course, rhythm section instruments; piano, guitar, bass and drums. Aside of these mainstream jazz instruments, individual jazzmen have expressed themselves, often brilliantly, on other instruments which are much less frequently heard in jazz. The flute, violin and organ belonged to this group of instruments, but have become of such importance that they have entered the mainstream of jazz instruments. Instruments like the oboe, mouth organ, harpsichord, French horn, bassoon, harp and mandolin have until now stayed resolutely in the â??Miscellaneous Instrumentsâ? category. The accordion most definitely belongs to this category.
"Thank you for producing such a fantastic compilation - a gem of it's kind" "Robert Howard - Accordions Worldwide).
Disc 11. Angry - Ray Miller And His Orchestra
Disc 21. Tiger Rag - Gus Viseur Et Son Orchestre
Disc 31. Swinging The Quick Rhythm - Washington Bertolin's Swing Sextet
Disc 41. Johnny Come Lately - Tito Burns And His Sextet