The Crane River Jazz Band - Delta 5 (1950)

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John R.T. Davies (born John Ross Twiston Davies; 20 March 1927 – 25 May 2004) was a remastering engineer of classic jazz records. He was also a trombonist, trumpeter and alto saxophonist. In the early 1950s he was a member of the Crane River Jazz Band led by Ken Colyer which spearheaded interest in the original New Orleans jazz style. Later he even achieved chart success with the 1960s jazz revival band The Temperance Seven. One of his eccentricities, captured in old photographs, was to wear a fez.

Davies was born in Wivelsfield, Sussex. For many he was considered "the world's leading specialist in the art of sound restoration," specifically in regard to jazz and blues existing on pre-magnetic tape media such as shellac 78s. He was particularly interested in recordings from 1917 to 1940.

Davies developed numerous methods for restoring old recordings and disliked modern techniques for removing surface noise. While he appreciated attempts to 'clean up' recordings and to create new versions of old recordings for modern audiences (e.g. the stereophonic remastered recordings by Robert Parker), in general he said he preferred remasterings which "keep everything and do as little as possible" to the original recording, and thought the remastering engineer should "Add nothing, take nothing away." The presence of his name on the credit of a reissue is generally considered the mark of a quality product.

He started his own record label called "Ristic" (after his childhood nickname) in the late 1940s which produced reissued recordings from 1949 to 1972.

Davies was always generous with his time and his collection and wanted it to be available for other people to use for research and reissues after his death. The Borthwick Archive at York University have accepted the entire collection  and are housing it in ideal conditions, and making a transfer suite available so that his wish can be carried out.

Ken Colyer, Sonny Morris c / Monty Sunshine cl / John Davies tb / Ben Marshall bj / Pat Hawes p / Julian Davies sb.

Recorded on August 1, 1950.


Sidney Bechet Quartet - Esquire 10-077 (1949)

The first post from a stash of one hundred & fifty, mostly mint UK issued 78s from the estate of a jazz collector originally from Scotland.

Sidney Bechet ss / Charlie Lewis p / Pierre Michelot sb / Kenny Clarke d.

Recorded in Paris on October 14, 1949.


Memphis Minnie & Her Jug Band - Vocalion 1601 (1930)

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In 1929 she and Kansas Joe McCoy, her second husband, began to perform together. They were discovered by a talent scout of Columbia Records in front of a barber shop where they were playing for dimes. When she and McCoy went to record in New York, they were given the names Kansas Joe and Memphis Minnie by a Columbia A&R man. During the next few years she and McCoy released a series of records, performing as a duet. In February 1930 they recorded the song Bumble Bee, which they had already recorded for Columbia but which had not yet been released, for the Vocalion label. This became one of Minnie's most popular songs, and she eventually recorded five versions of it.

Minnie and McCoy continued to record for Vocalion until August 1934, when they recorded a few sessions for Decca, with their last session together being for Decca in September. They divorced in 1935. She and McCoy introduced country blues to the urban environment and became very well known.

Memphis Minnie v, g / Kansas Joe McCoy g / Jed Davenport hca / ? Hambone Lewis jug.

Recorded in Chicago on September 9, 1930.


Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra - Victor 25373 (1936)

Fletcher Henderson p, a, dir / Dick Vance, Joe Thomas t / Roy Eldridge t, v / Fernando Arbello tb / Ed Cuffee tb, v / Buster Bailey cl, as / Jerome Pasquall as / Elmer Williams, Chu Berry ts, bar / Horace Henderson p / Bob Lessey g / Israel Crosby sb / Sid Catlett d.

Recorded in Chicago on August 4, 1936.


Wynonie Harris - King 4292 (1948/1949)

Wynonie Harris v / Joe Morris t / Matthew Gee tb / Freddie Douglas, Johnny Griffin ts / William McLemore bar / Elmo Hope p / Gene Ramey sb / Kelly Martin d.

Recorded in Linden, NJ on April 13, 1949.


Wynonie Harris v / William 'Cat' Anderson t / Frank 'Floorshow' Culley as / Hal Singer ts / Elmer Alexander bar / Albert 'Birdie' Wallace p / Jimmy Butts sb / Connie Kay d.

Recorded in Linden, NJ on December 19, 1948.