The Rough Guide to Classic Jazz

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The Rough Guide to Classic Jazz
Compilation album by Various artists
Released 24 June 1997
Genre Jazz
Length 71:36
Label World Music Network
Full series chronology
The Rough Guide to the Music of North Africa
(1997)The Rough Guide to the Music of North Africa1997
The Rough Guide to Classic Jazz
Best of Latin America
(1997)Best of Latin America1997
Complete list

The Rough Guide to Classic Jazz is a jazz compilation album originally released in 1997. Part of the World Music Network Rough Guides series,[1] the album covers the genre's growth from the turn of the 20th century to the 1930s, largely focusing on the "Jazz Age". The compilation was produced by Phil Stanton, co-founder of the World Music Network.[2] Curation was performed by Robert Parker, an audio engineer specializing in the period and host of the radio show Jazz Classics in Digital Stereo.[3][4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]

Keith Farley of AllMusic called it a "fine introduction".[5] Michaelangelo Matos, writing for the Chicago Reader, claimed it "buried" the contemporaneous Swing Revival and noted his surprise at the number of "obscure white groups".[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Dr Jazz" Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers 3:24
2. "Smoke-House Blues" Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers 3:26
3. "Dixie Jass Band One-Step" Original Dixieland Jazz Band 2:37
4. "Dippermouth Blues" King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band 2:26
5. "Mr. Jelly Lord" New Orleans Rhythm Kings 3:04
6. "Sugar Foot Stomp" Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra 2:48
7. "Potato Head Blues" Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven 2:55
8. "West End Blues" Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five 3:17
9. "Hear Me Talking to You" Ma Rainey with her Tub Jug Washboard Band 2:59
10. "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" Bessie Smith 2:57
11. "Shake That Jelly-Roll" J.C. Cobb & His Grains Of Corn 2:57
12. "Stomp Your Stuff" State Street Ramblers 3:11
13. "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie" Pinetop Smith 3:09
14. "Nobody's Sweetheart" McKenzie and Condon's Chicagoans 3:05
15. "Since My Girl Turned Me Down" Bix Beiderbecke & His Gang 3:03
16. "Beale Street Blues" The Charleston Chasers 2:59
17. "Imagination" Miff Mole & His Molers 2:49
18. "Makin' Friends" Eddie Condon & His Footwarmers 3:00
19. "The Minor Drag" Fats Waller & His Buddies 2:39
20. "Log Cabin Blues" Clarence Williams' Washboard Five 3:11
21. "South" Benny Moten's Kansas City Orchestra 2:33
22. "Creole Love Call" Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 3:12
23. "Hot and Anxious" Don Redman & His Orchestra 2:49
24. "New King Porter Stomp" Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra 3:06


  1. ^ Douglas H., Henkle (2012-10-23). "Rough Guide Discography / World Music Network Discography". FolkLib Index : A Library of Folk Music Links. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  2. ^ World Music Network. "About Us - The WMN Story". Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  3. ^ Discogs. "Various - The Rough Guide to the Music of Kenya and Tanzania". Zink Media, Inc. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  4. ^ Wills, Anthony (1 March 2005). "Obituaries: Robert Parker". The Stage. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  5. ^ a b Farley, Keith. "The Rough Guide to Classic Jazz". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 Dec 2013. 
  6. ^ Matos, Michaelangelo (5 November 1998). "A Rough Guide to the Rough Guides". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 

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