This label intrigues
me. I have absolutely no idea who createdit. Is it American, or perhaps
Australian? Even British maybe. It appears to be a private pressing - the
dearth of information supports this. The names of the bands are obviously
made up for the recording - fortunately, the musician's names are listed
- and are real. There is some great jazz on the label.
The vinyl varies
also - it could be white, red (as shown) or black.
gratefuly received, February 2011.
According to Johnson
(Oxford Companion to Australian Jazz p. 213) William Henry ‘Bill’ Miller,
in addition to founding the Ampersand label, “also started the XX label,
specialising in reissues of ‘classic’ jazz.”
Hope this is helpful.
Some records in collection:
J0007 sc4 XX [USA]
GEORGIA BREAKDOWN. Cracker Jack's Corrugated Characters.
clarinet; Jimmy Blythe, piano; Jasper Taylor, percussion; and others. 1925
SOUTHBOUND RAG. Gorgeous Weed and Stinking Socks.
Johnny Dodds, clarinet;
Bind Blake, guitar; Jimmy Bertrand, xylophone. 1928
J0008 sc5 XX (Material:
C.C.PILL BLUES Gorgeous Weed.
Johnny Dodds, clarinet;
Blind Black, vocal, guitar; and others.
GALION STOMP High Fidelity's Nymphs and Satyrs.
Tommy Ladnier, trumpet;
Johnny Dodds, clarinet; Lovie Austin, piano; and others.
J0012 c4 XX (A Private
ENDURANCE STOMP. The Back Beach Pirates. Jimmy O'Bryant, alto
& clarinet; Stomp Evans, tenor; Jimmy Blythe, piano; Bill Johnson,
bass; Jimmy Bartrand, drums. Recorded December 1928.
1. (XMPV74) BROWN
SKIN MAMA. Ibid.
J042 c4+ XX
JELLY BEAN BLUES
Mama Can Can and
Orphan Will, with the Elastic Band. Louis Armstrong, trumpet. VCharlie
Green, trombone. Buster Bailey, clarinet. Lovie Austin, piano. Charlie
Dixon, banjo. Kaiser Marshall, drums, Ma Rainey (Vocal)
COUNTIN' THE BLUES. Ibid.
J0050 sc4 XX
SNAKE RAG (Papa Charlie Jackson) April 1923. Gordon Grundy's Exploding
Joe Oliver, Louis
Armstrong, cornets; Honore Dutrey, trombone; Johnny Dodds, clarinet; Lil
Armstrong, piano; Bill Johnson, banjo; Baby Dodds, drums.
FROGGIE MOORE (Spikes, Morton, Spikes). Ibid.
J0065 c3 XX
FROG-I-MORE RAG Slap Rags Lefton White
Piano by Ferdinand
Boule de Suif Morton. [Recorded] Possibly 1926
35TH. STREET BLUES ibid [Recorded) 1924
J0144 c4 XX
CAKE WALKING BABIES . Carrots Kale and Beat Roots. Louis Armstrong, Trumpet.
Charlie Irviss, trombone. Sidney Bechet, soprano sax). Lil Armstrong, piano.
BuddyChristian, banjo. Beatty and Todd, vocal.
OF ALL THE WRONGS YOU DONE TO ME. Ibid.
J0145 c4+ XX
2 (JRM). THE
PEARLS (Morton). Jelly Roll Morton.
Oiano solo. (A Private
MAXWELL STREET STOMP. The Hickville Thumpers. Punch Miller, trumpet. Jimmy
piano. Jimmy Bertrand, drums. Also possible: Jimmy O'Bryant, alto sax and
clarinet. Banjo Ikey Robinson, guitar.