August 2014

The Capitol Records Children’s Series, 1944 to 1956: The Complete Discography

Capitol-Records-Children's-Series-300Jack Mirtle’s discography is especially helpful to collectors as a way to discover potential new acquisitions and find information about records already in their collections.

Organized chronologically by recording session date, each entry provides recording session format, date of recording, studio, location, studio time, session number, producer, artist’s name and credits, artist’s album title and credits, personnel, master number, track duration, track title, catalog numbers, known radio transcriptions, additional credits, and call numbers for associated scores available in the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University (to which Capitol Records donated their archives of music manuscripts in 1967).

Abraham Myler, research assistant.

Historical Dictionary of Jazz

jazz dictionaryThis installment in The Scarecrow Press’ Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts series includes information about Jazz from 1881 through 2011. Entries include Jazz terms, artists, groups, styles, recording labels, and more. It is arranged alphabetically and includes a bibliography and a chronology of major events.

Most entries are one paragraph long, with very few entries (“Armstrong, Louis” being one of them) covering more than a page. Written in an easy to read and engaging style, this volume can serve as informative recreational reading as well as for incidental reference use.

Abraham Myler, research assistant

The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland

Ireland EncyclopaediaThis two-volume boxed set, published by University College Dublin Press, contains entries that pertain to “Irish musical life across recorded history,“ including all musical genres. Two thousand individual entries cover works, performers, composers, teachers, collectors, scholars, ensembles, societies, and institutions.

Each volume has eight color plates, which contain the only images in the encyclopedia. Volume two houses a sixty-five page integrated index, including subjects that contain their own entries and those that are only mentioned in other entries. The Encyclopedia represents the work of two hundred thirty-nine contributors and is edited by Harry White and Barra Boydell.

Abraham Myler, research assistant

Pepper Adams’ Joy Road: An Annotated Discography

pepper adamsGary Carner’s Pepper Adams’ Joy Road includes annotations with detailed biographical information and can, among many other things, serve as a collector’s guide to Adams’ recordings or as a source of information for research about this iconic American jazz baritone saxophonist and composer. The author’s interviews with Pepper Adam’s associates imbue the annotations with a wealth of previously unpublished information.

This discography covers professional and non-professional recordings involving Pepper Adams from 1947 to 1986, both issued and non-issued. Carner includes audience tapes, film, videotapes, TV and radio broadcasts, private recordings, overdubs, 78s, 45s, 16rpms, EPs, LPs, 45rpm LPs, and CDs. He excludes issues on 8-track or cassette tape.

The discography is divided into five chapters by career period. All entries are in chronological order of recording session date and time. Each entry includes group leader or ensemble name, album name, author-assigned alphanumeric code derived from the session’s recording date, recording date, location, personnel (with instrumentation), titles recorded, title’s original issue with label information and record company matrix numbers, titles with Adams solos, annotation with known reissues and supporting historical data derived mostly from the author’s interviews with Adams’ associates. There are two appendices. The first lists sessions in which Adams served as leader or co-leader, and the second lists broadcasts and recordings that no longer survive. Carner also provides a bibliography, a filmography, and an integrated index.

Published by the Scarecrow Press, this book won the ARSC award for best jazz discography in 2013.

Abraham Myler, research assistant