[78-L] Discograpy/ies WAS: [no subject]

Steven C. Barr stevenc at interlinks.net
Thu Apr 22 20:59:49 PDT 2010

From: "Geoffrey Wheeler" <dialjazz at verizon.net>
> Mike Biel asks: “My pal Pekka Gronow in an essay "Recycling History"
> http://images.cch.kcl.ac.uk/charm/liv/redist/pdf/s6gronow.pdf
> illustrates a booklet "The Parlophone Rhythem-Style Series" compiled by
> Edgar Jackson.  Is that the one you mean?
> I can’t seem to access the source you mention, but yes, there are five
> Parlophone Rhythm Style booklets by the Gramophone’s Edgar Jackson ( I
> have four, beginning with the first edition from 1936), and the HMV
> “Swing Music and Hot Rhythm Records,” also by Edgar Jackson. I have
> only the 1944 edition. The updated editions were issued roughly every
> two years. These are well organized, present a good deal of information
> on instrumentation and personnels that was new for the time. I obtained
> all my copies from England via e-bay. In several instances, I was the
> only bidder. I see these as part of the discographic continuum
> beginning with Schleman, then Delaunay, The Jazz Record Book; the“
> little” jazz magazines like HRS Rag, Jazz Information, and Jazz Record;
> Blackstone’s Index to Jazz (the first volume comes with two different
> covers), and so on.
And then Brian Rust appeared (He's still with us...so far...) and 
took a great leap forward! It is well to remember that all the early
discographers were only concerned with jazz (and that term was with
respect to their own individual definitions...?!)!

Note also that Steve Abrams has assembled virtually complete lists
for most major labels (generally through 1942, since most items were
sourced from existing discographies...?!) which Ty S. "HTML-ized" and
placed on a web site!

Finally, there still exist a number of "never-discographized" artists...
like Henry Burr and his ilk. Someone might try and assemble a work
listing all of these performers...?!

Steven C. Barr 

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