Jazz Noire [Double Vinyl]

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
Release date: 11 Feb 2013


"Puts you in that South Central sepia club mood, hanging with the hipsters, staring down the squares."  4/5 MOJO

"As a soundtrack to the black-and-white movie era, this two-CD, 50-track anthology also documents a golden age of black popular music...Welcome to retro Valhalla."  5/5  LONDON EVENING STANDARD

"Reverberates like the soundtrack to a Raymond Chandler novel."  RECORD COLLECTOR



CAT No: FVDV121UPC TEXT: 5055311071213

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In response to the great popularity of the CD editions of Jazz Noire and Drink Up – Light Up!, and to meet the demands of vinyl collectors, Fantastic Voyage now releases highlights of both compilations as 2LP vinyl editions, limited to 500 copies.

Jazz Noire is your soundtrack to the mean streets of Los Angeles in the post-war 1940s. This 28-track 2LP selection from the 50-track 2CD set presents studio recordings by the era’s most famous musicians, many of whom were based in, or were habitués of the bars and theatres of The City Of Angels. For music-lovers, Jazz Noire constitutes a fascinating survey of the evolving jazz scene in a period when big band swing was losing ground to smaller jazz combos and the bebop style was developing. It was also the time when what is now known as rhythm & blues was in its infancy. Many of the finest performers of the era are showcased here on studio recordings chosen both for their quality and their ability to evoke the dramatic mood of classic film noir.

The cover and insert text of Jazz Noire have been carefully designed to pay homage to the hard-boiled, lurid detective fiction of the period, the perfect packaging for a compilation which will appeal both to L.A. Noire devotees and also to those looking for an atmospheric survey of the immediate post-war jazz and R&B scene.



  1. Harlem Nocturne (Johnny Otis, His Drums and His Orchestra)
  2. If I Ever Find You, Baby (Buddy Johnson and His Orchestra)
  3. Don’t Explain (Billie Holiday)
  4. Skid Row Blues (Jimmy Witherspoon with Jay McShann and His Orchestra)
  5. Gone Again (Wini Brown with Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra)
  6. LA Blues (Crown Prince Waterford)
  7. All The Things You Are (Dizzy Gillespie Sextet)


  1. ’Round About Midnight (Thelonious Monk Quintet)
  2. Good Dues Blues (Alice Roberts with Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra)
  3. Money Hustlin’ Woman (Amos Milburn)
  4. You Can’t Tell Who’s Lovin’ Who (Ella Johnson with Buddy Johnson and His Orchestra)
  5. Weird Nightmare (Claude Trenier with Charles Mingus Sextette)
  6. Marijuana (Julia Lee)
  7. Solitude (Leo Parker’s All Stars)


  1. Midnight Sun (Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra)
  2. Pacific Coast Blues (Dinah Washington with Lucky Thompson’s All Stars)
  3. I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone (Arthur Prysock with Buddy Johnson and His Orchestra)
  4. Interlude (Sarah Vaughan with Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra)
  5. Why’d You Do It, Baby? (Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five)
  6. Billie's Blues (Billie Holiday with Eddie Heywood and His Trio)
  7. No Eyes Blues (Lester Young and His Sextet)


  1. Goofin’ Off (Illinois Jacquet and His All Stars)
  2. Dark Shadows (Charlie Parker Quartet feat. Earl Coleman)
  3. I Sold My Heart To The Junkman (Etta Jones with JC Heard and His Orchestra)
  4. San Francisco Fan (Cab Calloway and His Orchestra)
  5. Fine And Mellow (Nellie Lutcher and Her Rhythm)
  6. Whiskey And Jelly-Roll Blues (Wynonie “Mr Blues” Harris and His All-Stars)
  7. Far Cry (Buddy Johnson and His Orchestra)