Lieut. Jim Europe's 369th "Hell Fighters" Band: The Complete Recordings


James Reese Europe was the world's most accomplished black bandleader before 1920. He was internationally famous as the founder of New York's Clef Club, and as music director for Vernon and Irene Castle.

During World War I, he organized and led the all-black 369th U.S. Infantry "Hell Fighters" Band. They fought in the trenches, introduced that new music "Jazz" to the Continent, and were acclaimed in France and America as the greatest-ever regimental band.

In May, 1919, the "Hell Fighters" were on the last leg of their triumphant U.S. victory concert tour when Europe was murdered at age 39. All 24 recordings he made for Pathe in the last two months of his life are collected on this CD as well as a 44 page booklet with rare photographs and liner notes.

Track Listing:

1) That Moaning Trombone
2) Memphis Blues
3) On Patrol In No Man's Land
4) How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm?
5) All Of No Man's Land Is Ours
6) My Choc'late Soldier Sammy Boy
7) Dixie Is Dixie Once More
8) Plantation Echoes
9) St. Louis Blues
10) Jazzy Baby
11) Ja Da
12) The Darktown Strutter's Ball
13) Missouri Blues
14) Jazzola
15) Russian Rag
16) That's Got 'Em
17) Clarinet Marmalade
18) When The Bees Make Honey
19) Mirandy
20) The Dancing Deacon
21) Arabian Nights
22) Indianola
23) Hesitating Blues
24) Broadway Hit Medley