Various Artists / Traveling Through The Jungle - Negro Fife And Drum Band Music From The Deep Sout
Album: Traveling Through The Jungle - Negro Fife And Drum Band Music From The Deep Sout   Collection:Blues 12"
Artist:Various Artists   Added:Jun 2012
Label:Sutro Park  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2012-06-23 Pull Date: 2012-08-26 Charts: Blues
Week Ending: Aug 12 Jul 8 Jul 1
Airplays: 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 19, 2022: The Songsmith Show (rebroadcast from Jul 6, 2012)
Shoot, Lula With The Red Dress On
4. Aug 08, 2012: ThermoNuclear Bar
Old Hen Cackled, Laid A Double Egg
2. Nov 28, 2021: Emergency Crew (Sub For That's Not Bluegrass) (rebroadcast from Jun 4, 2019)
My Babe
5. Jul 06, 2012: The Songsmith Show
Shoot, Lula With The Red Dress On
3. Jun 04, 2019: Emergency Crew (Sub For That's Not Bluegrass)
My Babe
6. Jun 29, 2012: The Songsmith Show
Number Five

Album Review
MC Dizzy Jackson
Reviewed 2012-06-21
Fife and Drum band music is quite rare and these recordings are a great reflection of this powerful sound. This album presents three different bands. The first is from Georgia, featuring Ephram Carter, J.W. Jones and James Jones. Their sound is big, loud and fast. The second band is from Sledge, Mississippi and along with Sid Hemphill’s fife, is a quills (sounding much like a fife) from Hemphill and Alec Askew. The third band is from Senatobia, Mississippi w/ Napoleon Strickland and Othar Turner on fife accompanied by others. Their sound is a bit slower than Carter’s band. The drums played on the album are bass, bass kettle and kettle, as well as washboard and waste basket. Check out the indispensable historical liner notes by University of Memphis’ ethnomusicologist David Evans. Solid stuff all the way through. No FCC’s.

*My Favorites*: All.

Side A
1. Mid. Big bass drum, frantic fife.
2. Mid / Fast. INSTRUMENTAL. Fife call intro, then stomping beat. Powerful.
3. Mid / Fast. Beautiful, quick fife work, pounding drums.
4. Mid. Body slaps, drum, spoken vocal. No fife here.
5. Mid / Fast. Big drums, great fife.
6. Mid. Fife solo.
7. Mid. Fife intro, then the pounding drums and vocal.
8. Mid. Marching drum beat, fife in background.
9. Mid. Quills in front, rolling drums more in the back.
10. Mid. ‘The Death March’. Rolling, marching beat.
11. Mid. Quills w/ vocal holler.
12. Mid. Big marching beat w/ fife.

Side B
13. Mid. Little Walter’s ‘My Babe’ (written by Willie Dixon). Marching beat, mellowish fife.
14. Mid. Strickland on fife, Fred McDowell on waste basket.
15. Mid. Classic ‘Sitting On Top Of The World’. Killer w/ whistling and big bass washtub.
16. Mid. Bass drum, fife w/ calls and hollers.
17. Mid. Kettle drum intro, then fife, then bass drum and vocal.
18. Mid. Whistling and washtub by Compton Jones.
19. Mid. ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’. Marching beat, great vocal and fife.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1. Carter, Ephram Old Hen Cackled, Laid A Double Egg
2. Jones, J.W. Unknown Piece
3. Carter, Ephram Shoot, Lula With The Red Dress On
4. Jones, J.W. Buck Dance
5. Carter, Ephram L Love Jesus, Yes, I Do
6. Jones, J.W. Wake Up, Sal, Day Done Come, Let Me Chew Your Rosin Some
7. Carter, Ephram Old Lady Dinah Sitting By The Fire
8. Hemphill, Sid Band Jesse James
9. Askew, Alec Come On Boys, Let's Go To The Ball
10. Hemphill, Sid Band The Death March
11. Hemphill, Sid Emmaline, Take Your Time
12. Hemphill, Sid Band The Sidewalks Of New York
13. Strickland, Napoleon My Babe
14. Strickland, Napoleon Traveling Through The Jungle
15. Jones, Compton Sitting On Top Of The World
16. Turner, Othar Late At Midnight, Just A Little 'fore Day
17. Strickland, Napoleon Granny, Will Your Dog Bite
18. Jones, Compton Number Five
19. Stickland, Napoleon When The Saints Go Marching In