Solo Art

Solo Art (U.S.A.) / 1940

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Design: The use of a freestyle monoline brush script for the label name suggests immediacy and spontaneity, both good qualities for such a project, while the upward-moving alignment also suggests a positive approach.

History: Label scan courtesy of Jazzmuseum Bix Eiben, Hamburg, Germany. Thanks to collector Georg Richter of Germany for the following info: "Solo Art was a small independent label founded in 1939 by Dan Qualey 'to beat the major companies.' He concentrated on piano recordings and was the first to record the well-known Jimmy Yancey. The double use of order numbers is remarkable: two sessions by Meade 'Lux' Lewis are referenced in the 1939 catalogue as being #12003 and #12004, but both recordings were soon withdrawn because of very bad audio quality, and in June 1940 both numbers were reassigned for recordings of 'Cripple' Clarence Lofton [above]."

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