Reissue (U.S.A.) / 1946

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Design: A cheaply-produced, plain design in which the outsized label name (set in Cheltenham Bold Condensed) leaves no doubt as to the nature of the offering. The single star at the top, probably inserted to create a symmetrical shape to the overall design, incidentally indicates its American origin.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who writes: "W.P. 'Phil' Featheringill operated the Session Record Shop with his wife Evie at 125 North Wells Street in Chicago. The store's specialty, as advertised in the September 1945 Chicago telephone book, was 'Original & Re-release Hot Jazz Records.' The shop and the Session label both opened for business on November 20, 1943, according to coverage in the music magazine Down Beat. In his column 'The Hot Box' (December 1, 1943, p. 13), George Hoefer Jr. noted that the shop 'will deal exclusively with hot jazz recordings with equal emphasis on the current crop from such sources as the Commodore, Jazz Man, etc. and the rare out of print classics.' In 1946 Featheringill started publishing Reissue and Session Reissue labels. Reissue was pressed by The Bishop Presses, 810 Rollin Street, South Pasadena, California." [Wolverine Blues, co-written by Jelly Roll Morton with the Spikes brothers, was first recorded by him in 1923.]

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