Saturday, December 1, 2007

Shanghai Jazz: Musical Seductions From China's Age Of Decadence

John Huie is an Australian musician and arranger that has spent some considerable time in Hong Kong and China researching various world music styles, including fi lm soundtracks for Golden Harvest and also a commemorative piece for the 1997 handover. Now based in Shanghai, he has put together a crack band of local musicians to recreate many of the 1930’s jazz songs that were the soundtrack to the city in its pre-war heyday. "Shanghai Jazz – Musical Seductions From China’s Age of Decadence" is the sublime result.
Putting together a band from todays top jazz venues, including sourcing and drinking down at Mao Ming Lu, Huie’s state of the art production and modern recording techniques – not to mention a crack band comprising some of Shanghais best young musicians on bass, clarinet, bass clarinet, drums, guitar, piano, tenor sax, trombone, trumpet, pipa, violin and the lovely singing trio of Coco, Carrie and Ginger, the band run through a selection of some of Shanghai's top tunes of the period. Jazz was banned by communists after the revolution, and is only now making a comeback – as are some of the standards of the day – including the notorious "Prostitute Song (The Love You Can’t Get)" that was high on the list of the governments most undesirable music and one of the best known songs of the dance hall era. With the CD’s packaging in English and Chinese (with lyric translations of the Shanghai classics), this is an ideal and very welcome exploration into the world of big band jazz, Shanghai style, and hopefully marks the beginning of a return for one of the more exotic blends of jazz ever to come out of the horn of a blues trumpet. Superb and thoroughly recommended. @

Also, - a website for this project, with song annotations and the musicians' bios.

A review from JazzNews

Note: Coco Zhao, who sings on some selections here, was featured on this blog before.

Shanghai Jazz: Musical Seductions From China's Age Of Decadence
VBR, 66mb
REUP: depositfiles
1. The Love You Can Not Get (Ginger Zheng Zhi Xiao)
2. Give Me A Kiss (Coco Zhao Ke)
3. The Cocktail Song (Carrie Zhang Le)
4. The Song You Are Hearing (Rebecca Tu)
5. It Is Not Too Late (Rebecca Tu)
6. Magic Love (Coco Zhao Ke)
7. Avalon (Instro)
8. Let Us Love Tonight (Coco Zhao Ke)
9. Night In Shanghai (Instro)
10. Jasmine Flower (Carrie Zhang Le)
11. I Want Your Love (Coco Zhao Ke)
12. Lovers Tears (Carrie Zhang Le)


  1. Thank you so MUCH!

    I was 10 years old when I discovered my dad's collection of Korean Pop 78's from the 40's-50's and have for years wished I still had them. 40 years later I found a couple single 78's online that sounded hauntingly familiar and now
    I'm downloading Shanghai Jazz as I write and have already been enjoying the Divas collection.

    Thanks for making this great music available.


  2. Link for mediafire doesn't seem to work:((

  3. Hi, great post, though unfortunately the downloadlink doesn't work, can you upload it once more?


  4. Hi, I've got the Shanghai Jazz 2 CD if you want me to upload it to you :)...
    Great tracks!

    Just email me on

  5. Hi there, very interesting era, this, unfortunately the download link seems to be broken as the chap above points out

  6. It works for me, not sure what the problem is. Can you try it again?

  7. Thanks for sharing ! I love the n°12... It's great !

  8. What a find your blog is. Thanks for all your hard work.

  9. I can't seem to download this! The link isn't working.

  10. Seems to work for me; try again and let me know.

  11. Unfortunately it's not working! Does someone have it and could re-upload it? (:

  12. Download link still works fine! Many thanks!

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