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Crotchet

KING OLIVER

‘OH PLAY THAT THING!’

Original 1923 Recordings with Louis Armstrong

NAXOS JAZZ LEGENDS – 8.120666

 

 

1

Just Gone

11

High Society Rag

2

Canal Street Blues

12

Where Did You Stay Last Night

3

Mandy Lee Blues

13

Jazzin’ Babies Blues

4

I’m Going Away To Wear You Off My Mind

14

Alligator Hop

5

Chimes Blues

15

Krooked Blues

6

Weather Bird Rag

16

Buddy’s Habit

7

Dipper Mouth Blues

17

Tears

8

Froggie Moore

18

Room Rent Blues

9

Snake Rag

19

Riverside Blues

10

Sweet Lovin’ Man

20

I Ain’t Gonna Tell Nobody

 

 

At the time these tracks were first recorded in 1923 Joe ‘King’ Oliver was leading ‘by far the most significant and stirring jazz group to appear on record up to that point’. The core of musicians are Joe Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Honore Dutrey, Johnny Dodds, Lil Hardin and Baby Dodds. Bill Johnson, Bud Scott and Johnny St. Cyr all appear on banjo at some time or other as do Stump Evans on ‘C’ melody sax and Charlie Jackson on bass sax and tuba.

‘Oh Play That Thing!’ includes what are considered by some ‘purists’ to be the finest jazz recordings ever made. Oliver was a musician of immense capability and his music was ‘hot’ to say the least. Louis Armstrong idolized him and when Oliver heard of Armstrong’s exceptional talent he invited the young musician to join him on second cornet – they became the nucleus of a monumental band. The harmony between the two cornet players was unique as were their ‘four bar breaks’.

Sadly, the group was only together for a few months, however, this compilation provides many examples of King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band at its very best.

Jack Ashby



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