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