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Kentucky-born saxophonist, singer, and bandleader Fess Williams 1894-1975 oversaw the recording of more than 75 sides for Gennett, Vocalion, Brunswick, and Victor during the years 1925-1930. In 2003, the mighty and majestic Jazz Oracle label reissued 37 titles and 13 alternate takes dating from 1926-1930 for a whopping total of 50 vintage tracks, far more Fess Williams than anyone had ever managed to assemble in one package. Had they dispensed with the alternates and opted instead for the missing earlier titles which just happen to add up to 13, this marvelous collection would have been even more comprehensive. Fess Williams & His Royal Flush Orchestra one can only ...
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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Kentucky-born saxophonist, singer, and bandleader Fess Williams 1894-1975 oversaw the recording of more than 75 sides for Gennett, Vocalion, Brunswick, and Victor during the years 1925-1930. In 2003, the mighty and majestic Jazz Oracle label reissued 37 titles and 13 alternate takes dating from 1926-1930 for a whopping total of 50 vintage tracks, far more Fess Williams than anyone had ever managed to assemble in one package. Had they dispensed with the alternates and opted instead for the missing earlier titles which just happen to add up to 13, this marvelous collection would have been even more comprehensive. Fess Williams & His Royal Flush Orchestra one can only hope in earnest that the band's name referred to playing cards rather than plumbing was a lively hot jazz band that paralleled, at its best, bands being led at that time by Luis Russell, King Oliver, Charlie Johnson, and Bennie Moten. Some of the 1929 recordings bring to mind Fats Waller & His Buddies, the hot little outfit that preceded Waller's famous Rhythm band of the 1930s. Although this collection skips over Williams' earliest works, it does include two Vocalion recordings from 1928 that had him leading Dave Peyton's Regal Theater Orchestra under the guise of Fess Williams & His Joy Boys. There's a lot to wade through here, including various Williams originals, "Heebie Jeebies" by Boyd Atkins; "I'm Feelin' Devilish" by Maceo Pinkard; "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Sweet Savannah Sue" by Fats Waller, and inspiring titles by less familiar composers like "All for Grits and Gravy" and "'Leven Thirty Saturday Night." Fess Williams whose nephew was bassist and modern jazz bandleader Charles Mingus was quite old-fashioned and prone to showing off. His self-portrait, for all intents and purposes, was "Playing My Saxophone," an extroverted novelty tour de force that includes a high note held at length by means of circular breathing and jagged, erratic phrasing reminiscent of vaudeville, barrelhouse, and road show entertainment. When the record was cut in 1930, this kind of saxophone playing had already been transcended by a promising young man from St. Joseph, MO by the name of Coleman Hawkins.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/30/2003
  • Label: Jazz Oracle
  • UPC: 620588804120
  • Catalog Number: 8041

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heebie Jeebies (2:58)
  2. 2 What Did Rome-O-Juliet (3:06)
  3. 3 Nobody But My Baby Is Getting My Love (3:02)
  4. 4 Gambler's Blues (2:54)
  5. 5 Variety Stomp (2:54)
  6. 6 Alligator Crawl (2:57)
  7. 7 Dixie Stomp (2:56)
  8. 8 Drifting and Dreaming (Sweet Paradise) (3:11)
  9. 9 Here 'Tis (3:27)
  10. 10 A Few Riffs (3:10)
  11. 11 Hot Town (3:05)
  12. 12 Friction (3:08)
  13. 13 Kentucky Blues (3:31)
  14. 14 Do Shuffle (2:54)
  15. 15 Snag Nasty (3:22)
  16. 16 Big Shot (3:02)
  17. 17 Sell It (3:13)
  18. 18 Betsy Brown (3:17)
  19. 19 Sweet Savannah Sue (3:03)
  20. 20 Ain't Misbehavin' (3:03)
  21. 21 Buttons (2:50)
  22. 22 Musical Camp Meeting (3:03)
  23. 23 Goin' to Get 'Cha (2:58)
  24. 24 Hot Mama (3:12)
  25. 25 Your Smiling Face (2:51)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Slide, Mr. Jelly, Slide (2:56)
  2. 2 She's Still Dizzy (3:30)
  3. 3 Hot Mama (3:19)
  4. 4 'Leven-Thirty Saturday Night (2:56)
  5. 5 I'm Feelin' Devilish (3:16)
  6. 6 All for Grits and Gravy (3:06)
  7. 7 Playing My Saxophone (2:57)
  8. 8 You Can't Go Wrong (3:15)
  9. 9 Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider (3:20)
  10. 10 Everything's O.K. With Me (3:04)
  11. 11 Dinah (3:28)
  12. 12 Just to Be With You Tonight (3:21)
  13. 13 Variety Stomp (2:57)
  14. 14 A Few Riffs (3:07)
  15. 15 Do Shuffle (2:55)
  16. 16 Do Shuffle (2:56)
  17. 17 Sell It (3:15)
  18. 18 Betsy Brown (3:16)
  19. 19 Buttons (2:54)
  20. 20 Musical Camp Meeting (3:00)
  21. 21 Hot Mama (3:22)
  22. 22 Playing My Saxophone (2:58)
  23. 23 You Can't Go Wrong (3:16)
  24. 24 Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider (3:20)
  25. 25 Everything's O.K. With Me (2:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fess Williams Primary Artist
Reuben Reeves Trumpet
Eddie Alkins Trombone
Lawrence Dixon Banjo, Vocals
William Franklin Trombone
Kenneth Roane Trumpet
Jasper Taylor Drums
Clinton Walker Double Bass
Perry Smith Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Bobby Holmes Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Lockwood Lewis Alto Saxophone
Norval Morton Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Sudie Reynaud String Bass
Frankie Marvin Vocals
Walter "Fats" Pichon Trumpet
Andy Pendleton Banjo
Ralph Bedell Drums, Vocals
Felix Gregory Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Emanuel Casamore Double Bass
Technical Credits
Fats Waller Composer
Walter Brown Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Boyd Atkins Composer
Hank Duncan Composer
Fletcher Henderson Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Eddie Leonard Composer
Kenneth Roane Arranger, Composer
Murray Sandry Composer
Jo Trent Composer
Jack King Graphic Design
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Charlie Green Composer
Earl Burtnett & His Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra Composer
Paul Tremaine Composer
Harry Brooks Composer
John R.T. Davies Producer, Engineer, Remastering
Joe Young Composer
Fess Williams Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Egbert VanAlstyne Composer
Colin Bray Producer
John Wilby Producer
Joel OSickey Liner Notes
Ralph "Shrimp" Jones Composer
Eddie Munson Composer
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