King Oliver & His Orchestra (1929-1930), Vol. 1

King Oliver & His Orchestra (1929-1930), Vol. 1

by King Oliver & His Orchestra


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King Oliver & His Orchestra (1929-1930), Vol. 1

JSP's two-disc collection of King Oliver's 1929-1930 work, recorded in New York for Victor Records, is not exhaustive, nor does it focus on his greatest era (which would be the early-'20s recordings including the great "Dippermouth Blues"). However, the end of the '20s was the time of King Oliver's last burst of creativity, and while these recordings may be less startlingly fabulous than what Oliver and his band were doing earlier in the decade, they're still potent examples of early jazz. Listening to these recordings, it's clear that Oliver has been paying attention to the meteoric rise of his former star pupil Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five. Oliver is using a larger combo than Armstrong (featuring the great Barney Bigard on clarinet on several tracks), but the same sort of sprightly syncopation, along with a much fuller sound than on Oliver's earlier records, is apparent on tracks like the swinging "I'm Lonesome, Sweetheart." Purists should be aware that King Oliver was in increasingly poor health by this time, and he does not always play cornet on these sides.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/18/2013
Label: Jsp Records
UPC: 0788065420925
catalogNumber: 4209
Rank: 128326

Album Credits

Performance Credits

King Oliver & His Orchestra   Primary Artist
Henry "Red" Allen   Trombone,Trumpet
Paul Barbarin   Drums
James P. Johnson   Piano
King Oliver   Trumpet
Louis Metcalf   Cornet
Jimmy Archey   Trombone
Walter Bishop   Drums
Charlie Frazier   Tenor Saxophone
Don Frye   Piano
J.C. Higginbotham   Trombone
Charlie Holmes   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Hilton Jefferson   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Edmund Jones   Drums
Fred Moore   Drums
Dave Nelson   Trombone,Trumpet,Announcer
Omer Simeon   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Eric Franker   Piano
Bobby Holmes   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Will Johnson   Banjo,Guitar
Glyn Paque   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Walter "Fats" Pichon   Violin
Walter Wheeler   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
George Bias   Violin
Harry Duncan   Piano
Norman Lester   Piano
Wendell Cassino Simpson   Banjo,Piano
Arthur Taylor   Banjo,Guitar
Roy Schmeck   Harmonica,Steel Guitar
Fred Moore   Drums
Ray Schmeck   Harmonica,Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

King Oliver   Director
Carroll Dickerson   Director
Loran L. Watson   Director
George Rogers   Director

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