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Whoop It Up!  Volume 1: 1927-1929
     

Whoop It Up! Volume 1: 1927-1929

by Clarence Williams
 
Clarence Williams made his living as a music publisher, pianist, accompanist and organizer of recording ensembles during the 1920s and '30s. His variously sleepy, scruffy or gritty little jazz bands were usually driven by cornet, clarinet, tuba, jug and washboard players. Whoop It Up! is the Document label's first installment in a

Overview

Clarence Williams made his living as a music publisher, pianist, accompanist and organizer of recording ensembles during the 1920s and '30s. His variously sleepy, scruffy or gritty little jazz bands were usually driven by cornet, clarinet, tuba, jug and washboard players. Whoop It Up! is the Document label's first installment in a projected Clarence Williams retrospective presenting his best recordings grouped according to instrumentation. The star of this volume is Missouri-born washboard wizard Floyd Casey, who rustles up a good head of steam on each of 25 tracks recorded for the Okeh, Brunswick, Columbia and Victor labels during 13 sessions that took place between January 29, 1927 and November 19, 1929. Note that unlike many previous Document issues, great care has obviously been taken to remaster these old records so they sound practically new. For best results, go directly to track seven, the third and best rendition of the "Cushion Foot Stomp." Clarence Williams consistently brought together many of the greatest performers in early jazz. Present on this compilation are cornetists King Oliver and Ed Allen; trumpeter Charlie Gaines; reedmen Buster Bailey and Arville Harris; tuba wrestler Cyrus St. Clair and composer/pianist James P. Johnson. The jug blowers seem to have been saved up for a different specially focused chapter in this exciting historical reissue series.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/13/2007
Label:
Document
UPC:
0714298153125
catalogNumber:
1531
Rank:
251104

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clarence Williams   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Buster Bailey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Claude Hopkins   Piano
James P. Johnson   Piano,Celeste
Bennie Moten   Clarinet,Clavinet
King Oliver   Cornet
Ed Allen   Cornet
Arville Harris   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Floyd Casey   Washboard
Charlie Gaines   Trumpet
Margaret Webster   Vocals
Clarence Lee   Vocals

Technical Credits

Cyrus St. Clair   Brass Band
Clarence Williams   Composer
Kevin Witt   Graphic Design
Joe Moore   Liner Notes
Joe Moore   Liner Notes

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