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Wild Man Blues: 24 Clarinet Classics
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Johnny Dodds was the most prominent and prolific of the great New Orleans clarinetists, a key voice in the music as it moved to Chicago in the early 1920s. This compilation spans his career, including early tracks on which... more »
Johnny Dodds was the most prominent and prolific of the great New Orleans clarinetists, a key voice in the music as it moved to Chicago in the early 1920s. This compilation spans his career, including early tracks on which he can be heard as an essential sideman with King Oliver, Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven, and Jelly Roll Morton. Rooted deeply in the blues, Dodds can even be heard with Blind Blake on the great blues-ragtime guitarist's "South Bound Rag." He can be heard as well in the varied groups that he led on record--usually including his brother, the gifted drummer Baby Dodds, who sometimes plays washboard. The version of "Wild Man Blues" heard here is by Dodds's Black Bottom Stompers with Louis Armstrong, and it makes an interesting contrast to Armstrong's own recording, with Dodds, of the same tune. Whether raw and expressive or fluently liquid, Dodds's clarinet is heard to ideal advantage on his trio versions of "Clarinet Wobble" and "Indigo Stomp." --Stuart Broomer
One of the all time great ones
nadav haber | jerusalem Israel | 12/14/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Johnny Dodds is one of those rare musicians whose sound has been heard by millions, and yet few know them by name. Anyone familiar with Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Seven recordings from the mid Twenties is familiar with Dodds' warm clarinet sound and perfect phrasing.
He had few competitors when it came to playing the blues or New Orleans rags. Only Sidney Bechet could match his swing and deep feeling of the music. Bechet had much more charisma and thus became much more popular.
But for me there is no substitute for Dodds when it comes to playing honest and exciting New Orleans jazz. Armstrong made no mistake when he made him his regular sideman.This is a very good compilation of Johnny Dodds' music. It has a few tracks with Armstrongs, others in a trio format and a balanced spread of blues and rags. And because Johnny Dodds is one of the greatest musicians to have played jazz, this compilation belongs in every music collection."
WildMan Blues, Johnny Dodds
Carol A. Dutcher | Bay Area | 03/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a really "wild" CD, and since this is the kind of music I listen to the most, it was a great addition to my collection. I play jazz clarinet and Johnny is someone I like to emulate."