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King Oliver 1923 1926
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Louis Armstrong once remarked, "Had it not been for Joe Oliver, jazz would not be what it is today." As these recordings attest, he was the greatest bandleader of his day, able to bring his groups to a perfect balance of t... more »
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Louis Armstrong once remarked, "Had it not been for Joe Oliver, jazz would not be what it is today." As these recordings attest, he was the greatest bandleader of his day, able to bring his groups to a perfect balance of the tight and the loose, to control and compose diverse elements into a successful whole. He may have been the greatest talent scout too, giving not just Armstrong but a host of other fine New Orleans musicians their first exposure. What is sometimes overlooked is his sheer greatness as a trumpeter, both for the brightness and grandeur of his open horn and for his innovative and masterful use of mutes and buckets to find other voices for the instrument. In that sense he fathered two quite different lines of jazz trumpeters, lines that persist today. This CD completes the documentation of the superb 1923 band with Armstrong and the Dodds brothers, begun on Jazz Chronological Classics' 1923, and begins the documentation of his 1926 Chicago recordings. Oliver was also a great blues player, and there's ample evidence of that here, from the stately "Riverside Blues" of 1923 to the witty muted play of "Jackass Blues" and "Wa Wa Wa," both from 1926. --Stuart Broomer
A 18 year old fan
Marie Yellow Boy | South Dakota | 06/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is so good! All my friends like rap, but I don't. For as long as I can remember I've liked music from the 10's, 20's, 30's and 40's. This is a great CD, but its not for every taste."
Tracing The Footsteps Of A Giant
Peter Acebal | Christiansburg, VA United States | 12/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD captures King Oliver in transition from the latter days of the Creole Jazz Band (by now dubbed the "Jazz Band")on through a pair of classic duets with his New Orleans Comrade Jelly Roll Morton and then on with the sizzling Dixie Syncopators of 1926. This CD is an embarassment of riches,to tell the truth,-I am a bit of a King Oliver evangelist but there is ample evidence all over this CD of Oliver's artistry - just listen to his open horn choruses on "Mabel's Dream" and "Riverside Blues" then onto his contrapuntal backing Of Morton on "King Porter Stomp" and finally the crown jewel : the Dixie Syncopators "Sugar Foot Stomp".Here,Oliver's use of the plunge mute is simply ingenious while the whole band literally tears the roof off THIS track you'll find tough not to press the Replay button on your CD player over and over so I salute the dear people At Amazon for making these classic gems easily available for all persons with open ears.The King Lives!"