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King Oliver & His Creole Jazz Band 23
King Oliver
King Oliver & His Creole Jazz Band 23
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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Joe Oliver played cornet in Kid Ory's band when the trombonist declared him "King" of the New Orleans horn players, and Oliver took the title with him when bassist Bill Johnson invited him north to Chicago in 1919. Oliver ...  more »

      
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All Artists: King Oliver
Title: King Oliver & His Creole Jazz Band 23
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Classics
Original Release Date: 11/19/1996
Re-Release Date: 8/28/1992
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: New Orleans Jazz, Traditional Jazz & Ragtime
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

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Joe Oliver played cornet in Kid Ory's band when the trombonist declared him "King" of the New Orleans horn players, and Oliver took the title with him when bassist Bill Johnson invited him north to Chicago in 1919. Oliver assumed leadership of the band as it gradually took on its ultimate form with clarinetist Johnny Dodds, his brother Baby on drums, trombonist Honore Dutrey, and then its crowning touch, Oliver's young friend Louis Armstrong, arriving from New Orleans in 1922. When the band entered the Gennett studios in Richmond, Indiana, in April 1923, it not only was among the first true jazz groups to record but also was the first jazz supergroup. Playing music that is at once complex and joyous, the Creole Jazz Band combines virtuosic breaks and solos with a tight blend of improvised and rehearsed ensembles, presenting a constantly shifting, delightful palette of fresh musical combinations. --Stuart Broomer
 

CD Reviews

The Tightest Jazz Band of All Time
Bruce Kendall | Southern Pines, NC | 06/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm absolutely nonplussed by the fact that Amazon listeners are not commenting on these recordings. They are only "THE" seminal jazz recordings of the 20th century. Where do you suppose Louis Armstrong learned his licks? This group outshines all "roots" bands, and are absolutely in a class by themselves. The recordings still hold up to today's standards. They don't sound grainy or crude. They are as fresh as the day they were first minted. From whon do you suppose Ellington and Calloway derived their inspiration? Please give these recordings a listen and form your own opinion. But if your feet dont start stomping to the syncopated rythm, then brother, you're dead!"
The Art of Jazz doesn't get more obvious than this!
Peter Acebal | Christiansburg, VA United States | 01/13/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Joe 'King' Oliver was at his creative zenith when he led this seminal band,and this stunning CD is chock full of gems,from the lovely chorus of "Chimes Blues" to the stately elegance of "Zulu's Ball" (which,once upon a time had been the rarest jazz 78 on earth!);Actually,in my judgment Oliver is/was well-nigh the equal to Jelly Roll Morton insofar as gifts and musicianship is concerned (and there are two covers here of Morton tunes VERY tastefully done).Its little wonder then that the youthful second cornetist here by the name of Louis Armstrong went on to rapidly flower in his own art just a couple of years later,- how could he not,given this enviornment of Oliver (and Morton),... call it nature or nurture...The digital transfers here (like most all CLASSICS volumes) is very well done. Oliver nuts such as myself will recommend the "Complete Set" double CD [...] but if youre new to Oliver or just counting your pennies,then this CD makes a splendid introduction to/summary of the Art of Joe 'King' Oliver. Don't be shy,...crank it up & play it loud n' proud,...I'm sure the neighbors can use a good revelation!!!!"