Clarence Williams

1929-1930

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The eighth CD in the European Classics series which is reissuing complete and in chronological order all of the recordings led by pianist/composer Clarence Williams documents his activity from a ten-month period. During this era Williams varied his personnel and instrumentation from session to session and the results are quite varied yet consistently hot. Williams's groups feature such sidemen as cornetist Ed Allen, trumpeter Charlie Gaines, the reeds of Arville Harris and Russell Procope, the enthusiastic tuba of Cyrus St. Clair, Floyd Casey on drums and washboard, two excellent vocals apiece by Margaret Webster (her "You've Got to Give Me Some" is a near-classic) and Eva Taylor and, on eight selections, the masterful pianist James P. Johnson. The highpoints are "How Could I Be Blue?" and "I've Found a New Baby," performances taken as piano duets by Johnson and Williams that include some humorous conversation. All of the CDs in this very valuable series are highly recommended to collectors of 1920s jazz.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:49
2 3:01
3 3:08
4 3:15
5 2:58
6 2:47
7 2:45
8 3:03
9 2:55
10 3:12
11 3:02
12 3:21
13 2:44
14 2:49
15 3:01
16 2:40
17 3:28
18 3:35
19 3:23
20 2:50
21 3:10
22
3:14
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