Various Artists

Jazz from St. Louis 1924-1926

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This LP is quite important from the historical standpoint. It contains all ten recordings made by St. Louis's top jazz band of the 1920s, Charles Creath's Jazz-O-Maniacs, an excellent octet featuring many of the cities' best musicians during 1924-25; blues-great Lonnie Johnson makes a surprise appearance on "Won't Don't Blues." Less interesting are the only records by the legendary Fate Marable (very disappointing versions of "Frankie and Johnny" and "Pianoflage"), Benny Washington's Six Aces and the inferior St. Louis Levee Band (playing "Soap Suds" which surprisingly includes pianist Jelly Roll Morton). However, this LP is worth searching for by conoisseurs of the era, specifically for the Creath performances.