Various Artists

The 77 Sessions

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The music on this LP is for selected tastes. Taken from a variety of session cut for the 77 Records label but not previously released, this GHB sampler album features New Orleans jazz from some of the more primitive musicians on side one including trumpeters Cuff Billett, Kid Sheik Cola, Percy Humphrey and Kid Thomas Valentine, trombonist Louis Nelson, clarinetists Orange Kellin and George Lewis and altoist Captain John Handy. Side two has more energy with good playing from trumpeter Keith Smith, clarinetist Darnell Howard and pianist Alton Purnell. Overall this is a mixed bag with the high spirits sometimes compensating for the erratic musianship.