King of the Hill

The New York Sessions (1929-1930)

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Rather than reissue all of the Victor recordings released under King Oliver's name, this CD has the 22 recordings that best show off the cornetist's playing during his final period on records, including several alternate takes. Oliver was plagued with dental problems by 1928 but is in generally good form on these late recordings, taking a dramatic solo on "Too Late" and sounding surprisingly strong on "Struggle Buggy." Otherwise the music would still be well worth getting for Oliver's sidemen alone since together they form a high-quality dance band. This CD is recommended to all 1920s collectors except King Oliver completists, and even they might be forced to acquire this due to the inclusion of a few very rare alterante takes including the previously unreleased first take of "Olga."

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