Clarence Williams

1927-1928

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The fifth CD in Classics' "complete" Clarence Williams program (all are highly recommended to collectors of 1920s jazz) has 22 selections from 11 separate recording sessions, all of the pianist/bandleader's dates for a ten-month period. There are a pair of piano solos, two numbers in which Williams's vocals (including an eccentric "Farm Hand Papa") are backed by the great pianist James P. Johnson, and band performances featuring cornetists Ed Allen and King Oliver, clarinetists Buster Bailey and Arville Harris, trombonist Ed Cuffee, Coleman Hawkins and Benny Waters on tenors, Cyrus St. Clair on tuba, and the washboard of Floyd Casey. Highlights include "Jingles," "Church Street Sobbin' Blues," "Sweet Emmalina," and "Mountain City Blues."

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:51
2 2:46
3 2:48
4 3:00
5 2:53
6 3:02
7 2:56
8 3:16
9 2:50
10 3:12
11 2:52
12 3:00
13 2:54
14 2:51
15 3:03
16 3:04
17 3:20
18 3:03
19 3:16
20 3:03
21 2:49
22 3:03
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