Clarence Williams

1927

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Pianist/bandleader Clarence Williams was at the height of his productivity in 1927; the 22 numbers on this CD were recorded within a 6 1/2 month period. With the exception of The Dixie Washboard Band, all of the performances were originally released under Clarence Williams's name but the personnel and instrumentation often differ from session to session. The fourth in Classics' complete reissuance of Williams's recordings features such top sideman as cornetists Ed Allen and Louis Metcalf, trumpeter Red Allen (in what was probably his earliest recording), trombonist Charlie Irvis, clarinetist Buster Bailey and a variety of lesser-known players with some of the best performances being "Cushion Foot Stomp" (which is heard three different times), "Shooting the Pistol," "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home" and Williams's solo version of "When I March in April with May." Highly recommended to collectors of vintage jazz.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:59
2 2:54
3 2:58
4 3:00
5 3:20
6 3:02
7 2:54
8 2:49
9 2:53
10 3:02
11 3:13
12 3:12
13 2:59
14 3:09
15 2:38
16 3:08
17 2:33
18 3:02
19 3:08
20 2:53
21 2:51
22 2:58
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