Clarence Williams

1930-1931

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This CD is the ninth in an extensive series that reissues all of the recordings led by pianist/composer Clarence Williams. Since Williams headed a wide variety of exciting small groups in the 1920s and '30s that utilized the playing of many top jazz players, all of the CDs are worth acquiring by collectors of classic jazz. The 22 selections on this particular CD range from novelty Williams solo performances to groups featuring trumpeters Red Allen and Ed Allen, Albert Socarras on several reeds (including flute), clarinetists Buster Bailey and Cecil Scott, Prince Robinson doubling on clarinet and tenor, pianist Herman Chittison, Ikey Robinson on banjo, the great tuba player Cyrus St. Clair, singer Eva Taylor, Floyd Casey on washboard, the Bingie Madison big band and Williams himself on vocals, piano and jug. Highlights of this spirited program include "You're Bound to Look like a Monkey When You Get Old," "High Society Blues," "Hot Lovin, '" "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home" and four different versions of "Shout Sister Shout."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:59
2 3:06
3 3:40
4 3:23
5 3:13
6 2:51
7 3:05
8 3:00
9 3:03
10 2:45
11 3:03
12 3:00
13 3:00
14 3:04
15 2:41
16 2:56
17 3:15
18 3:03
19 2:47
20 2:50
21 3:27
22 2:55
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