Kid Ory

1944-1946

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This is a particularly interesting release from the American Music label. Most of the 16 selections on this CD were previously unreleased yet the recording quality is excellent. The first four numbers are from an unknown but rewarding studio session featuring trombonist Kid Ory (who led one of the top New Orleans revival bands of the era) in a septet that includes his usual trumpeter Matt Carey and the great clarinetist Albert Nicholas (who rarely recorded with Ory). In addition to a couple of standards ("High Society" and "Clarinet Marmalade"), the group stretches out on extended versions of "Savoy Blues" and "Blues for Jimmie" (the latter has a vocal by guitarist Bud Scott). The remainder of this release was recorded during four Standard Oil broadcasts, radio shows that helped to introduce New Orleans jazz (among other art forms) to a wider audience. In some cases, the performances are quite brief (three of the numbers are under two minutes), but Ory and his group make use of every moment and are heard in excellent form. Carey is again on trumpet; the clarinet spot is shared by Wade Whaley, Joe Darensbourg or Barney Bigard; Ed Garland contributes a couple of eerie bowed bass solos. The final two numbers feature legendary folk singer/guitarist Leadbelly leading sing-alongs with a studio audience during brief versions of "Bye 'N Bye" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," with the assistance of Ory's band. All in all, this is a valuable set, both historically and musically.

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