Clarence Williams' Blue Five

Clarence Williams and Eva Taylor 1925-1926

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This excellent Swaggie LP has 17 titles featuring pianist Clarence Williams and his various groups (known during this period as his Blue Five, Blue Seven, Morocco Five, or Stompers). Eva Taylor sings on ten of the songs, six of which were originally issued under her name. Taylor's easygoing style fits the music well, and Williams was wise enough to always use the best musicians available. Such top players as trumpeters Bubber Miley, Thomas Morris, and Tommy Ladnier, trombonists Charlie Irvis and Jimmy Harrison, the reeds of Buster Bailey, Don Redman, and Coleman Hawkins, the great tuba player Cyrus St. Clair, and even violinist Eddie South, are featured on this album. The enjoyable performances are highlighted by "Shake That Thing," "Get It Fixed," "Dinah," "Jackass Blues" and "Senegalese Stomp." The Eva Taylor sides are rare, but those under Clarence Williams' name have been reissued on CD by Classics.