This collector's LP features banjoist Elmer Snowden in a variety of settings from 1924, 1927, 1929, 1932, 1934 and 1963. Snowden is heard as a sideman with Booker's Dixie Jazz Band, the Roy Williams Orchestra (which was really Snowden's group of 1927), the Musical Stevedores, the Jungle Town Stompers, Jasper Davis, Snowden's Small's Paradise Orchestra in 1932 (taken from a short film soundtrack), the Sepia Serenaders and in 1963 on a broadcast with a trio. Among the key sidemen are cornetists Bubber Miley and Rex Stewart, trumpeter Louis Metcalf, altoist Charlie Holmes, pianist Cliff Jackson and clarinetist Darnell Howard. Although Snowden mostly functions in the background with an occasional solo, the music should be of great interest, particularly to 1920s collectors. There is a strong sampling of hot classic jazz on this IAJRC album.
Elmer Snowden Review
by Scott Yanow