Tiny Parham & His Musicians

Hot Chicago Jazz from the Late 1920's

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There's a late-'20s small-group sound of which many are particularly fond: a small-group sound whose sonorities are bracketed by trumpet and tuba. Pianist Parham's 1928-1930 recordings feature it fairly strongly. Many of them also feature Punch Miller, a fine trumpeter overshadowed -- like Jabbo Smith and so many others -- by Armstrong. In its mix of solo and head arrangements, as the notes point out, this group uncannily blends the small-group ethos with something of the big bands that were beginning to dominate the scene.