Okeh Sessions

King Oliver

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Okeh Sessions Review

by Scott Yanow

This LP contains performances by the pacesetting group of 1923, King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band; these selections do not duplicate the Gennett sides reissued by Milestone. The band introduced the cornets of King Oliver and Louis Armstrong, clarinetist Johnny Dodds, and drummer Baby Dodds to records, and was the most influential New Orleans jazz group of its era. The highly enjoyable LP features particularly memorable versions of "Snake Rag," "Sobbin' Blues," "Dippermouth Blues," "Jazzin' Babies Blues," and "Buddy's Habits." This particular set may be hard to find, but these recordings belong in every jazz library in one form or another.