Various Artists

Rare Bands of the Twenties

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This LP offers listeners some good examples of territory bands from the 1920s. There are selections from Bob Robinson's Knights of Rest, Alex Hill, Reuben Reeves's River Boys, King Mutt's Tennessee Thumpers, Syd Valentine's Patent Leather Kids, Alphonse Trent, Oliver Cobb, John Williams's Memphis Stompers and the Kansas City Tin Roof Stompers. Among the sidemen (the personnel listing given on the album is not all that accurate) are pianist Jimmy Blythe, clarinetists Darnell Howard and Omer Simeon, violinist Stuff Smith (on Trent's "Nightmare") and pianist Mary Lou Williams. Although not a definitive recording of the period, this sampler has some excellent music, some of which has not been reissued on CD yet.