Mezz Mezzrow

Really the Blues

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To celebrate the release of his book Really the Blues, clarinetist Mezz Mezzrow gathered some of his favorite players, many of whom were recording for his King Jazz label at the time, to perform a Town Hall concert. As usual, Mezzrow is the weak point of the music, bragging a bit in places and doing his best on five songs (including two versions of "Really the Blues") with an all-star group consisting of cornetist Muggsy Spanier, trombonist Sandy Williams, the great Sidney Bechet on soprano, pianist Sammy Price, bassist Wellman Braud and drummer Baby Dodds. This collector's LP also has the same group without Mezzrow (an improvement) jamming on a blues and two Dixieland standards, along with a feature for Price (heard in duet with Dodds) and the old vaudeville team of Coot Grant and "Kid Sox" Wesley Wilson (who interact on "You Can't Do That to Me"). The music is fun, but not too essential; this album will be difficult to locate.