Tiny Parham

Tiny Parham, Vol. 4: The Alternate Takes 1928-1930

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The fourth and final Tiny Parham LP put out by the Australian Swaggie label has 14 alternate takes drawn from four of the pianist's sessions with his Musicians. These very interesting performances, bypassed by Classics in its two Parham CDs, should intrigue 1920s collectors. Usually the arrangements are the same as on the issued takes, although there are exceptions, but many of the short solos are quite a bit different. Among the worthier alternates are "The Head Hunter's Dream," "Stompin' on Down," "Blue Melody Blues" and "Nervous Tension." Well worth searching for by collectors who may already have the Classics CDs but want every performance by Tiny Parham.