King Oliver

Vol. 2

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The second of three LPs reissuing all of King Oliver's Vocalion and Brunswick recordings finds the cornetist playing less than before (his teeth were starting to give him serious problems) but contains worthy solos from trombonists Kid Ory and Jimmy Archey, clarinetist Omer Simeon and Barney Bigard on tenor. At its worst these performances are of first class dance music and at its best ("Farewell Blues" and "Sobbin' Blues"), the music is timeless.