King Oliver

Vol. 3

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The third and final LP reissuing King Oliver's complete Vocalion and Brunswick recordings can easily be divided into two parts. The first six selections date from the second half of 1928 and include many good examples of '20s dance music; no great solos despite the impressive personnel. The final eight numbers jump to 1931 when cornetist Oliver's chops were completely shot due to serious gum problems. Despite Oliver's near-absence on what would be his final recordings, his orchestra is excellent with trumpeters Ward Pinkett and Dave Nelson, trombonist Jimmy Archey and tenor-saxophonist Bingie Madison taking fine solos on an attractive program of future standards.