King Oliver

West End Blues

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This French LP contains a variety of performances featuring cornetist King Oliver. The pioneering cornetist is heard on seven Okeh recordings with his classic Creole Jazz Band, the best jazz group of 1923; among its sidemen are Louis Armstrong, clarinetist Johnny Dodds and drummer Baby Dodds. In addition, Oliver is featured during 1928-29 backing singers Texas Alexander and Hazel Smith, interacting with guitarists Eddie Lang and Lonnie Johnson in a group dubbed "Blind Willie Dunn's Gin Bottle Four" and jamming on two numbers with pianist Clarence Williams. Most of this historic music is available elsewhere.