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  • Audio CD (3 Oct. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Robert Parker Jazz
  • ASIN: B000024L81
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 386,333 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Joe 'King' Oliver ~ King Oliver 1927-1930


The second volume devoted to the New Orleans trumpet-and-cornet king takes up the story of his Dixie Syncopators from 1927, the year in which he allegedly turned down the job at Harlem's Cotton Club that then laid the foundation of Duke Ellington's fame. Sadly, or appropriately, the pace of change in the band world shows Oliver's own playing gradually sounding more dated, especially in the last two 1930 tracks where he's joined by the much younger New Orleanian trumpeter, Red Allen. The fundamental strength of Oliver's work, however, is resistant to the erosion of time, and his blues-drenched simplicity stands out particularly well in the central group of five 1928 tracks put together by pianist Clarence Williams, two of them featuring authentic blues vocals by Sara Martin and Texas Alexander. The originals here were all rather better recorded than those on Volume One (although musically more variable) yet, as far as the representative selection of material is concerned, this is a worthy follow-up. --Brian Priestley

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barry McCanna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Jan. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is an intelligent compilation from Oliver's later recording career, which kicks off with eight sides from the Dixie Syncopators, including three of his own compositions. Unlike the earlier homogenous Creole Jazz Band sides, these are highly arranged with plenty of room for individual soloists to stretch out, which they do.

In late 1928 he recorded under Clarence Williams leadership, and they produced a fascinating assortment of sides. They accompanied Sara Martin's "Death Sting Me" and Texas Alexander's "Tell Me Woman", both of which are included here. Eddie Lang was involved in the latter recording, and he features also in the two Novelty Four recordings. The final seven tracks all feature King Oliver & his Orchestra in 1929/30 recordings.

This is the second volume of two King Oliver CDs from the late Robert Parker which created quite a stir when they were first issued in 1991, with opinion polarised over the added digital stereo effect. I thought it worked well, but you are free to disagree. The sound quality is first-rate, the liner notes are informative, and despite subsequent issues the set is still worth purchasing.
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