26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
This CD has 25 tracks covering, in chronological order, the period 1922-1944. Somewhat surprisingly 3 of the musicians on the first 2 tracks recorded in 1922 (Kid Ory, Mutt Carey and Ed Garland) also play on the final tracks recorded in 1944. Between these are tracks where Kid Ory plays with the bands of jazz "greats" King Oliver, Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton, as well as his own New Orleans Wanderers and New Orleans Bootblacks. Few CDs embrace such a wealth of talent, and the names of the individuals within these famous bands read like a roll of honour including Johnny Dodds, Jimmie Noone, Omer Simeon, Johnny StCyr, Bud Scott and many, many more. What a testimony to Kid Ory's greatness.
Also few CDs have such a commendable selection of numbers. In spite of remastering the first 1922 recordings of "Ory's Creole Trombone" and "Society Blues" are rather disappointing but are played by the composer in authentic New Orleans style, and the first number is repeated on a later track recorded magnificantly with Kid Ory towering above Louis Armstrong's Hot Five. The Louis Armstrong band also features other Ory compositions "Muskrat Ramble" and "Savoy Blues".
However it is the earlier recordings with King Oliver's Dixie Syncopators where Kid Ory's diversity of performance is best demonstrated with "Wa Wa Wa", "Tack Annie", "New Wang Wang Blues" and "Snag It", together with his superlative contributions to Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers including Morton's own "Grandpa's Spells" and "Cannon Ball Blues". It is satisfying that the tracks chosen for Kid Ory playing with his own groups are all Armstrong numbers. My favourites are "Perdido Street Blues" and "Gatemouth" for his New Orleans Wanderers, and "Mad Dog" for his New Orleans Bootblacks.
The final 5 tracks are all classics, being "High Society", "Sugar Foot Stomp", Muskrat Ramble" (again), "Thats A Plenty" and "Panama Rag". As stated 3 of the initial musicians on the CD are in the line up of the Creole Jazz Band for these recordings, and they are joined by such "greats" as Jimmie Noone, Bud Scott and Zutty Singleton on these final numbers. Everything appears set up perfectly for a grand finale, but unfortunately the quality of the radio broadcast recording in 1944 leaves something to be desired. The historical importance of these recordings must be acknowledged, but for easy listening I avoid the first 2 tracks from 1922 and these 1944 radio broadcast numbers. Even so - this still leaves 18 tracks to easily justify a "5-star" rating. With all the bands on the CD, and within the various groupings of musicians, Kid Ory's Creole trombone stands out both as part of ensemble playing and as performing solos. I can vouch for the sub-title of this Kid Ory CD as "greatest recordings 1922-1944". This CD is a GREAT.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is a great CD demonstrating Kid Ory's talents as virtuoso or ensemble player but it is marred by the first couple of poor 1922 recordings and an unbalanced 1944 radio broadcast - without these it could be rated 5-star. Kid Ory plays trombone with bands of the `greats' of New Orleans jazz - Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton etc. and alongside other talented musicians such as Johnny Dodds, Jimmie Noone, Omer Simeon, Johnny StCyr etc. Possibly the best of this group is the second version of `Ory's Creole Trombone' where he towers above Louis Armstrong's Hot Five, together with `Grandpa's Spells' and `Cannon Ball Blues' with Jelly Roll Morton's Red Peppers. Kid Ory also plays with his own bands of which my favourites are `Perdido Street Blues and `Gatemouth' with his New Orleans Wanderers, and `Mad Dog' for his `New Orleans Bootblacks', and in addition he features his own compositions `Muskrat Ramble' and `Savoy Blues'. This CD is a testimony to New Orleans greatest tailgate trombonist.