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Definitive Dodds 1926-1927

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  • Audio CD (4 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Retrieval
  • ASIN: B001G55K9Y
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Much has been written about Johnny Dodds soulful, blues-soaked playing, his searing intensity and expressiveness, the seemingly endless inventiveness, his purity of tone, his single-minded dedication to his work and exquisite musical taste that was never less than 100%. He was also (along with Sidney Bechet) one of the few New Orleans clarinettists who could match Louis Armstrong's power and inventiveness and, as such, was a key figure in Armstrong's celebrated Hot Five and Hot Seven OKeh recordings.

This CD concentrates on one short period of Dodds' recording career - from the summer of 1926 to the autumn of 1927 - fifteen months that in many ways were the pinnacle of his recorded legacy. Among the titles recorded during this intensely creative period were two issued sides with Lill's Hot Shots (the Hot Five 'moonlighting' for another record company) including an alternate take of Drop That Sack, eight remarkable sides issued as by the New Orleans Wanderers and the New Orleans Bootblacks and eight titles as Johnny Dodds' Black Bottom Stompers, three of which exist as alternate takes.

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A very good collection, but the quality of the transfers is disappointing, and not up to the usual standard on this label. The sound is hard, shallow and congested.
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An excellent CD, featuring the talent from Armstrong's Hot Five/Seven recordings. Some of the best traditional jazz I have heard.
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The master in his element
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wonderful music
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great music, but a bit disappointing sonically 18 July 2012
By Mark Conlan - Published on Amazon.com
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Compared to other releases in the Retrieval Records series of jazz CD's, this one's a bit disappointing, both because it's less well transferred than their reissues of King Oliver and Freddie Keppard and because the playing time is short (surely more Johnny Dodds material from the period could have been included to fill it out to full CD capacity), and also much of the music (notably the New Orleans Wanderers and Bootblacks sessions -- same band, different names) is available elsewhere (notably the four-disc JSP boxed set "Coming Out of New Orleans"). Still, it's nice to have the "Lil's Hot Shots" session (Louis Armstrong's Hot Five recording under Armstrong's wife's name for another label -- he would probably have got away with it if he'd just played trumpet on the date, but he also sang on the song "Georgia Bo Bo" and executives for his home label, Okeh, recognized his voice immediately and asked him, "Who's that singing on that record?" Armstrong answered, "I don't know -- but I won't do it again!") and the two Black Bottom Stompers sessions with all the extant alternate takes.
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Dodds, 1926-27 17 Jun. 2012
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Johnny Dodds was one of the most important New Orleans musicians to play in Chicago during the 1920's, the beginning of recorded jazz. He played clarinet with King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Seven and Jelly Roll Morton's Trio. He also played and recorded with several less well-known groups, and his recordings cover a wide range of early jazz styles, from the complex mixtures of arrangements and improvisation with Oliver and Armstrong to the looser blues-drenched "skiffle" recordings with guitarist Blind Blake and pianist Jimmy Blythe.

This disc includes the eight sides by the New Orleans Wanderers and New Orleans Bootblacks which featured, along with Dodds, George Mitchell on cornet and Kid Ory on trombone. Especially outstanding is "Perdido Street Blues," which begins with an underlying riff and continues with haunting solos by Mitchell and especially Dodds. Also included are the sessions by the Black Bottom Stompers, six of which feature Louis Armstrong, but this time with Dodds as leader.

The remastering is up Retrieval's usual high standards (it's enough to say that John R.T. Davies was involved), and I feel this is the best reissue of these sides I've come across so far. An added plus is that the sides by each group are complete and presented in chronological order. A must-have for fans of 1920's New Orleans/Chicago jazz.
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