Full Title: Sugar Foot Stomp/The Original Decca Recordings.
Personnel: Joe "King" Oliver (cornet); Bud Scott (vocals, banjo); Richard M. Jones, Clarence Williams (vocals, piano); Paul Barbarin (vocals, drums); Georgia Taylor (vocals); Omer Simeon, Albert Nicholas, Billy Paige, Barney Bigard (soprano & tenor saxophones, clarinet); Paul "Stump" Evans, Paul Barnes (soprano & alto saxophones); Darnell Howard, Ernest Elliot (alto saxophone, clarinet); Arville Harris (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Bob Shoffner (trumpet); Thomas "Tick" Gray (cornet); Jimmy Archey, Edward "Kid" Ory (trombone); Bert Cobb, Cyrus St. Clair (tuba); Johnny Dodds (clarinet); Luis Russell (piano).
Recorded in Chicago between 1926 and 1928. Includes liner notes by Steven Lasker.
Personnel: King Oliver (cornet); Bud Scott (vocals, banjo); Clarence Williams, Richard M. Jones (vocals, piano); Paul Barbarin (vocals, drums); George Taylor (vocals); Leroy Harris (banjo); Bill Paige, Albert Nicholas, Omer Simeon (clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Barney Bigard (clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Darnell Howard, Ernest Elliott (clarinet, alto saxophone); Arville Harris (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Johnny Dodds (clarinet); Paul Barnes , Paul Evans (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Bob Shoffner (trumpet); Jimmy Archey, Kid Ory (trombone); Cyrus St. Clair, Bert Cobb (tuba); Luis Russell (piano).
Recording information: 03/11/1926-06/11/1928.
This Decca reissue CD put out by GRP is a fine sampler of King Oliver's 1926-28 recordings with his Dixie Syncopators. The hot jazz dance music is highlighted by several classics ("Too Bad," "Snag It," "Jackass Blues," "Sobbin' Blues," "Farewell Blues" and two versions of "Snag It"). With such sidemen as trombonist Kid Ory, clarinetists Albert Nicholas and Omer Simeon and Barney Bigard on tenor and clarinet, Oliver's suppporting cast is quite strong. The cornetist was himself starting to fade during this period but does take a few heated solos and his break on "Snag It" remains quite famous. True King Oliver collectors, though, will want to bypass this one and instead acquire the entries in one of the more comprehensive European complete series. ~ Scott Yanow