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King Oliver

Friday 15 February 2008 22:30-23:30 (Radio 3)

Alyn Shipton is joined by pianist Keith Nichols to assess the recordings from New Orleans cornettist and bandleader King Oliver.

Duration:

1 hour

Playlist

Playlist
DISC 1
Title Sugar Blues
Artist King Oliver and His Orchestra
Composer Fletcher / Williams
Album King Oliver Dixie Syncopators, vol. 2
Label Frog
Number DGF 35 Track 19
Personnel: KO, Dave Nelson, Red Elkins, t; Benny Morton, tb; Paul Barnes, Clarence Wheeler, Freddie Skerritt, reeds; Hank Duncan, p; Ernest Myers, bj; Lionel Nipton, tu; Freddie Moore, d. 18 Feb 1931NYC.

DISC 2
Title Just Gone
Artist King Oliver's Creole Jazz band
Composer Oliver / Johnson
Album Off The Record, the Complete 1923 Jazz Band recordings
Label Archaeophone
Number OTR MM6 C2 CD1 Track 1
Personnel: King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, c; Honore Dutrey tb; Johnny Dodds, cl; Lil Hardin, p; Bill Johnson, bj; Baby Dodds, d. 5 April 1923: Richmond IND.

DISC 3
Title Weather Bird Rag
Artist King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band
Composer Armstrong
Album Off The Record, the Complete 1923 Jazz Band recordings
Label Archaeophone
Number OTR MM6 C2 CD1 Track 6
Personnel: as above, 6 April 1923: Richmond IND

DISC 4
Title Dipper mouth Blues
Artist King Oliver's Creole Jazz band
Composer Oliver / Armstrong
Album Off The Record, the Complete 1923 Jazz Band recordings
Label Archaeophone
Number OTR MM6 C2 CD1 Track 7
Personnel and date as Weather Bird Rag.


DISC 5
Title Dippermouth Blues
Artist King Oliver's Creole Jazz band
Composer Oliver / Armstrong
Album Off The Record, the Complete 1923 Jazz Band recordings
Label Archaeophone
Number OTR MM6 C2 CD1 Track 15
Personnel as above: 23 June 1923: Chicago.

DISC 6
Title Riverside Blues
Artist King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band
Composer Dorsey / Jones
Album Off The Record, the Complete 1923 Jazz Band recordings
Label Archaeophone
Number OTR MM6 C2 CD2 Track 13
Personnel: as above but Scott is replaced by Johnny St Cyr, and Charlie Jackson is added on bsx. Chicago Oct 1923.

DISC 7
Title Wa Wa Wa
Artist King Oliver and His Dixie Syncopators
Composer Schaefer
Album Dippermouth Blues: His 25 Greatest Hits
Label Living Era
Number 5218 Track 9
Personnel: KO, c; Bob Shoffner, t; Kid Ory, tb; Albert Nicholas, Billy Paige, Barney Bigard, reeds; Luis Russell, p; Bud Scott, p; Bert Cobb, tu; Paul Barbarin, d. 29 May 1926 Chicago.

DISC 8
Title Snag It
Artist King Oliver
Composer King Oliver and His Dixie Syncopators
Album Dippermouth Blues: His 25 Greatest Hits
Label Living Era
Number 5218 Track 7
Personnel: KO, c; Bob Shoffner, t; Kid Ory, tb; Stump Evans, Darnell Howard, Barney Bigard, reeds; Luis Russell, p; Bud Scott, p; Bert Cobb, tu; Paul Barbarin, d. 17 Sept 1926 Chicago.

DISC 9
Title Death Sting me Blues
Artist Sara Martin
Composer anon
Album Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 4 (1925-8)
Label Document
Number DOCD 5398 Track 20
Personnel: Sara Martin Voc. Clarence Williams and His Orchestra: KO, c; unknown, tb; Arville Harris, cl; Clarence Williams, p; Cyrus St Clair, tu. Nov 1928; Long Island City.

DISC 10
Title Jet Bladk Blues
Artist Blind Willie Dunn Gin Bottle Four
Composer Johnson
Album Eddie Lang: Handful of Riffs
Label Living Era
Number 5061 Track 13
Personnel: KO, c; (or Tommy Dorsey?); unknown, p, voc, perc; Eddie Lang, Lonnie Johnson, g. 1 May 1929 NYC.

DISC 11
Title Too Late
Artist King Oliver and His Orchestra
Composer Nelson / Oliver
Album Complete Victors, Vol. 1: Call of the Freaks
Label Frog
Number DGF 64 Track 17
Personnel: KO, Dave Nelson, t; Jimmy Archey, tb; Bobby Holmes, Glyn Pacque, Charles Frazier, reeds; Don Frye, p; Arthur Taylor, bj; Clinton Walker, tu; Edmund Jones, d. 8 Oct 1929 NYC.

DISC 12
Title Shake It and Break It
Artist King Oliver and His Orchestra
Composer Frisco / Clark
Album Complete Victorss, Vol. 2
Label Frog
Number DGF 85 Track 15
Personnel: KO, Red Allen, Dave Nelson, t; Jimmy Archey, tb; Hilton Jefferson, Glyn Pacque, unknown, reeds; Hank Duncan, p; Arthur Taylor, bj; Lionel Niptonr, tu; Freddie Moore, d. 10 Sept 1930 NYC.

DISC 13
Title Sweet Like This
Artist King Oliver and His Orchestra
Composer Oliver / Nelson
Album Complete Victors, Vol. 1: Call of the Freaks
Label Frog
Number DGF 64 Track 16
Personnel: as for Too Late, same date.

DISC 14
Title Papa De Da Da
Artist King Oliver and His Orchestra
Composer S and C Williams / Todd
Album Dixie Syncopators Vol, 2
Label Frog
Number DGF 35 Track 16
Personnel: KO, Ward Pinkett, Dave Nelson, Bill Dillard, t; Jimmy Archey, tb; Buster Bailey, Moon Jones, Bingie Madison, Freddie Skerritt, reeds; Gene Rodgers, p; Goldie Lucas, bj; Richard Fullbright, tu; Bill Beason, d. 9 Jan 1931 NYC.


read Alyn Shipton's King Oliver biography - http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/jazz/profiles/joe_oliver.shtml
email the programme at jazzlibrary@bbc.co.uk




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