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Charlie Johnson was never a major pianist, but he led one of the top New York-based jazz bands of the 1925-1930 period. All of the recordings by his groups, including ten alternate takes, are on this highly recommended CD. Among the more notable sidemen are altoist Benny Carter (making his recording debut in 1928), tenor saxophonist Benny Waters, the fiery and very exciting trumpeter Jabbo Smith, trombonists Charlie Irvis and Jimmy Harrison, trumpeters Thomas Morris and Sidney DeParis, and singer Monette Moore. Such classic performances as "Don't You Leave Me Here," "You Ain't the One," "Charleston Is the Best Dance After All," and "Walk That Thing" still sound exciting and make this an essential release for 1920s collectors.


Born: November 21, 1891 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s

A decent pianist who rarely soloed, Charlie Johnson is of greatest significance for leading his Paradise Ten, an orchestra that had five excellent recording sessions during 1925-1929, and played at Smalls' Paradise during 1925-1935. Among the sidemen who appear on Johnson's records are trumpeters Jabbo Smith, Thomas Morris, Leonard Davis, and Sidney DeParis; trombonists Charlie Irvis and Jimmy Harrison; altoists Benny Carter (who made his recording debut with Johnson in 1927) and Edgar Sampson; and...
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Trad Jazz
  • Released: Sep 01, 2009

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