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State Street Ramblers Vol. 1 (1927-1931)

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Album Review

The Austrian RST label has on two CDs reissued the complete output of The State Street Ramblers, a primitive but very spirited series of groups that recorded during 1927-28 and 1931 under that name. The first set has three selections that feature clarinetist Johnny Dodds and cornetist Natty Dominique in a quartet, Natty is showcased on six other erratic numbers (his solo on "Tack It Down" is hilariously bad), there is a sextet with alto, clarinet and the humorous vocal interjections of W.E. Burton and, for the final selections, three exciting numbers in which trombonist Roy Palmer dominates. Although not essential, fans of early jazz will want these occasionally riotous performances.

Biography

Formed: 1927

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s

The name State Street Ramblers was used for four different overlapping groups that recorded in 1928 and 1931. The first session features clarinetist Johnny Dodds but most of the other performances (which include such musicians as cornetist Natty Dominique, pianist Jimmy Blythe, trombonist Roy Palmer, clarinetist Darnell Howard, and either W.E. Burton or Alfred Bell on kazoo and vocals) were...
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