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Pianist Oliver Naylor's Seven Aces were a fine jazz-influenced dance band that recorded during 1924-25. The emphasis was generally on ensembles (cornetist Edward "Pinky" Gerbrecht rarely got away from the melody even during his short spots) and, although there were occasional solos, the group did not include any jazz geniuses. Trombonist Charles Hartman (who considered Miff Mole his main influence, although he sometimes sounds a little like Kid Ory) is the most interesting individual voice. All of the band's recordings (including two from Naylor's ten-piece orchestra, which has Bob Zurke on second piano, and a pair of related numbers by "Pinkie's Birmingham Five") are on this interesting CD, which finds the group playing in the mainstream of the era. 1920s collectors will want this reissue.


Genre: Pop

Years Active: '20s

Oliver Naylor recorded 19 selections with his Seven Aces during 1924-25, excellent examples of high-quality white jazz that was influenced by the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. The performances are pretty much forgotten today but a 1997 Retrieval CD has all of the music (plus two numbers from the related band Pinkie's Birmingham Five) and shows that Naylor had a frequently exciting group. Naylor formed his first band in 1923, a similar outfit to the one that would record. The group's big break happened...
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