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The music on this LP (which has been reissued on CD by the Classics label) features clarinetist Johnny Dodds in prime form. Not all of the personnel listings are accurate; Joe Clark is on alto with the New Orleans Wanderers and Bootblacks while trombonist Honore Dutrey and drummer Baby Dodds are with the Chicago Footwarmers and the Dixieland Thumpers rather than Kid Ory and Jimmy Bertrand. However most of the music is beyond criticism. The eight titles from the New Orleans Wanderers and the New Orleans Bootblacks feature what was Louis Armstrong's Hot Five with altoist Joe Clark added and cornetist George Mitchell in Armstrong's place. Best known is "Perdido Street Blues" but the other selections (especially "Gate Mouth" and "Papa Dip") are also superb examples of classic New Orleans jazz. In addition, there are four songs from other pickup groups matching Dodds with trumpeter Natty Dominique and pianist Jimmy Blythe; "Oriental Man" is most memorable. Highly recommended music in one form or another.

Biography

Born: 12 April 1892 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Jazz

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

One of the all-time great clarinetists and arguably the most significant of the 1920s, Johnny Dodds (whose younger brother Baby Dodds was among the first important drummers) had a memorable tone in both the lower and upper registers, was a superb blues player, and held his own with Louis Armstrong (no mean feat) on his classic Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings. He did not start on clarinet until he was 17 but caught on fast, being mostly self-taught. Dodds was with Kid Ory's band during most of 1912-1919,...
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