CD Jimmy O'Bryant's Washboard Band, Vol. 1 (1924-1925) (CD 867234),
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Jimmy O'Bryant's Washboard Band, Vol. 1 (1924-1925)

  • 1. Ske da De
    2. Black Hand Blues
    3. Uptown Daddy
    4. Broadway Daddy Blues
    5. Red Hot Mama
    6. Drunk Man's Strut
    7. Washboard (Blues)
    8. Brand-New Charleston
    9. Skoodlum Blues
    10. Midnight Strutters
    11. Georgia Breakdown (Snooping Blues)
    12. Blue-Eyed Sally
    13. Three J Blues
    14. Steppin' on the Gas
    15. Hot-Hot-Hottentot
    16. Alabamy Bound
    17. Clarinet Getaway
    18. Back Alley Rub
    19. Joys, The (Slow Motion Special)
    20. Everybody Pile - (Take 1)
    21. Everybody Pile - (Take 2)
    22. Charleston Fever
    23. Switch It, Miss Mitchell
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1518

  • Credits
    ProducerJohnny Parth (Compilation)

    & The Famous Original Washboard Band.
    Personnel includes: Jimmy O'Bryant (clarinet); Julia Davis, Sodarisa Miller, Ruth Coleman (vocals); Bob Shoffner (cornet); Jimmy Blythe (piano); Jasper Taylor (washboard).
    Includes liner notes by Ross Willby.
    Digitally remastered by Gerhard Wesely (Soundboom Studios, Vienna, Austria).
    Personnel: Jimmy O'Bryant (clarinet); Ruth Coleman (cello); Bob Shoffner, Tommy Ladnier (cornet); Jimmy Blythe, Lovie Austin (piano); Jasper Taylor (washboard).
    Audio Remasterer: Gerhard Wessely.
    Recording information: 11/1924-07/1925.
    On the first of two CDs released by the Austrian RST label, clarinetist Jimmy O'Bryant, a long-forgotten but talented player who died in 1928, is featured on his ironically titled Famous Original Washboard Band (a trio/quartet with pianist Jimmy Blythe, Jasper Taylor on washboard, and guest cornetist Bob Shoffner) on 19 selections. In addition, O'Bryant and Blythe accompany singer Sodarisa Miller during two songs, and O'Bryant, cornetist Tommy Ladnier, and pianist Lovie Austin assist blues singer Julia Davis on two others. O'Bryant, who in his best moments sounds close to the great Johnny Dodds, was not a major soloist, although he might have grown into a stronger talent were it not for his premature death. The primitive recording quality of these early performances may put some off, but O'Bryant plays quite well, and many of his originals have not been revived and are worth investigating. 1920s jazz fans will want this CD along with the second volume. ~ Scott Yanow

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