Shake It & Break It

Shake It & Break It

by King Oliver


Jazz Hour's Shake It & Break It contains 22 old-fashioned jazz records that were cut for Brunswick, Victor and Vocalion during the last 15 months of King Oliver's recording career. Beginning with a pair of tunes from the session of November 6, 1929 which featured James P. Johnson at the piano, this collection samples most of Joe Oliver's late period recordings, right through to his very last session, a Vocalion date with the Chocolate Dandies on April 15, 1931. By late 1929, King Oliver's chops had deteriorated to the point where trumpet solos were performed by others, most notably Oliver's nephew Dave Nelson, Bubber Miley and Henry "Red" Allen. Other important players who sat in on some of these records were trombonist Jimmy Archey, reedmen Buster Bailey and Hilton Jefferson, and steel guitarist Roy Smeck, spotlighted on "Everybody Does It in Hawaii." This is an OK taste of King Oliver, although his earlier recordings give a better indication of what he could do with a cornet and how smaller, more authentically New Orleans-styled groups operated under his commanding leadership. Anyone who sides with Louis Armstrong by maintaining love and respect for Oliver will gratefully absorb his complete recordings without judging any of them too harshly. The best way to listen to King Oliver is sequentially, using all five of his volumes from the Classics chronological series; add on King Oliver's sessions as a sideman with Clarence Williams and you'll get the bigger picture.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/20/1996
Label: A Jazz Hour With
UPC: 0789368323722
catalogNumber: 73536

Album Credits

Performance Credits

King Oliver   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Henry "Red" Allen   Trumpet
James P. Johnson   Piano
Gene Rodgers   Piano
Roy Smeck   Harmonica,Steel Guitar
Bubber Miley   Trumpet
Jimmy Archey   Trombone
Bill Beason   Drums,Snare Drums
Charlie Frazier   Tenor Saxophone
Don Frye   Piano
Richard "Dick" Fullbright   Bass,Tuba
Hilton Jefferson   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Edmund Jones   Drums
Goldie Lucas   Banjo,Vocals
Bingie Madison   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Fred Moore   Drums,Snare Drums
Dave Nelson   Trumpet,Vocals
Ward Pinkett   Trumpet,Vocals
Clinton Walker   Bass
Carroll Dickerson   Violin
Henry Duncan   Piano
Eric Franker   Piano
Bobby Holmes   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Frankie Marvin   Tenor Saxophone
Glyn Pacque   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Walter Wheeler   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
James P. Johnson & His Orchestra   Piano
Arthur Taylor   Banjo
Henry Thaddeus Jones   Alto Saxophone
Henry Jones   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
King Oliver   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Bingie Madison   Arranger
Dave Nelson   Composer
Clinton Walker   Brass Band
Clarence Williams   Composer
Clarence Todd   Composer
Skip Voogd   Liner Notes
Grant Clarke   Composer
Elsie McWilliams   Composer
Pierre Norman Connor   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Loran L. Watson   Director
Joe Primrose   Composer
Clinton A. Kemp   Composer
Lou Chicha Friscoe   Composer

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