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Once Or Twice

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Feat. Alex Hill


This recording was made in Chicago on October 24th 1929 featuring Frankie Jaxon vocals, Jimmy Cobb cornet, Junie Cobb vocals, alto, & tenor sax, Alex Hill Piano, Eustern Woodfork banjo, William Lyle tuba, unknown baritone sax, and W E Burton drums.

*"Once Or Twice" was composed by Junie Cobb.

It is his best known composition.

Though at his best on reeds and piano Junie Cobb was also fluent on the violin, banjo, guitar, and trumpet.

Cobb recorded this tune three times. The first and second ones, in July 1929, were rejected together with all other selections on those sessions. This version was the only number recorded on that October day and, oddly, Rust offers no clue as to the personnel other than that the vocal is by Frankie Jaxon (which it clearly is). The line-up is cornet (Jimmy almost certainly), Junie starts, leading, on alto then after backing the vocal, changes to tenor during the piano solo, piano (probably Alex Hill, though Tiny Parham and Frank Melrose are also in the frame), banjo (Woodfork), tuba (William Lyle or Hayes Alvis), drums (W. E. Burton or Harry Dial) and a second sax (sounds more like a baritone than a bass sax) present in the final ensemble, probably Cecil Irwin. Neither violin nor clarinet are heard on this record. -Henry Davis

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