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Feat. Russell Senter


Recorded in Chicago during June of 1924 featuring Boyd Senter clarinet, accompanied by Jack Russell piano, and Russell Senter drums.

*"Mobile Blues" was composed by Fred Rose and Albert Short.

On this Paramount release produced sometime during 1924 rising star Boyd Senter proves deserving of his future nickname long before he was ever billed as "The Jazzologist Supreme".

Boyd's first sides were recorded by Orlando B. Marsh's Autograph label which he claims to be among the very first electric recordings. Consisting mainly of some solo efforts these early records were issued on the Pathe, Perfect, and Paramount labels and sold very well. "To this day they still owe me over $4,000 in royalties," recalled Boyd. Then eventually in 1927 the celebrated reed-man switched over to OKeh for a time first utilizing a trio made up of himself, Eddie Lang on guitar, and of course Jack Russell on piano.

Apparently this title is the only one to include Boyd's brother Russell Senter hitting some sort of rudimentary percussion instrument (washboard, side drum?). It is clearly audible if, like the whole thing, typical of the low standard of recording on these Autographs. I think it was Jelly Roll Morton who said of the company's pious claim to use an electrical recording process, "The only thing electric in that studio was the light bulb!". Of all Morton's outragious claims, this one was undoutedly true. -Henry Davis

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