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Feat. Charlie Holmes


Recorded in New York City on June 2nd 1930 featuring Ward Pinkett and unknown trumpet, Geechie Fields trombone, unknown clarinet, Charlie Holmes alto sax, Joe Thomas tenor sax, Walter Thomas baritone sax, Jelly Roll Morton piano & leader, Lee Blair banjo, Billy Taylor tuba, and Cozy Cole drums.

*"Crazy Chords" was composed by Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton.

Jelly Roll Morton, having no regular band at the time and still with a Victor recording contract to fulfill, 'borrowed' musicians from various bands. Is it possible to recognize a rather undistinguished clarinet player suggested for this session as well as one on October 9th 1930? The clarinet sounds like the same musician on both "Crazy Chords" and "Gambling Jack" recorded on the later October date. The only suggestion of Happy Caldwell being present for the June 2nd session is in the personnel given on the JSP CD release - which in itself is at variance with the blurb written by Sally-Ann Worsfold included with the liner notes for the same CD!. The alto player heard here is unmistakably Charlie Holmes. As far as I am aware Caldwell first recorded for Morton playing tenor saxophone, not alto, in 1939. -Henry Davies

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