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It Must Be The Blues

Jasper Taylor & His
State Street Boys


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Feat. Freddie Keppard


Recorded in Chicago during January of 1927 featuring Freddie Keppard cornet, Eddie Ellis trombone, Johnny Dodds clarinet, Tiny Parham piano, and Jasper Taylor washboard & leader.

*"It Must Be The Blues" was composed by Tiny Parham.

Percussionist of early jazz Jasper Taylor began his career touring with Wild West shows before landing in Memphis in 1913 where he found work playing xylophone in local theaters. It was there while performing with the great bandleader W.C. Handy that he is cited as being the first to introduce washboard accompaniment to jazz. He went on to play with Jelly Roll Morton, Clarence Williams, Fess Williams, and others, in addition to recording with his own groups on occasion. On this side made with his "State Street Boys" Taylor leads the group; relying on the original repertoire of pianist Tiny Parham.

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