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Feat. Punch Miller


This recording was made in Chicago on July 2nd 1928 featuring Punch Miller cornet, Charles Lawson trombone, Charles Johnson clarinet & alto sax, Tiny Parham piano, Papa Charlie Jackson banjo, Quinn Wilson tuba, and Ernie Marrero drums.

*"Stuttering Blues" was composed by Tiny Parham.

Although many discographies and sleeve notes show Tiny Parham doubling on Celeste for all of the "His Musicians'" sessions evidence derived from closer examination of the audio now shows that he only played the instrument on his December 3rd 1929 recording, "Cathedral Blues".

After the intro a clarinet fill is played by Charles Johnson over Tiny's tinkling piano until the forceful presence of Punch Miller's horn abruptly brings the heat with a familiar Southern motif about forty-five seconds in.

Not to be outdone Maxwell Street's one and only six-string banjo icon "Papa" Charlie Jackson provides his own trademark solo leading directly into the wailing reed of Charlie Johnson's alto.

Then following one progression's worth of tuba, the Parham Band come together in classic climactic conclusion.

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