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Kid Ory: The Complete Sunshine, Exner, Decca Recordings 1922-45 &
Kid Ory And His Creole Jazz Band
Featuring: Kid Ory, trombone; Mutt Carey, trumpet Fred Washington, piano; Roberta Dudley, vocal, Ruth Lee, vocal; Cecile Ory (Kid Ory’s wife), vocal; Ed Garland stand-up bass; Zutty Singleton, drums, and others…
Genre: New Orleans Jazz.
Edward "Kid" Ory (1886-1973) has the distinction of having led the first African-American band from New Orleans to make it on to record, surprisingly enough on the West Coast, where he had moved in 1919. All six recordings are included here, two band sides and four accompaniments to vaudeville-blues singers. The discs appeared on two labels, Nordskog and Sunshine.
Ory's band, then playing at the Wayside Park Cafe, included two important figures in cornetist Mutt Carey (1891-1948), and clarinettist Dink Johnson (1892-1954), later better known as a pianist and as Jelly Roll Morton's brother-in-law. Discographies list Montudi "Ed" Garland on bass, but he appears to be present only in spirit. Some profess to hear an attempt to copy the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, but I would guess that those who hold this view have not heard the Blues sides. Incidentally, nothing much seems to be known about either singer beyond what can be deduced from the records, viz that Roberta Dudley was a Blues singer as then understood, and Ruth Lee was a cabaret artiste. Continued...
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