Re: Johnny Dodds
- oh and there's an anthology on Upbeat that includes his last recordings and regarding which I dutifully contributed a rave review for New Orleans Music magazine when it came out a couple of years ago. It's great because it's Dodds, but infuriating because it's an anthology and as such can't be recommended over the more scholarly issues on Frog, Retrieval, Black Swan, Archaeophone, and Timeless.
--- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, "Robert" <robertgreenwood_54uk@...> wrote:
> The King Oliver Original Creole Jazz Band sides recorded for Gennett and Okeh in 1923, best found now on an Archaeophone double CD with near-miraculous sound quality.
> You should also look into the two Dodds CDs on Black Swan that cover various sides he made for Paramount, and the CD on Retrieval that covers the NO Bootblacks, Wanderers, etc.
> Robert Greenwood
- Belatedly. We have here previously considered the relative merits of the
Retrieval and Archeophone Oliver CJB issues -- and I don't know where the O
crept in from.
Ideally, one should own both although generally the JRT Davies
transcriptions on the Retrieval sound more like real music, even if
sometimes less detail is discernable. Archeophone did have better sources in
several cases, especially the OKehs, but JRT's Columbias are far better.
Dodds, and any music from our period, is still best heard on JRT versions
which means the two Frogs and the Timeless with Blythe, although as far as I
know the tracks still run in wrong order, and the old JSP 1926-1928.
As far as I know, regrettably no JRT of the Paramounts including the Lovie
Austins. I don't have the Black Swans and am somewhat sceptical of the sound
quality from that stable. Can anybody report and is there a CD alternative ?
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