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CLARENCE WILLIAMS - Baby, Won't You Please Come Home? - His 26 Finest

CLARENCE WILLIAMS - Baby, Won't You Please Come Home? - His 26 Finest
CD / Product Number: RTR4303

Here is the finest single disc summary of the career of Clarence Williams (1893-1965), one of the most influential figures in jazz. Clarence was a jazz phenomenon: pianist, singer, arranger, composer, leader, dancer, record producer, music publisher, entrepreneur and even jug blower! In some ways he is one of the great unsung figures in jazz, yet he made a lasting impression through his outstanding musicality. While not a ‘great’ soloist he always managed to stamp the finished result with his personality, and had the ability to make a small band sound like a much larger one. He was a brilliant hustler and a master at making record dates come together, and his legacy of more than 300 tracks contains many true classics.
Retrospective’s tribute to Clarence Williams encapsulates all his talents in 26 tracks recorded during the decade 1923-1933. A fine songwriter, the title-track (with Clarence singing) is just one of 17 of his own compositions. He is heard playing piano solo on his Wild Flower Rag and duetting (and exchanging patter) with James P. Johnson on his I’ve Found A New Baby. A sensitive accompanist, he played with such as Bessie Smith (Gulf Coast Blues) and Ethel Waters (West End Blues and the decidedly ‘blue’ Organ Grinder Blues), and six tracks feature his wife, the fine singer Eva Taylor (Everybody Loves My Baby . . .). And just listen to his jug blowing on He Wouldn’t Stop Doin’ It! It was Williams who encouraged the young Sidney Bechet (Wild Cat Blues), and arranged for the first meeting on disc in 1924/5 of Bechet and the other supreme jazz soloist, Louis Armstrong, producing such timeless jazz classics as Cake Walking Babies From Home.


Eva Taylor Vocals on Tracks 7-10, 14 and 25

CW and his Jazz Kings
1. Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home?
Bessie Smith with CW
2. Gulf Coast Blues
CW and his Blue Five
3. Wild Cat Blues
4. Kansas City Man Blues
5. ’Tain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do
6. Texas Moaner Blues
7. Everybody Loves My Baby
8. Mandy, Make Up Your Mind
9. Cake Walking Babies From Home
10. Papa De-Da-Da
CW and his Jazz Kings
11. Gravier Street Blues
12. Candy Lips, I’m Stuck On You
CW and his Washboard Five
13. Cushion Foot Stomp
CW and his Blue Five
14. Red Hot Flo From Kokomo
CW and his Washboard Five
15. Church Street Sobbin’ Blues
CW Piano Solo
16. Wild Flower Rag
Ethel Walter with CW
17. West End Blues
18. Organ Grinder Blues
CW and his Novelty Four
19. In The Bottle Blues
CW and his Jazz Kings
20. Breeze, Blow My Baby Back To Me
21. Whoop It Up
James P Johnson with CW
22. I’ve Found A New Baby
CW and his Washboard Band
23. Worn Out Blues
24. He Wouldn’t Stop Doin’ It
25. Shout, Sister, Shout!
CW and his Novelty Band
26. Dispossessin’ Me