From the Record Shelves #24

Senegalese Stomp

Retrieval FJ-121

Eva Taylor had a sweet voice. I was fortunate to meet her and hear her perform live here in Malmö and Copenhagen in the 70s. Most material on this LP was rare at the time of its release. They stem from a period between the most distinct sounds of the Clarence Williams groups, between the Blue Fives featuring Bechet and Armstrong and the ones dominated by Ed Allen’s cornet playing.

I have selected an instrumental number mostly because of its way to immediately start with a hot blues chorus that gives us a chance to hear the great cornet player Tommy Ladnier at his peak when he was a member of Fletcher Henderson’s Orchestra. The complicated arrangement is excellently played by a frontline including other members of this famous orchestra Coleman Hawkins on tenor, Buster Bailey, clarinet and Jimmy Harrison on trombone.