Seminal recordings of the trad clarinetist, recorded in Chicago in a variety of settings, mostly smaller bluesy groups of the sort that were inhabiting the south and west sides of town. Like Louis Armstrong, he supplanted his New Orleans style to Chicago, meshing it with the urban black musics that would become the roots of jazz. A dozen numbers in all, recorded with Jasper Taylor's State Street
Boys, Junie Cobb's Hometown Band, Viola Bartlette, Blind Blake
, the State Street
Rqamblers and Lovie Austin's Blues Serenaders, including "It Must Be The Blues", "State Street
Blues", "East Coast Trot", "Chicago Buzz", "Walk Easy 'Cause My Papa's Here", 'Southbound Rag", "Bohunkus Blues", "Buddy Burton's Jazz", "Cootie Stomp", "Weary Way Blues", "Chicago Mess Around" and "Gallion Stomp".
(White & blue label Bill Grauer Productions pressing, with microphone logo and deep groove. Vinyl has a mark that clicks on Side 2. Cover has a split top seam and spine, and a peeled spot from sticker removal.)