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Jazz Oracle BDW 8041 BDW 8041
Fess Williams, 1926-1930 (2 CD set)
The complete Victor recordings, including all known takes, as well as nine alternate takes from Williams' Vocalion/Brunswick sessions not included on Retrieval RTR 79032.

Disc 1

Fess Williams’ Royal Flush Orchestra

Stanley “Fess” Williams (cl,as,v) directing George Temple (t), David “Jelly” James (tb), Perry Smith (cl,ts,v), Henry “Hank” Duncan (p), Oliver “Ollie” Blackwell (bjo), Ralph Bedell (d).
New York, October 1, 1926
1. E3887 Heebie Jeebies (Atkins-Jones)-vFW Brunswick 3351

New York, November 30, 1926
2. 36985-2 What Did Rome-O-Juliet (---)-vFW Test
3. 36986-2 Nobody But My Baby Is Getting My Love (---)-vFW-PS Test

Stanley “Fess” Williams (v) accompanied by David “Jelly” James (tb), 2 unknown (as,ts), Otto Mikell (bar), Henry “Hank” Duncan (p), Clinton Walker (bb). One of the saxophonists also plays oboe.
New York, February 25, 1927
4. E4599 Gambler’s Blues (Moore-Baxter)-vFW Vocalion 1087

Stanley “Fess” Williams (cl,as,v) directing George Temple (t), Kenneth Roane (t,arr), David “Jelly” James (tb), Perry Smith (cl,ts), Otto Mikell (cl,as,bar,bsx), Henry “Hank” Duncan (p), Oliver “Ollie” Blackwell (bjo), Clinton Walker (bb), Ralph Bedell (d).
New York, March 28, 1927
5. E22362 Variety Stomp (Henderson-Green-Trent) Brunswick 3532

New York, March 28, 1927
6. E23634 Alligator Crawl (---) Brunswick 3589

Fess Williams and His Joy Boys

Stanley “Fess” Williams (cl) directing “Fats” Robins (t,oboe), Reuben Reeves (t), Eddie Atkins-William Franklin (tb), Ralph Brown (as,oboe), Norval Morton (ts,f), Clarence Lee-Bobby Wall-Joe McCutchin (vln), Lawrence W. Dixon (bjo,vc), Sudie Reynaud (sb), Jasper Taylor (d).
Chicago, April 3, 1928
7. E7291 Dixie Stomp (Tremaine) Vocalion 15690
8. E7292 Drifting and Dreaming (Sweet Paradise) (Gillespie-Van Alstyne) Vocalion 15690

Fess Williams and His Royal Flush Orchestra

Stanley “Fess” Williams (cl,as,v,speech) directing George Temple (t), Kenneth Roane (t,arr), David “Jelly” James (tb), Lockwood Lewis (as), Perry Smith (cl,ts,speech), Felix Gregory (cl,as,ts), Henry “Hank” Duncan (p), Oliver “Ollie” Blackwell-Andy Pendleton (bjo), Emanuel Casamore (bb), Ralph Bedell (d).
New York, April 17, 1929
9. 51234-2 Here ‘Tis (Fess Williams) Victor V-38056
10. 51235-2 A Few Riffs (Fess Williams) Victor V-38064
11. 51236-2 Hot Town (Fess Williams)-spFW-PS Victor V-38077

Felix Gregory omitted.
New York, April 22, 1929
12. 51198-1 Friction (Fess Williams) Victor V-38056
13. 51199-1 Kentucky Blues (Walter Brown) Victor V-38077
14. 51900-2 Do Shuffle (Kenneth A. Roane) Victor V-38064

Ralph Brown-Felix Gregory (as) replace Lockwood Lewis.
Camden, NJ, May 15, 1929
15. 50882-2 Snag Nasty (Kenneth Roane) Victor V-38128
16. 50883-2 Big Shot (Fess Williams-Hank Duncan) Victor V-38128

Camden, NJ, May 16, 1929
17. 50889-2 Sell It (Fess Williams) Victor V-38062
18. 50890-1 Betsy Brown (Geo. Temple) Victor V-38062

Stanley “Fess” Williams (cl,as,v) directing George Temple (t), John Brown (t,v), David “Jelly” James (tb), Ralph Brown-Felix Gregory (as), Perry Smith (cl,ts,v), Henry “Hank” Duncan (p), Oliver “Ollie” Blackwell or Andy Pendleton (bjo), Emanuel Casamore (bb), Ralph Bedell (d,v).
Camden, NJ, September 20, 1929
19. 55928-1 Sweet Savannah Sue (Razaf-Waller-Brooks)-vFW Victor V-38085
20. 55929-3 Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Razaf-Waller-Brooks) -vFW-JB-PS-RB Victor V-38085
21. 55930-3 Buttons (Stanley Bennett) Victor V-38095
22. 55931-2 Musical Camp Meeting (Fess Williams) Victor V-38095

Bobby Holmes (cl,as) replaces Gregory or Brown.
New York, December 6, 1929
23. 57197-1 Goin’ To Get ‘Cha (Fess Williams) Victor V-38106
24. 57198-1 Hot Mama (---) Test
25. 57199-2 Your Smiling Face (---) Test

Disc 2

Same personnel.
New York, December 6, 1929
1. 57200-2 Slide, Mr. Jelly, Slide (Fess Williams) Victor V-38106

Stanley “Fess” Williams (cl,as,v) directing George Temple-John Brown (t), David “Jelly” James (tb), Bobby Holmes (cl,as), Ralph Brown or Felix Gregory (as), Perry Smith (cl,ts), Henry “Hank” Duncan (p), Oliver “Ollie” Blackwell or Andy Pendleton (bjo), Emanuel Casamore (bb), Ralph Bedell (d), Frank Marvin (v).
New York, April 18, 1930
2. 59757-1 She’s Still Dizzy (Temple) Victor 23025
3. 59758-1 Hot Mama (Jelly James) Victor 22864
4. 59759-1 ‘Leven-Thirty Saturday Night (Burtnett-Grantham- Kirkpatrick)-vFM Victor V-38131
5. 59760-2 I’m Feelin’ Devilish (Maceo Pinkhard)-vFW Victor V-38131

Emanuel Clark (t) replaces Temple; Walter “Fats” Pichon replaces Duncan; one of the reedmen omitted.
New York, July 10, 1930
6. 62335-1 All For Grits And Gravy (Easton) Victor 23025
7. 62336-1 Playing My Saxophone (F. Williams)-vFW Victor 24153
8. 62337-2 You Can’t Go Wrong (F. Williams)-vFW Victor 24153

New York, July 23, 1930
9. 63303-2 Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider (Eddie Leonard)-vFW&ch Victor 23005
10. 63305-1 Everything’s O.K. With Me (Davis-Coots)-vFW Victor 23003

Camden, NJ, July 31, 1930
11. 63302-4 Dinah (Lewis-Young-Akst)-vFW Victor 23005
12. 63304-5 Just To Be With You Tonight (Fusman-Samuels- Sandry)-vFW Victor 23003

Alternate Takes

Stanley “Fess” Williams (cl,as,v) directing George Temple (t), Kenneth Roane (t,arr), David “Jelly” James (tb), Perry Smith (cl,ts), Gene Mikell (cl,as,bar,bsx), Henry “Hank” Duncan (p), Oliver “Ollie” Blackwell (bjo), Clinton Walker (bb), Ralph Bedell (d).
New York, March 28, 1927
13. E22363 Variety Stomp (Henderson-Green-Trent) Brunswick 3532

Stanley “Fess” Williams (cl,as,v) directing George Temple (t), Kenneth Roane (t,arr), David “Jelly” James (tb), Lockwood Lewis (as), Perry Smith (cl,ts), Felix Gregory (cl,as,ts), Henry “Hank” Duncan (p), Oliver “Ollie” Blackwell-Andy Pendleton (bjo), Emanuel Casamore (bb), Ralph Bedell (d).
New York, April 17, 1929
14. 51235-1 A Few Riffs (---) Test

Felix Gregory omitted.
New York, April 22, 1929
15. 51900-1 Do Shuffle (---) Test
16. 51900-3 Do Shuffle (---) Test

Ralph Brown-Felix Gregory (as) replace Lockwood Lewis.
Camden, NJ, May 16, 1929
17. 50889-1 Sell It (---) Test
18. 50890-2 Betsy Brown (---) Test

Stanley “Fess” Williams (cl,as,v) directing George Temple (t), John Brown (t,v), David “Jelly” James (tb), Ralph Brown-Felix Gregory (as), Perry Smith (cl,ts,v), Henry “Hank” Duncan (p), Oliver “Ollie” Blackwell or Andy Pendleton (bjo), Emanuel Casamore (bb), Ralph Bedell (d,v).
Camden, NJ, September 20, 1929
19. 55930-1 Buttons (---) Test
20. 55931-1 Musical Camp Meeting (---) Test

Stanley “Fess” Williams (cl,as,v) directing George Temple-John Brown (t), David “Jelly” James (tb), Bobby Holmes (cl,as), Ralph Brown or Felix Gregory (as), Perry Smith (cl,ts), Henry “Hank” Duncan (p), Oliver “Ollie” Blackwell or Andy Pendleton (bjo), Emanuel Casamore (bb), Ralph Bedell (d).
New York, April 18, 1930
21. 59758-2 Hot Mama (---) Test

Emanuel Clark (t) replaces Temple; Walter “Fats” Pichon replaces Duncan; one of the reedmen omitted.
New York, July 10, 1930
22. 62336-2 Playing My Saxophone (---)-vFW Test
23. 62337-1 You Can’t Go Wrong (---)-vFW Test

New York, July 23, 1930
24. 63303-1 Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider (---)-vFW&ch Test
25. 63305-2 Everything’s O.K. With Me (---)-vFW Test


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