King Oliver: Everybody Does It in Hawaii


Everybody Does It in Hawaii


King Oliver & His Orchestra


King Oliver And His Orchestra 1929-1930 (JSP 3404)

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Joe 'King' Oliver (cornet),

Dave Nelson (cornet), Jimmy Archey (trombone), Glyn Paque (alto sax), Charlie Frazier (tenor sax), Don Frye (piano), Arthur Taylor (banjo), Roy Smeck (steel guitar), Clinton Walker (tuba), Edmund Jones (drums)


Composed by Elsie McWilliams & Jimmie Rodgers


Recorded: New York, December 30, 1929


Rating: 86/100 (learn more)

Among Hawaii's many enchanting gifts to the mainland is the steel guitar, named for its slide plied in lieu of finger-fretting. This benefaction, readily embraced by hillbilly musicians, became a whiny staple in country music. Its use in jazz, however, where sentimentality is more circumspect, has been mercifully rare. Here, covering a song by the legendary "Blue Yodeler" Jimmie Rodgers, the legendary King Oliver showcases vaudeville's Pennsylvania-born "Wizard of the Strings" Roy Smeck (the Les Paul of his day) in a bizarre gumbo of old-timey New Orleans, Grand Ole Opry, Guy Lombardo syrupy saxes and Waikiki clichés that is surprisingly delectable. Hana hou!

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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