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James P. Johnson: 1944, Volume 2

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This is the sixth in Classics’ “chronogical” (sic) series devoted to James P. On a dozen sides from three sessions (June, August and September), the great pianist is accompanied only by drummer Eddie Dougherty. On four other titles, he plays as a sideman in a septet nominally led by Max Kaminsky, with Pod Cless on clarinet. Cless reappears on a later date at the head of a quartet completed by Sterling Bose, Johnson and Pops Foster (no drums, somebody evidently overslept).

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