The Playlist • Jabbo Smith (1929), with Personnel Listings from Jabbo Himself

MSP_bwk_7078b Photo supplied by the late Mike Stewart.

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The personnel shown here were recalled by Jabbo Smith during the course of his 1966 visit (at age 57) with Dick Spottswood, one of the most rigorous researchers in the field, and the man largely responsible for Jabbo’s rediscovery. They differ significantly from those listed in Jazz Records by Brian Rust, who as usual didn’t state his source(s). The personnel (other than Smith) and takes used are not indicated in the surviving Brunswick documentation or on inspected pressings.

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“BANJO” IKEY ROBINSON & HIS BULL FIDDLE BAND: Got Butter On It

Chicago (Brunswick S. Wabash Avenue studio): January 4, 1929
Brunswick 7057 (mx. C 2747 – )

Jabbo Smith (trumpet / vocal); Ikey Robinson (guitar). Smith could not recall the other musicians; those listed in Rust apparently are speculative, although not disclosed as such. Credited to “Ikey Robinson & his Jabbo Band” on the original Brunswick recording sheet.

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“BANJO” IKEY ROBINSON & HIS BULL FIDDLE BAND: Ready Hokum

Chicago (Brunswick S. Wabash Avenue studio): January 22, 1929
Brunswick 7057 (mx. C 2844 – )

Jabbo Smith (trumpet / vocal); Ikey Robinson (guitar). Smith could not recall the other musicians; those listed in Rust are apparently speculative, although not disclosed as such.

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JABBO SMITH & HIS RHYTHM ACES: Sau Sha Stomp

Chicago (Brunswick S. Wabash Avenue studio): March 1, 1929
Brunswick 7065 (mx. C 3029 – )

Jabbo Smith (trumpet); Willard Brown (alto sax); Cassino Simpson (piano); Ikey Robinson (banjo); Lawson Buford (brass bass)

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JABBO SMITH & HIS RHYTHM ACES: Decatur Street Tutti

Chicago (Brunswick S. Wabash Avenue studio): April 4, 1929
Brunswick 7078 (mx. C 3233 – )

Jabbo Smith (trumpet / vocal); Willard Brown (alto sax); Earl Frazer (piano); Ikey Robinson (banjo); Lawson Buford (brass bass). Label photo (above) and tape dubbing courtesy of the late Mike Stewart.

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JABBO SMITH & HIS RHYTHM ACES: Band Box Stomp

Chicago (Brunswick Furniture Mart Building studio): August 22, 1929
Brunswick 7111 (mx. C 4100 – )

Jabbo Smith (trumpet); Willard Brown (saxes); Earl Frazer (piano); Ikey Robinson (banjo); Lawson Buford (brass bass)

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