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punch of all time was in opera­tion. In addition, Kid Ory was unquestionably the best trom­bonist of his time . . .
—George Avalcian
Johnny Dodds. . . whom some venerate as perhaps the most in­spired artist ever to record . . . shows a basic restraint and a lyrical approach.
Ory [is] sometimes very inter­esting as a soloist . . . primarily bent toward ensemble playing, an art at which he is certainly most adept. It is doubtful whether any other recorded trombonist has shown himself Ory's master in this regard.
—Wm. Grossman-Jack FarxeU8
the early Hot Five, whose rhythm is extremely weak. Listen to Dodds* alto solo in Come Back Sweet Papa, Isn't it an excellent sample of not getting the notes in the right place, rich in rhyth­mic faults and anti-swing if any­thing ever was? . . .
. . . How stiff Kid Ory is and how heavily he leans upon the beat . . . Johnny Dodds* rudi­mentary technique does him a disservice; I can't help feeling uncomfortable when I listen to his fumbling on Big Butter . . .
It is not a question of disparag­ing Dodds and Ory, but simply of setting things straight. The shortcomings of these two musi­cians are not merely technical; both are deficient musically as well,
—Andr6 Hodeir6
Do you have to play this all the way through? . . . This music stands for something, but as it is now, it seems quite a bit webby . . . time has just walked right by these guys. ... I won't rate this one.
—Count Basie (re Bunk John­son record, When 1 Learn the World Behind).
I don't know what to say. I'm
prejudiced against people who are trying to take music back forty years. I think that just to make money, some people forget
Bunk's gift of ceaseless varia­tional invention seems to derive from a perpetually youthful in­spiration. No one has ever ex­celled him ... his recorded band work exemplifies the dissonant tendency of the classic style.
-Rudi Blesh*
With a new trumpet Bunk played as well as ever—a grand old man of jazz. He was always clear and melodic.
—Stephen Longstreet0