WASHINGTON POST FREELANCER REVIEWS DIXIELAND BLUES
Washington Post Freelancer reviews Dixieland Blues
JOHNNY MADDOX & HIS DIXIE BOYS
(Crazy Otto, reissue from Dot Records)
The kind of thing I don’t get called on to review but value nonetheless (thanks, Josh!). First off, you’ve gotta love a company called Crazy Otto Records, esp. when it’s “committed to the preservation and recirculation of nostalgic, ragtime and early American jazz and blues music. ” This particular title is being reissued for the first time on CD come April, but it dates back to when I was still crawling. According to his bio, Maddox’s all-piano record, "The Crazy Otto Medley,” became the first ragtime record to sell more than a million copies and, as the first artist of Dot Records, his success helped launch the label that launched some major 50’s artists. Includes some nifty computer enhancements - audio commentary from Maddox, who’s obviously a font of info about the Good Old Days, and a video that shows his amazing piano fingers flying. You also get to read about cool cats with great names, like Matty Matlock (clarinet), Mannie Klien (trumpet), Moe Schneider (trombone), Nappy LaMare (banjo), and Nick Fatool (drums).