I hadn't heard of either of these bands. See what you mean about Williams but I actually dig that cut of King's band doing Small Hotel. Kinda has a narcotizing effect…warm and pleasant with just enough of a beat…love those low reeds...
Ha! Outside the catalog, I've never heard of Henry King's band. Now you've made me want to go find some old track by him, so I can appreciate his High Corniness.Yes, it's interesting to see who endorsed Bueschers in the gathering dusk of American pro instrument making.
Of course Sigurd Rascher, Tab Smith, half of the Candoli Bros., and 4/5 of the Ellington section are nothing to sneer at. Ted Weems never played a bad note in his life. And millions were about to discover Lawrence Welk's music thru the magic of teevee.
But bands like Griff Williams and Henry King were laughably square even in their heyday of the '30s (when King's saxes played all Conn tenors, btw).