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7-11-16: Most of The Big Shut Up came to me in various dreams. Dreams come from that part of the symphony of the mind that lies beyond our conscious control. As such, I claim no special powers, but the theme of the breakdown of law and values that came from the depths of my consciousness is now coming to a head almost one year later.
Update 8-23-17 I’m still experiencing some technical problems. The WordPress update will not install for some reason. Whether it’s at my end, You Tube, or WordPress, I don’t know yet. Thank you for your patience.
Update 10-2-17: I installed new equipment and changed my network. I installed the latest version of Ubuntu, but as usual in this business, they changed what was working fine and didn’t change what wasn’t working. The older version was better. I also got a nasty surprise in that Ad-Blocker was hacked. It doesn’t work anymore, but it shows its status as still fully installed. The only “ads” I have on this site were for my books, since those ads didn’t dance around or pop up, Ad Blocker wasn’t an issue. Where you might encounter ad blocker is at the beginning of the You Tube. I get no money from that and I have no control over it. You should be able to press a skip the ad button in the right lower corner. That’s the best I can do for now.
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This tune is from Art Tatum Group Masterpieces Vol 1 Cut 3. Art Tatum ( piano), Benny Carter (Alto Sax), and Louis Bellson (drums). Recorded in 1954, Under a Blanket of Blue was written by Al J. Neiburg and Marty Symes. Very cool.
This version of Joe Avery’s Blues comes from the first Jeff and Joel’s House Party. The personnel included Vince Giordano, bass; Bria Skonberg, trumpet; Joe Midiri, clarinet; Tom Palinko, drums; Robin Verdier, piano; Herb Gardmer, Trombone; Joel Schiavone, Banjo.
Joe Avery, except in name, is a long forgotten trombone player who composed this simple 12 Tone Blues for the second line of a New Orleans Marching Band parade.
For more information and hopefully better explanation , see more here.
Some notes about this cut: in addition to playing some very earthy trumpet, It looks like Bria Skonberg was the leader on this tune. A very important player here is Vince Giordano who arranged and composed the music for the movie, Aviator, and for the Italian movie, Bix. among many other accomplishments. Robin Verdier gets in some Jelly Roll Morton riffs not often heard anymore. All of these musicians were first rate.
Rump Steak Serenade was recorded July 1, 1941 in Hollywood. Fats Waller did the vocal and piano with a studio pickup orchestra including vocalists. He wrote the song and lyrics, but for Fats that probably took no more than 15 minutes. Clearly a swing era sound and feel, and no mistaking the Fats Waller touch. He was amazing.
What is This Thing Called Love was written by Cole Porter and features Art Tatum ,Piano, Lionel Hampton, vibes; and Buddy Rich on drums. This is Vol 4, Cut 8 from Art Tatum Complete Pablo Group Masterpieces. It was previously unreleased according to Norman Granz. I’ve been neglecting the Group sessions lately. Great musicians, great music.
Thanks to 240252 for the You Tube and vintage photos.
I thought with all this super cold weather, in the country I’d play this old ode to summer. This song, Livin’ in the Sunlight, Lovin’ in the Moonlight was written by Al Sherman and Al Lewis, and made famous by Maurice Chevalier. It was recorded in 1930. It is definitely a 1920’s Jazz orchestration by a very fine society orchestra and well before the Swing Era. For more on the song, go here.
Smashing Thirds was a solo piano recording made September 24, 1929. This was a tune composed for Harlem rent party cutting contests. This was the title track of another of Mike Lipskin’s RCA reissue LP’s from 1968, which I bought at the Jazz Man Record Shop. It’s among the records I heard in that era that turned my head around.
Rendezvous with a Dream was a song sung above by co star Rochelle Hudson in the 1936 movie, Poppy, starring the legendary comedian W.C.Fields. I was ill over Christmas weekend and I watched a collection of W.C. Fields movies. I’ve seen It’s A Gift and The Bank Dick numerous times, but I hadn’t seen Poppy except for brief outtakes. W.C. Fields movies are not really known for great music. Usually, the music in Fields films have him singing off key in the shower as a gag. So, I was pleasantly surprised by Rochelle Hudson’s beautiful version of this song in the movie.
Rendezvous with a Dream was written by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin in 1936 and used in the entertainment segment of Professor Eustace McGargle’s (W.C. Fields) show within the show. After Poppy’s release Bunny Berigan, Eddy Duchin, Buddy Clark, Johnny Green, Shep Fields (no relation), and Thomas Kinsman (one of four versions in the U.K. all had hit records.) I even found a vintage Ampico piano roll of the song. Those releases confirm what I heard…a great song.
And here is Bunny Berigan’s version with vocal by Peggy Lawson — A Rendezvous with a Dream:
Thanks to Peggy Lawson – Topic for the You Tube
For more information on Poppy the movie, here is the link to IMDB.
But Not For Me was composed and lyric written by George and Ira Gershwin. This recording by Fats Waller and Lee Wiley was made with the Max Kaminsky Orchestra November 15, 1939. The rest of the personnel included Kaminsky on cornet, Pee Wee Russell, clarinet; Eddie Condon, guitar; Artie Shapiro, bass; George Whettling, drums; Brad Gowans, arranger. I’ve played this before, but this is a good way to start off the year. Fats on Friday.