Milestone Recordings in American Music

10/3/10

Hot Ditches Sweet and Has a Swinging Night Out with the Blues (1938-1939)

As pleasant and popular as “sweet” music could be, sometimes jazz and boogie woogie artists simply had to let loose and show what they were capable of. And thank God for that.

Count Basie and His Orchestra
Jumping at the Woodside (Decca 2212, 1938)

Set to an incredibly fast, eight-to-the-bar beat, “Jumping at the Woodside” is pure Kansas City energy through and through. It is also riotously fun, a bluesy romp that must have sent dancers into a frenzy. The solos come fast and furious and each one is a keeper. A stomping opener from Basie on piano is followed by a wailing flurry from Earl Warren on alto sax and then back to Basie again for some of his trademark, spare but genius piano playing. We then get an assertive blast and wonderful solo from Buck Clayton’s muted trumpet and a honking but perfectly fluid tenor sax solo from Lester Young that sounds like rock and roll come two decades early. Finally, a fiery, take-no-prisoners turn on clarinet from Herschel Evans ends the record in amazing fashion.

~ You may also like: Count Basie and His Orchestra featuring Jimmy Rushing, “Swingin’ the Blues” (Decca 1880, 1938)

Count Basie and His Orchestra featuring Jimmy Rushing
Sent for You Yesterday (And Here You Come Today) (Decca 1880, 1938)

Songs with vocals tend to be primarily a showcase for the singer, but someone forgot to tell that the Basie band on this record. It’s not that Jimmy Rushing doesn’t give a strong performance: “Sent for You Yesterday” is a great example of his potent vocal presence. But Rushing is limited to a single verse, and the band impatiently taps its toe the entire time he’s singing, stirring noticeably after every line. Before Rushing even enters, the band has firmly entrenched itself in hot blues with some call-and-response playing featuring Earl Warren’s floating alto sax, Basie’s tinkling piano and some growling, muted trombones. And Herschel Evans has already played an absolutely gorgeous, full-bodied chorus on tenor sax. As soon as Rushing is finished, the instruments immediately kick up the energy again and let out all the stops, first with a rousing call to action from Harry “Sweets” Edison on trumpet and then wailing in unison while drummer Jo Jones bangs away furiously in response.

~ You may also like: Count Basie and His Orchestra featuring Jimmy Rushing, “Goin’ to Chicago Blues” (Okeh 6244, 1941)

--------------------------------
1939 Headlines … Great Depression continues … World War II begins with German attack on Poland; U.K., France, others declare war on Germany; U.S. neutral … The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind films premier
--------------------------------

Big Joe Turner and Pete Johnson
Roll ‘Em Pete (Vocalion 4607, 1939)

Pete Johnson helped kick start the national boogie woogie craze in a series of concerts with fellow pianists Meade “Lux” Lewis and Albert Ammons beginning in 1938. “Roll ‘Em Pete” is a good example of his playing and also features commanding vocals from Joe Turner, who would go on to become one of the most popular blues “shouters” of the post-war “jump blues” scene. Johnson’s playing is solid throughout and his solo in the middle is very entertaining. While he is not as flashy as Lewis or Ammons, he plays with a real feel for the blues and provides perfect accompaniment for Turner’s boisterous but highly disciplined voice. Turner is really amazing, singing each line at the top of his lungs and yet with amazing clarity and control: “Well, you so beautiful, but you gotta die someday / All I want is lovin’, babe, give before you pass away!” Together, the two men create one of the not-to-be-missed blues performances of the 1930s.

~ You may also like: Albert Ammons and His Rhythm Kings, “Boogie Woogie Stomp” (Decca 749, 1936)

50 comments:

  1. Replies
    1. Great Article IoT Projects for Students

      Deep Learning Projects for Final Year

      JavaScript Training in Chennai

      JavaScript Training in Chennai

      The Angular Training covers a wide range of topics including Components, Angular Directives, Angular Services, Pipes, security fundamentals, Routing, and Angular programmability. The new Angular TRaining will lay the foundation you need to specialise in Single Page Application developer. Angular Training

      Delete
  2. for beginners like me need a lot of reading and searching for information on various blogs. and articles that you share a very nice and inspires me .
    obat aborsi
    obat telat datang bulan
    cara menggugurkan kandungan
    obat penggugur kandungan

    ReplyDelete
  3. This is a very good article material and it is very useful for us all. thank you . cara menggugurkan kandungan

    ReplyDelete
  4. A to a great degree brilliant blog passage. We are really grateful for your blog passage. fight, law usage You will find an extensive measure of techniques in the wake of heading off to your post. I was absolutely examining for. An obligation of appreciation is all together for such post and please keep it up. Mind blowing work. 먹튀검증

    ReplyDelete
  5. Interesting and interesting information can be found on this topic here profile worth to see it. 먹튀검증커뮤니티

    ReplyDelete
  6. This article was written by a real thinking writer.I agree many of the with the solid points made by the writer 먹튀검증사이트

    ReplyDelete
  7. This is really a nice and informative, containing all information and also has a great impact on the new technology. Thanks for sharing it, buy website traffic

    ReplyDelete
  8. Such a very useful article. Very interesting to read this article.I would like to thank you for the efforts you had made for writing this awesome article. 먹튀폴리스

    ReplyDelete
  9. thank you for sharing this information. very useful and informative 토토사이트

    ReplyDelete
  10. Great post i must say and thanks for the information. Education is definitely a sticky subject. However, is still among the leading topics of our time. I appreciate your post and look forward to more. 토토사이트

    ReplyDelete
  11. I got a web site from where I be capable of really obtain valuable information regarding my study and knowledge.
    Great Article… Good Job… Thanks For Sharing…

    Website:출장안마

    ReplyDelete
  12. This is really a nice and informative, containing all information and also has a great impact on the new technology. Check it out here:IAS Coaching in Delhi

    ReplyDelete
  13. Great post! I am actually getting ready to across this information, is very helpful my friend. Also great blog here with all of the valuable information you have. Keep up the good work you are doing here. 토토사이트

    ReplyDelete
  14. Took me time to read all the comments, 토토사이트 but I really enjoyed the article. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained!

    ReplyDelete
  15. A new emerging platform in the world of Blogging and SEO. 스포츠토토

    ReplyDelete
  16. Your work is truly appreciated round the clock and the globe. It is incredibly a comprehensive and helpful blog. 검증사이트

    ReplyDelete
  17. Recently, I have commenced a blog the info you give on this site has encouraged and benefited me hugely. 사다리사이트

    ReplyDelete
  18. Your work is truly appreciated round the clock and the globe. It is incredibly a comprehensive and helpful blog. 안전놀이터

    ReplyDelete
  19. Your work is truly appreciated round the clock and the globe. 메이저놀이터

    ReplyDelete
  20. It is incredibly a comprehensive and helpful blog. 스포츠중계

    ReplyDelete
  21. Very helpful advice in this particular article! 카지노사이트

    ReplyDelete
  22. I really appreciate the kind of topics you post here 메이저놀이터

    ReplyDelete


  23. 현재 수많은 온라인바카라사이트가 운영되고 있습니다.
    하지만 다 같은 바카라사이트가 아닙니다.
    무리하게 첫충전을 주고 쿠폰을 난발하여 유저를모아
    제대로 된 바카라사이트운영을 하지않고 먹튀 바카라사이트 를 운영한다 해도 무방합니다.
    메리트카지노

    ReplyDelete
  24. Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read anything like this before. So nice to find somebody with some original thoughts on this subject.
    토토사이트

    ReplyDelete
  25. Howdy! Someone in my Myspace group shared this website with us so
    I came to give it a look. I'm definitely loving the information. I'm bookmarking and will be tweeting this to my followers!
    Superb blog and superb design and style.

    Feel free to surf to my blog - 안마

    ReplyDelete
  26. Hi there, I found your website via Google while looking for a related topic, your web site came up, it looks good. I’ve bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.
    ルーレット

    ReplyDelete

Search This Blog

Followers