2430Re: [RedHotJazz] Bolden Cylinder continued
- Apr 1, 2006Actually the whole story is considered in Tim Brooks's Lost Sounds on pages
514/5. I did remember correctly that the original claim was made by Willy
Cornish (to Charles Edward Smith) in 1939, and this would indicate a date
before 1898 when Cornish left Bolden's band. However, citation is of an
account by Smith as late as 1957.
Apparently George Baquet, Alphonse Picou and Bob Lyons also claimed to have
recorded with Bolden in about 1906, so we have actually claims for two
Bolden cylinders, not one. However, the source for this is Al Rose's I
Remember Jazz, p.126/7. This one comes even with a claim about the tunes
recorded (Make Me A Pallet On The Floor & Turkey In the Straw). Oddly enough
Tom Brooks only mentions the second title and I wonder why.
Brooks concludes, "If Bolden did record it was probably a custom recording
for a local dealer using one of the omnipresent cylinder machines of the
day, most of which could record as well as play back."
According to Tim, the Louisiana Phonograph Company only operated from 1891
to 1893 so cannot have been involved.
It's anybody's guess how much prompting generated by wishful thinking may
have gone into the gathering of any of these claims!
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