2830Re: Thomas Mitchell Cornets was Millard G. Thomas / Charles Harris
- Jun 13, 2006Hi Dave--great breakdown of the Morris sides... I do agree with your
identifications. Previously, "Lazy Drag" had me reversing the IDs at
1:41 and 1:48, as Stewart is quite voracious with the wah-wah lead,
and Morris's (I agree, wonderful) solo at first seemed
uncharacteristic of him. He actually reverts to the style he'd used
with the Past Jazz Masters three years earlier--interesting, as this
was his first side as leader since then.
With regard to the Nashville Jazzers, I've gone back and forth in my
opinions. Listening again, I can't rule Morris out entirely. Some
people think it's Mike Mosiello, but I don't hear anything definitive
for or against... Since Rust states Morris firmly, I'm wondering
about the origin of this identification (then again, Rust's entries
for the Victor sides we've discussed seem quite inaccurate). 'Grey
Gull Rarities' (Jazz Oracle)--an excellent collection--includes fine
transfers of both takes, but also does not question Morris's presence.
Destined perhaps to be one of the perennial mysteries...
(I'm unclear as to the "Mitchell" reference at the end of your post
and in the subject line... Have you been listening to George
--- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, "David Brown" <johnhaleysims@...>
> John --and anyone else interested -- I have listened intensively to
> Morris sides ( + 1 alt ) of 13 July 1926. Considering also the workof Rex
> on the 14 May 1926 Dixie Stompers and especially ' Jackass Blues',and his
> claim, I now think he is the second cornettist, who is certainly a Louisthe lead
> influenced stylist. My breakdown of the cornet work is as follows.
> LAZY DRAG
> Tom straight lead into Rex wa-wa solo with Tom picking up the lead
> immediately afterwards. Rex --very Louis ---unmistakably picks up
> at about 1:41 and carries it till a superb open Tom solo from about1:48.
> Rex leads out from about 2:30.picks up
> JACKASS BLUES ( A take although the alt. seems similar)
> Rex lead into Tom wa-wa solo with a Rex 'whinny' at about 0:15. Rex
> the lead from about 0:30.The final lead is Tom.mute for
> CHARLESTON STAMPEDE
> Rex lead till about 0:44 when you hear him drop out to pick up the
> the first wa-wa solo. Rex, again very Louis, has the lead from 1:41 tillquite
> Tom's wa-wa solo at about 2:08. Rex has the lead out from about 2:40.
> This is my best opinion but I am open to other suggestions as it is
> tight with Rex, I think, deliberately underplaying in places. Theclue is in
> the phrasing, Rex even in mute, post Louis. Also more vehementwa-wa. Also
> Tom is a much more delicate and plaintive wa-wa player, moremanipulative,
> more vocal.easier to
> The second cornet on the subsequent 16 August 1926 session is much
> pick and on a more cursory listen sounds to me, notwithstanding myJazzers
> admiration for JRT and 'Big Charlie Thomas' to be Jabbo, albeit in less
> abrasive, pushy and keening mode than his later Louis covers.
> Listening around Mitchell I find a supposed presence on a Nashville
> 'St.Louis Blues' c 1927 for Van Dyke. No way do I hear him on this.
> Anybody --Howard--details on this ?
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