3353Re: [RedHotJazz] Re: West Coast Jazz
- Oct 6, 2006I'll be at the risk of causing great offence to some here. I came up during the Oz version of Britain's Trad Jazz craze, and I heard the Bell band (particularly on record but occasionally live when they visited Melbourne), and a number of worthwhile Melbourne bands.
It has struck me forcibly in later years how much the approach and "feel" of the Aussie bands resembled that of the best Western Swing bands, despite the obvious differences in instrumentation. Australian popular music has had the pervasive influence of hillbilly music, from Jimmie Rodgers through Hank Snow and beyond. Of course both sets (Bell etc and Light Crust Doughboys et al) were geared towards dancers, but I think it again demonstrates the interconnectedness of all good American music, even when filtered through players from Down Under.
Howard Rye <howard@...> wrote:
on 6/10/06 8:41, john schott at john@... wrote:
> Chris, Excellent contribution, thanks.Hear, hear.
I can't think of any way of not making this sound a bit pompous but it is an
enormous relief to learn that what my ears tell me Watters was doing is what
Watters thought he was doing.
By contrast I think the early European revivalists were consciously engaged
in "re-creating" what they heard on their records, and of course the Oliver
Creole Band Gennetts were freely available in Britain (and pre-Nazi Europe),
albeit in diabolical dubs whose deficiencies sometimes seem to be reflected
in the music of the revivalist bands. Everyone remotely interested in jazz
had heard them.
The Graeme Bell band down under were engaged in an enterprise much more
analagous to what Watters was doing, and there is a lot of testimony to how
startled homegrown revivalists were when this freewheeling ensemble playing
for dancers fetched up in London. Inadvertently, the Bells are the true
fathers of British Trad are they not? Their records are also some of the
most rewarding and enduring of the revivalist output.
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