497Re: King Oliver Record Review from Variety March 3, 1930
- Jun 15, 2005Scott:
While I believe that Joe Oliver's Victor sessions of 1929-1930 had
some enjoyable moments (call me sentimental but I especially
like "I'm Lonesome Sweetheart"), I agree with you that "St. James
Infirmary" & "When You're Smiling" are a far cry from the Creole Jazz
Band in terms of pyrotechnics. Still, in fairness to the reviewer
you cite (I'm not familiar with Mr. Landry) who heard more "hotcha"
then than we do today, might it be that he listened with ears more
attuned to the "mainstream" white bands of the day, such as Paul
Whiteman's, against which almost anything would sound "heated" (even
when energized by Bix's presence)? I offer this suggestion because I
wouldn't think of an "insider" publication like "Variety" as being in
the vanguard of hot jazz.
Gerard J. Fitzpatrick
--- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, Scott Alexander <scott@t...> wrote:
> Here is a little record review I ran across in Variety that I
> you all might be interested in:
> Disk Reviews by Bob Landry
> King Oliver
> Victor 22298
> A pronounced talent for heated orchestrations finds splendid outlet
> "St. James Infirmary Blues" that new hotcha classic. But the same
> applied to "When You're Smiling" results in blare and rasp.
> Hear them here:
> Frank Marvin supplies the vocals.
> You have to wonder if Bob Landry listened to these records. "St.
> Infirmary" hardly seems heated and "When You're Smiling" is pretty
> Scott Alexander
> The Red Hot Jazz Archive
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