500Re: [RedHotJazz] Some invective
- Jun 16, 2005Mike Amato,
> Let me start out by saying that I love Coon-Sanders, and regardJazz is a *very* big tent, and just about everyone will find some
> them as one of the consistently hot bands of the jazz age.
> But remember that Dick Sudhalter has been an esteemed jazz
> historian for many decades. I think the disparity here, in my
> opinion, lies in what each of you consideres to be jazz.
> I think Dick comes from the more traditional apporach to what
> jazz is, and was commenting on Coon-Sanders' lack of high quality
> jazz soloists; that they didn't have any Buster Baileys, Joe
> Venutis, et al.
> But in my book, they got along very well without them, considering.
style of jazz they like. I once ran into a real snob of classical
music, who disdained all jazz, but for some reason loved all Duke
Ellington, even his "Jungle Band" era recordings (which are my favs of
Duke Ellington, such as "Jungle Nights in Harlem" on Victor -- love
its "ethereal" sound.) So, go figure.
My favored style of earlier jazz lies a little outside of the primary
focus of the Red Hot Jazz archives (I love the early 30's, 1932-34,
just before the Swing era, especially the more sophisticated jazz such
as performed by Benny Goodman, Jack Teagarden, Dorsey Brothers,
Venuti-Lang, Adrian Rollini, etc. -- the Venuti-Lang All Stars session
of late 1931 ranks, in my opinion, as the finest jazz recordings ever
made.) But sometimes I have a fondness for the simpler and earlier
stuff. I once owned a *mint* copy of "It's Tight Like That" by Jimmy
Noone on Vocalion 1xxx (can't recall the exact number), and I loved
that recording (it was also an unusual take, so I've been told -- got
a couple hundred dollars for that record when I sold it on auction
back in the late 1970's. I now wish I had kept that record. :^( )
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