6272re: [RedHotJazz] Re: shopworn sentimentalism (was Bob Fuller musicians and recording)
- Sep 5, 2008Well, it just goes back to what I said before. Obviously, Fats
would have wanted to play "serious" music, but that's not what
the public wanted, and, after all they're the ones who paid him.
One could even bring racism into the discussion, because many
people figured that black folks were supposed to be happy, happy,
happy. By the way, while briefly on the subject of racism, it's
interesting and very sad to note that many of the jazz clubs, who
regularly hired black jazz musicians, wouldn't allow them to
patronize with the white customers. Apparently, George Brunies,
the trombonist, was an absolute out-and-out racist. I wonder
where he thought the music he loved to play came from. Back to
Fats: Fats's organ playing was much more serious than was a lot
of his piano playing. I think "Jitterbug Waltz" was ahead of its
time. Of course, if it's serious playing you're looking for,
listen to "London Suite".
Just briefly, it occurs to me that, if you believe the 1890 birth
date for Jelly Roll, you're going to have to scramble and come up
with a lot of new dates for his compositions.
Sorry to make a long post like this. Take care, everyone. Bob
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