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94AW: [RedHotJazz] Reed player ob J.C. Johnson and his Five Hot Sparks (again)

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  • Rader, Michael
    Oct 1, 2004
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      I discussed this session with David French of Frog Records, who said the clarinetist sounded like Omer Simeon to him. After our conversation I looked again at Frog's "That's My Stuff" CD which includes some Alex Hill sides with George James (whom I favoured). In the sleeve notes to the Frog CD there was a reference to an article on James in "Storyville" No. 86. This was linked with a tentative James discography by Albert Vollmer (of Harlem Jazz and Blues Band fame).

      Vollmer had actually discussed the Five Hot Sparks session with both Omer Simeon and George James and both denied having participated in the Johnson session.
      Best wishes,

      Michael Rader

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      Von: Andrew Homzy [mailto:homzy@...]
      Gesendet: Dienstag, 28. September 2004 19:08
      An: RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com
      Betreff: Re: [RedHotJazz] NEW SONGS - J.C. Johnson and his Five Hot Sparks

      Dear Chris,

      Thanks for the info.

      I was on the mark with Higginbotham - he did leave out his trademark

      Who is cornetist/trumpeter Walter Bennett? This guy deserved wonderful

      Mabel Horsey on piano? What did J.C. do?

      Any other guesses about the clarinet, alto & banjo?

      * The clarinetist has the funky-ness of Dodds yet the control of Bigard.
      Omer Simeon?

      * The saxophonist is advanced beyond what Hawkins was doing at the time. He
      plays one chord wrong in his solo and seems to have the technique of a
      clarinetist. Almost like Bechet on alto - imagine that.

      * The banjoist plays whole-tone scales in his first break and demonstrates a
      blusey-ness that is rarely heard on the instrument. Bela Fleck?

      * The composition/arrangement is also quite sophisticated - some unusual
      harmonic twists here and there and very interesting orchestration in
      general. I can't imagine that they played this piece much - probably
      sight-reading it in the studio.

      * In some ways, the piece is like Arthur Schutt meets Jelly Roll Morton.


      Andrew Homzy, Montreal

      From: Chris Smith <chris@...>
      Reply-To: RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 17:25:42 +0100
      To: RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [RedHotJazz] NEW SONGS - J.C. Johnson and his Five Hot Sparks
      > Any comments on personnel?
      Rust gives Walter Bennett, c[ornet]; J.C. Higginbotham, tb; unknown; cl;
      unknown, as; Mabel Horsey, p; unknown, bj.

      Chris Smith
      The Schoolhouse
      Shetland ZE2 9AS
      Scotland UK

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