Re: [RedHotJazz] Re: Blues Birdhead as jazz (was: Jug Bands)
- on 2/11/05 0:48, Prof_Hi_Jinx at prof_hi_jinx@... wrote:
> The 1930 Census lists James Simon (sic: 28, born North Carolina, wifeThere are two other titles made at this session and not issued. Both are
> Sophrenia) at Norfolk, although it doesn't indicate he is a musician (not
> that that means much).
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "ikey100" <wlmoorman3@...>
> To: <RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2005 4:27 AM
> Subject: [RedHotJazz] Re: Blues Birdhead as jazz (was: Jug Bands)
>>> ...for more jazz-oriented harmonica pieces I should suggest
>> listening to James Simons aka "Blues Birdhead", whose only two
>> recordings sound to me as directly inspired by Louis Armstrong...
>> There were actually four sides that include Simons, two with only
>> piano accompaniment and two with a small group. Indeed, Simons does
>> seem on these pieces to have a jazz type conception, particularly in
>> the tension and release structures of his solos, unlike some country
>> blues harpists. Despite his nickname, he certainly belongs in a jazz
>> discussion. The group that he made those sides as part of, the
>> Bubbling Over Five, included harmonica, violin, soprano sax, piano,
>> and banjo-guitar! Hardly a jug band lineup, or any other for that
>> matter. But it may be explained as either a subunit of a larger
>> band, or an impromptu studio group. The vocalist for the band sides
>> is listed as "Bob Brown", whose affiliation is unknown.
credited in the files to Bob Brown: Mammy's Little Rolling Stone and Shine
On Harvest Moon. These are not suggestive of a blues affiliation, though
they did lead some early discographers to conclude that the records belonged
to country music!
Howard Rye, 20 Coppermill Lane, London, England, E17 7HB
Tel/FAX: +44 20 8521 1098
- --- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, Howard Rye <howard@c...> wrote:
> >> --- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, Howard Rye <howard@c...>
> >>> Most listeners think he was also one of The Keep Shufflin' Trio on
> > P.It seems to have been a stunt they (Johnson and Waller) enjoyed--they used
> >>> Johnson's You Don't Understand/You've Got To Be Modernistic (18
> >> November
> >>> 1929, Victor V38099), but we'll never know for sure.
> Why two pianists anyway?
the same approach the previous year on another Johnson date (18 June 1928),
and also with Dunn's Original Jazz Hounds (26 March 1928)!