Greetings and Question for Scott
- First let me offer my congratulations on expanding your invaluably
resourceful web site to a forum for moldy figs and hard core
collectors such as myself, and all who fully appreciate America's
most original and ultimately influential art form.
As, I am sure, most, if not all, of the 27 or so current members of
the group are aware: RedHotJazz covers the most relevant and
innovative jazz bands of both the pre and post-acoustic recording
era and are all "Rust-worthy" with respect to hot jazz, both in
terms of arrangements and outstanding solos by both the most
prominent and celebrated names in jazz along with the more obscure,
but no less outstanding, musicians of the less frequently recorded
territory bands across the great divide. I myself am quite partial
to the hot territory ensembles and ascribe to the Richard Sudhalter
school of thinking with respect to white musicians and their
contribution to jazz. Needless to say, I was more than satisfied
when I first accessed the pages (replete with photographs and liner
notes) of two of my favorite bands: Warner's Seven Aces and the
There is only one thing that concerns me, which brings me to my
initial inquiry. There are a small number of titles listed that
have been excluded in terms of being accessible for download or
listening purposes (i.e., Teapot Dome Blues and Wait'll You See My
Gal by the Georgia Melodians). Is this due to the fact that these
particular recordings are not yet available for download or have
they been deemed "not jazzworthy" in the Rustian sense?
My most instinctual assumption would be the former, being that your
site is an ever expanding "work in progress." Anyway, I just
thought I'd throw that out there. Keep up the good work!!
- Yes, the Red Hot Jazz Archive is an ever expanding "work in progress."
When I put a discography of a band up on the Red Hot Jazz archive it my
intention to try and track down all the songs on the page. I don't try to
seperate out the "jazz worthy" songs from the waltzes and schmaltz. I'll let
you folks decide what is what.
If there are bands that you feel are missing from the site please let me
I'm always trying to fill in the blanks so if you can provide missing songs
and information please contact me off-list.
The Red Hot Jazz Archive