Re: Lew Lemar
- --- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, "reid1947" <reid1947@...> wrote:
> Driving home from work the other night, I was listening to Jelly and
> Peppers when on came, the track by Jelly I dislike the most, (apartfrom the
> Billie Young sides) "Hyena Stomp" The band part of the track is fine,Lemar's first comment on the record hints at a kind of "throwaway"
> unfortunately one must put up with Lew Lemar and his "laugh?" for a
> considerable time prior to that.
approach: "That's terrible, Jelly." "Hyena Stomp" and "Billy Goat
Stomp" may seem even more like missteps because they're sandwiched
between the Morton masterpieces "Cannon Ball Blues" and "Wild Man
Blues." Jelly had worked as a comedian early on, though according to
Reb Spikes he didn't have much success at it... I prefer "Hyena" to
"Billy Goat," the former also remade in a fine solo version at the
Library of Congress, 1938.
I'm wondering if Lemar introduces "Wild Man Blues" as well--Jelly's
usually credited for the spoken introduction, not him in my opinion...
- I have always thought that this was just an attempt to produce a 'novelty' record for Victor. There were many at the time, such as 'Saxaphun' and, in the UK, 'The Laughing Policeman' ( I was once in a band that played that number, hahaha).
I am ambivalent about the laugh on Hyena Stomp. I know it has more to do with the tenor of the time than the eternal qualities of classic jazz, but I am tolerant enough to put up with it and listen to the absolutely superb musicianship behind. It is, of course, harmonically at least, the final section of King Porter Stomp rewritten and reconceptualised.
As regards Wild Man Blues I know that Mike Meddings is keen to identify the voice. To my ears the voice on Hyena and Billy is not the same as 'Wild Man Blues'. Incidentally, sometimes I wonder if Wild Man Blues is not my favourite RHP side ... I particulary enjoy the interplay between Morton, Dodds and Stomp Evans.
----- Original Message ----
From: reid1947 <reid1947@...>
Sent: Thursday, 21 September, 2006 3:31:03 AM
Subject: [RedHotJazz] Lew Lemar
Driving home from work the other night, I was listening to Jelly and the
Peppers when on came, the track by Jelly I dislike the most, (apart from the
Billie Young sides) "Hyena Stomp" The band part of the track is fine,
unfortunately one must put up with Lew Lemar and his "laugh?" for a
considerable time prior to that.
Who was Lew Lemar? Obvoiusly he was supposed to be an imitator, but whatever
posessed Jelly to use him on this track? Did he catch Jelly in a
compromising position? Did he pay Jelly a fortune to be on the track? Did
Jelly owe him money. There must be a reason. He definitely couldn't be there
for any other reason.
Was Lew Lemar White, Creole or Black? Does anyone know anything about him?
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- --- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, Hugh Crozier <jellyrollstomp@...>
>favourite RHP side ... I particulary enjoy the interplay between
> Incidentally, sometimes I wonder if Wild Man Blues is not my
Morton, Dodds and Stomp Evans.
After the great Dodds and Armstrong versions of "Wild Man Blues,"
leave it to Morton to come up with such an iconoclastic arrangement of
his tune. Dodds' duels with Morton are among the highlights of jazz
(I also like Baby Dodds' percussive flair). Evans' work is
fantastic--the record seems theatrical in the best sense, artful and