Re: Small combo "hot" swing bands!
- No doubt the whole of our original enquirer's time is now taken up with
acquiring and listening to CDs of all of the small band swing
recommended to him in the past week or so. If I may add to his burden,
I recommend he does not stop at the development of swing known
as "bebop", which was not quite the revolution it was supposed to be
according to jazz journalese, and investigate the recordings made for
Dial and Savoy by Charlie Parker, the Guild and Musicraft recordings of
Dizzy Gillespie, the Dexter Gordon recordings for Savoy and Dial, the
Fats Navarro sides made for Savoy and Blue Note, Bud Powell's
recordings for Roost and Blue Note, the Blue Note tracks by Thelonious
Monk, and the sides issued on Capitol by Lennie Tristano's group, and
the Miles Davis Nonet, and the Hollywood Stampede sessions by Coleman
Hawkins and Howard McGhee. Oh, and the Aladdin sides by Lester Young,
- You will have to tell the problems --- I am confused as you find them
Seminal in their iconoclasm, revealing the flaws in both.
They are musical biographies, putting the music first, indulging in personal
detail to illustrate the music.
Bergreen I once picked up but replaced on the bookshop shelf after half a
page. He is a musically ignorant professional biographer.
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