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Re: [RedHotJazz] Re: King Oliver Record Review from Variety March 3, 1930

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  • Scott Alexander
    Yes, you could be right about the the hotcha factor, but you got to give Variety some credit for even plugging the record. Scott Alexander The Red Hot Jazz
    Message 1 of 3 , Jun 16, 2005
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      Yes, you could be right about the the "hotcha" factor, but you got to
      give Variety some credit for even plugging the record.
      Scott Alexander
      The Red Hot Jazz Archive
      www.redhotjazz.com


      Gerard J. Fitzpatrick wrote:

      >Scott:
      >
      >While I believe that Joe Oliver's Victor sessions of 1929-1930 had
      >some enjoyable moments (call me sentimental but I especially
      >like "I'm Lonesome Sweetheart"), I agree with you that "St. James
      >Infirmary" & "When You're Smiling" are a far cry from the Creole Jazz
      >Band in terms of pyrotechnics. Still, in fairness to the reviewer
      >you cite (I'm not familiar with Mr. Landry) who heard more "hotcha"
      >then than we do today, might it be that he listened with ears more
      >attuned to the "mainstream" white bands of the day, such as Paul
      >Whiteman's, against which almost anything would sound "heated" (even
      >when energized by Bix's presence)? I offer this suggestion because I
      >wouldn't think of an "insider" publication like "Variety" as being in
      >the vanguard of hot jazz.
      >
      >Gerard J. Fitzpatrick
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      >--- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, Scott Alexander <scott@t...> wrote:
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      >>Here is a little record review I ran across in Variety that I
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      >thought
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      >>you all might be interested in:
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      >>Disk Reviews by Bob Landry
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      >>King Oliver
      >>Victor 22298
      >>A pronounced talent for heated orchestrations finds splendid outlet
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      >in
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      >>"St. James Infirmary Blues" that new hotcha classic. But the same
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      >system
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      >>applied to "When You're Smiling" results in blare and rasp.
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      >>Hear them here:
      >>http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/oliver/kingo/Infirmary.ram
      >>http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/oliver/kingo/youresmiling.ram
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      >>Frank Marvin supplies the vocals.
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      >>You have to wonder if Bob Landry listened to these records. "St.
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      >James
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      >>Infirmary" hardly seems heated and "When You're Smiling" is pretty
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      >darn
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      >>sedate.
      >>
      >>Scott Alexander
      >>The Red Hot Jazz Archive
      >>www.redhotjazz.com
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