- Just listening my sole Arnett, a 1978 Magpie LP. This is a collection of
blues accompaniments. Only ever two sides under his name. Also on the Jimmy
Wades. A very interesting player. Reportedly from N.O. which he left for
Chicago in 1916 at a tender age but how tender I cannot find. There is very
little classic N.O. creole in his style which oververges sometimes on hokum.
The identification of him is aural and style is very reminiscent at times of
Odell Rand, who was working in a very similar milieu. Some similarities with
Dodds but if influence it may have been absorbed in Chicago rather than N.O.
The only information on him is -- or was in 1978 -- from the Lee Collins
'Oh Didn't He Ramble'. Also a perceptive entry in 'Dictionaire Du Jazz'.
Not in Chilton nor Grove.
Do we now know anymore ?
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>Don't forget, Gerry, that many bands had tuba and string bass side by side
> So now limiting the discussion to "big band/large ensemble" and avoiding
> string-bands, quartets/quintets: I had always assume that this
> setting--for recordings--generally had tuba. As such I was looking for who
> began using string bass as a replacement for tuba, if it concentrated in
> one or a few individual groups.
> -- Gerry
at the same time - this is readily apparent in many of the Vitaphone shorts
of 1927-30 - often, a band also had a banjoist and a guitarist playing
simultaneously, too. There are numerous records - like Gus Arnheim's "One
More Time," from 1931, where tuba is in use on the first half of the disc,
with a switchover to string bass for the "hot" final choruses to add an
extra measure of excitement to the performance.