RE: [RedHotJazz] Bennies Moten & Waters (was Re: Arville Harris, etc.)
- The Nichols analysis of 'New Down Home Blues' seems only to prove the
clarinet solo could be any of the three reedmen.
The only placement of Moten/Morton here is from Clarence -- not negligible I
agree. Do we now read Moten as a misspelling of Clarence's Morton ? And from
where do we get the Motton variant ? Surely extremely unusual for a musician
to move so readily and so quickly between the major jazz centres of NYC,
Chicago and W.Coast ? Union problems at least ? Which speaks for a
I have found in 1st ed. 'King Joe Oliver' a report that Bill Russell, no
less, examined Clarence's files and noted that Harvey Boone appears
somewhere on the QRSs. He could therefore be the third reedman doubling
clt/alt on the first session.
Going through the Hendersons I also cite the session of 27 Apr 1927 as
offering traces of Dodds style. The Sept 1928 QRSs contain very fluent and
fast clarinet work on 'St. Louis'. Both sessions in Rust as Arville. The
Oct 1928 session was originally claimed in 'Joe King Oliver' to also be
Moten but this was subsequently amended in Rust to (?)Whittet. It certainly
sounds like another, even less impressive, player than Arville and not like
'New Down Home Blues'.
The Bells I have not complete but hear what you mean Yves.
The Clarence clarinets seem to be a discographical mess and I could extend
to the actual playing. I agree about the joy of Clarence but it was, after
all, factory output and can vary disconcertingly even in one session. The
weakest point is usually the clarinet playing.
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