RE: [RedHotJazz] Re: Nunez was Willie Joseph Johnny Dodds and the Klezmer Sound
- Nick well observes one important facet of Nunez. Even in the one session
with cornet, Nunez leads. The only other players I can think of who, at
times, did so are Dodds & Bechet.
Pee Wee Russell, in the Balliett interview, also stressed this as the aspect
that most impressed him on his single live hearing of Nunez and reports
trying to emulate. Whether this is enough to hang upon Nunez the label of
PWR influence, I doubt.
There is very little critical consideration of Nunez, even Sudhalter is
surprisingly reticent on so singular a white stylist. He appears
substantially only in discussion of PWR where Sudhalter observes of the
first Louisiana 5 session:-
' it's clear that Nunez is breaking new ground -- creates a part that is at
once lead and solo.'
He also compares 'Nunez's swooping elegance' in the high register to
Schuller posits :-- 'Nunez's playing comes straight out of the parade band
tradition of N.O. -- he plays what appears to be all of which he was
capable: the shrill melodic lead that he learned from N.O. bands.'
That is interesting but we note the opposing views, not least between
'breaking new ground' and representing jazz pre-history.
I can only think that Schuller had in ear the Young Tuxedo with Casimir
which we have recently discussed and it is maybe dangerous to make
assumptions on early style from these 1950s recordings or others made N.O.
post revival. But I hear what he means.
Big Eye Louis Nelson Delisle we have done here before, recently and in the
more distant past. I am working my way through all first hand accounts of
early N.O. and in every account he appears as an important, seminal,
original and pivotal figure in the formation of N.O. jazz clarinet style.
And a very good player.
' But Big Eye played hot and played more clarinet than anybody in those
days. I really liked to play with him because he had such a nice style. Big
Eye Louis was the greatest clarinet player I ever played with.'
Pops Foster Autobiography.
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Date : Mon, 2 Mar 2009 11:12:21 +0000 (GMT)
Subject : Re : [RedHotJazz] Re: Willie Joseph Johnny Dodds and the Klezmer Sound
Hello Mr. Litwak. Could I get out of you the mp3 featuring "Veseliy Kazak" played by N. Brandwein? I'm just discovering the connection between Jazz and Klezmer, through the Woody Allen's clarinet. Thank you very much. Marco Levi