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  • David Brown
    What they haven t got in the way of spontaneity and abandon just isn t worth having. This old-time ragtime certainly had a kick that neither jazz nor swing
    Message 1 of 54 , May 24, 2011
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      'What they haven't got in the way of spontaneity and abandon just isn't
      worth having. This old-time ragtime certainly had a kick that neither jazz
      nor swing ever completely captured. And what is more, it had bright catchy
      melodies beside which the riffs of swing sound pretentiously laboured and
      trite.'

      anon review Gramophone April 1945 Bechet N.O.F.W. 'Maple Leaf Rag'

      Which goes to prove that pontification was hardly less ignorant back then.

      Always a pleasure to read true experts like Howard and Nick, many thanks.

      I have both 'Swingtime in Tottenham' and the complete Larkin on jazz so
      shall investigate and report back but Larkin can hardly have embraced
      minstrelism before the term was invented. I can find no online dictionary
      entry for this either so it must be a pretty recent concoction. Not a
      terribly good one either as it seems confusingly to have nothing to do with
      minstrelsy. I am also confused as to whether it means the Uncle Tom attitude
      of blacks or the exploitative and patronising attitude of whites to music
      production.

      Freddy Gardner. Got some on now. '10.a.m Blues' 1939. Super Norman Payne,
      showing the various influences nicely synthesised. Gardner himself splendid,
      indeed not showing any obvious models on alto, clarinet nor tenor. Quite an
      achievement in pre-war Britain.

      Er -- what visible embodiment is being republished ?

      Dave







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    • ROBERT R. CALDER
      Well said, Luis!  NETIQUETTE, PLEASE, some would-be contributors!!! You come here to respond to messages NOT TO BURY THEM in copies of the same text Please
      Message 54 of 54 , Aug 23, 2012
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        Well said, Luis! 
        NETIQUETTE, PLEASE, some would-be contributors!!!
        You come here to respond to messages
        NOT TO BURY THEM in copies of the same text
        Please delete the hundreds of lines to which
        you are replying. 

        RRC

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