'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
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
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 ?
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