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  • Hello Robert I hope you are well. Just how much I appreciated your contribution. And to concur with your view that dissemination of 'knowledge' about our period is controlled by online 'dolts and numskulls'. Young folks coming to the music -- are any ? -- are deluded by these self-indulgent pontifications. Yanow and AMG seem omnipotent with their arrogant, often facetious...
    David Brown Jun 19
  • Hi Preston Awesome -- as they say -- to speak to someone who knew Bill Russell. The topic was the authorship of the standard clarinet solo on 'St Louis Blues' first played on record by Shields in 1921 and subsequently played by almost all N.O. clarinettists. Of course your transcriptions would be treasure for all of those with an interest in the history of N.O. Jazz. Do let us...
    David Brown Oct 31, 2016
  • 'Making up the chorus' may mean working out his own variations in advance or may indeed mean sticking received phrases together. Indeed it does stand out from the rest of the performance. Also, as you observed, really the rest of Shields' work. Indeed it is somewhat reminiscent of Dodds. At least with the Barnes interview we can discount him as author. Bill Russell was zealous of...
    David Brown Oct 28, 2016
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  • From the same invaluable source :- http://musicrising.tulane.edu/listen/ Interview with Harry Shields 28 May 1961 :- Larry's chorus on "St. Louis Blues" is mentioned --- HS (Harry Shields ) Larry said that he made up the chorus (unclear handwritten possibly 'in a corner' ) at the recording session. WR ( Bill Russell ) says now everybody plays the chorus. HS says he plays it, and...
    David Brown Oct 27, 2016
  • Many thanks to Michael for finding, and to Mike for extracting, the Barnes interview in which he says :- 'George Baquet did not play the special chorus, nor did Picou, until later years.' That suggests to me that the chorus was adopted after 1921, the date of ODJB Shields 'St Louis'. I've been checking back on our discussion here -- search with 'Shields St Louis' but the threads...
    David Brown Oct 27, 2016
  • Hello Dan, John, David and especially Tony Hard to overestimate the importance of Shields on clarinet style, even in N.O. as the 'Shields solo' on 'St Louis Blues', played by almost every N.O. clarinettist, attests. But that is a very good solo, I have never heard later N.O clarinettists playing in novelty Shields' style. Anybody ? Nunez, of French and Spanish decent (or as...
    David Brown Oct 26, 2016
  • Hello Mr Hardie Many thanks for sharing your fascinating article which includes :- 'This type of frenetic high register clarinet performance can be heard in the early danzon recordings. It appears also to have been developed in New Orleans during the early jazz era and can clearly be heard in what many believe to be the first of all jazz recordings' (ODJB) Is it not a trifle...
    David Brown Oct 25, 2016
  • Died 25 Feb 2016. All here are in his debt.
    David Brown Mar 4, 2016
  • Rust and Allen and the renowned Storyville team were real discographers. Lord merely collates the labours of others -- and collects. He is no active discographer. For me, all discography should be freely available in the PD. As Howard said > Most unknown musicians are unknown Discographers always have the tendency to fill in the gaps. In any period only a small minority of even...
    David Brown Dec 30, 2015
  • Robert Nice to hear your distinctive voice. I bow to no man in my admiration for Brian -- & Mary. A gargantuan task indeed in the pre-digital days of yore. I shall be happy to withdraw 'riddled' if it offends. Random definitions found for 'to be riddled with something' :- 1. to be full of or pervaded by something undesirable 2. to be damaged or impaired by something NO way is Rust...
    David Brown Dec 29, 2015