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Jazz Music Vol.1 No.6 1943 0009

Jazz Music Vol.1 No.6 1943 0009

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By Lf,lis RIIssell enel his Burning
EigHt. Parlo.. 2186.

Luis M.teal/-trmpt; 1. C. Higgin­botham-trmbn; Charlie Holmes­also; Theo Hill-tenor; Luis Russell -piano; WilI1ohnson"":'guitar; Moore bass; Paul Barbarin-durms. Recorded
1tm. 19ZB•
Delauney I includes Al Nicholas on clarinet but since he cannot be beard on either of the two sides from this session that are available over here, I have omitted his nal1lc. Perhaps readers who possess a copy of Call of the Frea/es (401533) will check this point and let me Itnow. The above remarks apply only to Tight Like That which is the raison d' etre for this review. It is a pleasing twelve-bar tune treated in near-New Orleans fashion which gets away from bar one with such fine tr\jmpet playing that one has no hesitation in adding Met­calf to the list of really exciting jazz­men. His solo is followed by dIe grandest Higgy, whose chorus seems to be backed by figures on trumpets and two claripets. (Most likely Holmes and Hill douhling).
Aftor a short break, 1I0lmes plays a cborus in which every note counts. If any man Cjln be said to play New Orleans alt~Holnies is the man, and one' wonders why he misses top-rank­ing these days. He is so much mo~e satisfactory than Pete Brown or Lows Jordan. Another solo from Higgy leads into a blues vocal, in humorous vein, which can only be by Metcalf unless some unknown singer was smuggled into the studio.
"Listen here folks, I'm gQin' to sing
11 little song,
JlJ.l~ you musJl't get mad-for I
mean you no wrong,
Prlnt.d by Express Ptlnt••,
Oh, it's tight like that-it;s tight like that. Boy, you bear me talkin' to you? . I know it's tight like that.
I went to see my gal, she lives 'cross the hall An' I found a new mule kickin' round in my stall, Oh, it's tjght like that, etc.
I love a gal, she slIre is funny and slim, Whel) sh's $truttin' I;ter stuff it's just too bad Jim! Qh, it's tight like that, etc."
Theo Hill's tepor follows the vocal and then an all-in final chorus whim is allowed to carry on for a neat four­bar coda.
Metcalf's playing here is sufficient evidence for most people to assume that he features on Oliver's Freaks aJlll TrumPet's Prayer though claims ari: Hill ' made of Pinlteu's prCfie~e on that disc. To be noted particularly is the ~ympathy between the musicians (on the Tight Like That si,de) which results in the piece sounding uniform and sm.ooth-fiowing-a pleasing con­trast to the current ,trend of stringing together solos that are no more than harmonic exercises on a given theme.
,Of the reverse ,side little Can be said except that it features an awful vocal, some fierce trombone, and the tune is commonplace and, presumably, what the composer believes the public will take for Negro music in the religious tradition.
A lecture entitled "A Survey of Negro Poets" }ViI.! be given by Albert McCarthy on Friday, April 16th, at the Freedom Press Rooms, • 27, Be1size Road, Swiss Cottage,
N.W.6. Freedom Press is about five minutes from Swiss Cottage Tube Station (Bakerloo Line).
J.S.S. members are welcome to attend.
84a, Whitechapel Hlah StrHt E.'