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Jazz Music Vol.1 No.6 1943 0007

Jazz Music Vol.1 No.6 1943 0007

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just as well be SUDg by • man, other .folk m.usic do we find the without alteration in the meaD.iDg. • definite ,redominance of the male. Nothing conveys the life of a Woman has contributed nothing to people more truly than their songs. the history of American Negro folk More especially in jazz than any ~usic.

I HAVE NO particular desire to enter eight years ago, prove very much. I into either a long and involved contro-am still liable to make occasional slips versy or a contest in mud-slinging.. I on m;ltters of detail, as are critics of bow before Mr. Venables' superior far 'greater ability than myself. talents in this' direction. But, just to I might as well say a few words put the .record straight, I think I ought about those early days, which I still to clear up two of the points he raised recall with pleasure. In 1934/35 I in "J.M's" fourth issue. helped Eric Ballard to run "Ballroom
I certainly did say that I would pre-& B!nd" and "Hot News", two short­fer "to talte one of the Harry James lived magazines which did much to Columbias to the proverbial . desert pioneer appreciation of le hot. Even island in preference to Goodman's in those days, large numbers of readers Room 14II ." However, it would have sent in queries. Someone had to answer been more to the point if Mr. Venables them, and I fell for the job! Refer­had mentioned whieh Harry J ames I ence books were non-existent, and if had' in mind. . we hadn't a copy of any pa~cular'
Wrap' Y QU, Troubles in Dreams. item ourselves, we would try to get the (Col. DB.5043) was the disc I men-information from someooe who had. tioned to him. However many Sleepy Of course we made many mistakes. Lagoons and Coreertos for TT14mpet And, judging by the number of queries Mr. James may nowadays emit, this he set uSl R.G.V.V. wasn't such a great doesn't make his earlier work any less authority himself in those days. good . . Moreover, Dreams, its backing, His case would surely have been Littl, White Lies, and the other coup-stronger if he had been able to find ling from the same session-Lullaby in one fairly recent example of I my in­Rhythm/Out of Nowhere (Col. DB. ability to recognise the styles of his
. 5040)-also feature good work by Ver-beloved New Yorkers. With something non Brown, Dave Matthews, Dave like this in mind, he recently sent me a Tough, Jess Stacy· and Harry Carney. rather uicky questionnaire, and I think
Goodman's Room 14II is not· par-he will admit that my answers were ticularly bad of its kind, though it has fairly accurate. Had they not been, been highly over-rated. It does, how-he would scarcely have had to go back eyer, become distressingly incoherent eight years to,expose my ignorance!
• towards the end, when the players I am, however, extremely glad to seem to be in doubt, not only as to the hear him say how much he .appreciates tune and the chords, but also as to the work of many Negro artists. what key they are in. So that if my Having on many occasions had the
, ' choice! were in fact so narrowed down, pleasure of playins and discussing I would choose the James without hesi-records in his company, I can onlytation. remark on his success hitherto in keep-As to Mr. V.'s research into my ing such opinions to himself. That early writings, may I say that I have R.G.V.V. should at this date have never, 'so far as I am aware, been "the committed himself in print as an ad­accepted personnel expert in this mirer of even a han(lful of coloured country". Nor does the fact that I artists, is perhaps the one praiseworthy shoUld have given wrong personnels • outcome qf this present controversy.
" (This discussitni Is n!1fO closed-EDs.)

6. "Maple Rag" (73502)!"Sweetie Dear" (73398) by the New Orleans Feetwarmers on Bluebird 7615 (now cut~
out). Available to H.M.V. . These two sides recorded in New York, September 15th, 1932 , with a personnel of Tommy Ladnier (tpt); Teddy Nixon (trom~.); Sidney Bech~t (soprano sax and clart.) ~ Henry Duncan (pno); WIlson Myers (bass); Morris Morland (drums).
here must surely rank as some of JAZZ ENTHUS~ASTS have a!-his finest, and at the same time as ways been conspIcuouS for theIr some of the most invigorating jazz partisanship, and the energy which ever waxed. they will expend . in attacking or Many . superlatives have been defending some hero. of the art! I used to describe Sidney's playing Around the work of S,Idney Bechet .-sometimes, perhaps, a little -too in particular, there has .often raged extravagantly. Hugues Panassie, bitter controversy; th<; one school though summed up this disc well of thought jeering. at his "whinny-in his ;eview in the magazine "Hot ing vibrato", and the other indulg-Jazz". He wrote: " . . . I know ing (as a writer ih a contemporary of few things as beautiful as jazz publication puts it) in "die-Bechet's haunting soprano work in har~ Becheti~m"! Now, altho~gh Maple Rag. The other musicians I like to p~de myself QIl hav~g do nothing but accompany Bechet fairly catholic taste, yet I am afraid on this side. Sidney dominates that because I happen to have a everything, taking chorus after great admiration for the work. of chorus, yet always with new and, Bechet, many people would classify more vivid ideas, and his tremen­me in the latter category. dous power of execution makes one
In the case of Bechet, you see, think more of the trumpet than l!
there usually seems to be no half-saxophone."
way house. His broad, New . The backing, Sweetie Dear finds
O'rleans idiom, with thin unmis-Bechet switching to . clarinet, and
takable individual quality, either playing in a no less capable man­
make you a fervent admirer, or a n~r. Apart from Bechet, tllough,
6cornful decrier! This record is this side is notable for the fine
for the' nun1erous jazz-lovers who trumpet playing of Tommy Lad­
appreciate Sidney's music. nier, who is still not as widely
Maple Rag is Bechet "in excel-' appreciated as he should be.
sis". He plays with great assur-Altogether this is a very fine
ance and power, and his usual record, and one that should most·
wealth of ideas. This side, which certainly be available to collectors
starts in a breath-taking. fashion, over here. Let us hope that
builds up all the time, with no H.M.V. ~ay be persuaded to issue
sense of anti-climax. His work, this masterpiece.