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On the strength of his historic 1939 version of "Body and Soul"—which only hints at the melody before launching into an improvised narrative of riveting emotional complexity—Hawkins established the tenor saxophone as the dominant voice in jazz and, if you believe the critics, single-handedly ushered in the age of the modern jazz solo. While a few writers and historians have had a chance to hear this newly uncovered gem (read Ben Ratliff's account here), the rest of us will have to wait until it's new owner makes it officially available for public consumption.
As a consolation, take the next three minutes and give a listen to Coleman Hawkins's original work of genius, followed by the wonderful Eddie Jefferson's note-for-note "vocalese" interpretation of Hawkins's performance:
Now on to this week's treasures...
Cuchi Cuchi Cuchi
Boffo boogalooist Ray Terrace brought in his famous brother Pete (Pedro Gutierrez, who later gave up music to practice medicine back in Puerto Rico) to arrange this set of Latin jazz smokers from 1965. Manny Roman and Willie Torres handle the vocal duties while the band churns madly.
Benny Hess ~ "Wild Hog Hop
(Blog: Rockin' Gypsy)
High on the Hog
Bennie Hess's papa, Vestral (yes, Vestral!) worked on the railroad with the legendary "singing brakeman" Jimmie Rodgers, who stayed at the Hess household in Texas on occasion, enthralling young Bennie with his yodeling. (Though Hess was a first-class huckster, promoter and bullshit artist, this appears to be fact.) Handing down the love of music from father to son continued when Bennie tossed his 4-year-old son, Troy, on stage as "America's Singing Souvenir." (Hear Troy sing his breakout number: Please Don't Got Topless Mother (mp3).
Legendary luk thung singer Phraiwan Lukphet crooned the themes to numerous beloved Thai films cementing his eternal popularity. I don't know what he is singing in the devastating numbers, but the melancholy is so thick you could cut it with a parang.
James "Wee Willie" Wayne ~ "Travelin' From Texas to New Orleans"
(Blog: Don't Ask Me ….. I Don't Know)
There seems to be a bit of a Internet conundrum about the original authorship of the New Orleans R&B classic "Junco Partner." It's about 110% certain that record label exec Bob Shad, who'd received royalties on the tune going back to 1951, didn't write a damn thing. Many credit James Waynes, aka James Wayne, aka Wee Willie Wayne as the first to record, if not compose, the number. (If you were inclined to not necessarily believe everything the colorful Mr. Wayne had to say, who could blame you.) This collection delivers "Junco Partner (Worthless Man)" and 17 other jump blues monsters.
A.V.R.O. Dansorkest ~ "Conducted by Hans Mossel"
(Blog: Música Ácida)*
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From the album: Boris on the Bass (mp3)
Amster Amster Dam Dam Dam
Dutch national radio A.V.R.O. launched a dance orchestra in 1935, but it was disbanded after its conductor was implicated in a "minor sex scandal." A year later a new band was formed under the leadership of clarinetist Henri Emile (Hans) Mossel. Mossel would perish at Auschwitz in 1944.
*Note: This terrific blog has been shuttered, but the download is still active. Click on the link above to go straight to the Megaupload page where the download is hosted.
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