Gramophone records seem to jump out at me in the United Kingdom — I have seen more than half-a-dozen Louis lps in charity shop bins (including SATCHMO AT PASADENA and LOUIS UNDER THE STARS, sold here as SENSATIONAL SATCHMO) . . . but here are two UK jazz discs I bought in an Oxfam book and record shop — instantly upon seeing their covers.
What could possibly go wrong?
The only musician known to me is Ray Whittam, but I have great hopes. The second record (bassist Ron Russell’s JAZZ AT THE PALACE) had many more familiar names and they’d all signed in:
That’s Digby Fairweather, Pete Strange, and Keith Ingham — the last is someone whom I’ll see in person at Jazz at Chautauqua. I hope I’ll get a chance to show him this artifact from his somewhat earlier career.
Now we come to the more antiquarian part of this chronicle. Readers who tire of record labels are encouraged to skip to the end, where an audio reward awaits.
I saw this cardboard album of records in a Corsham shop named GRANNY’S ATTIC. We were in late, in a great hurry, so I bought the whole parcel (the shop-lady wouldn’t sell me individual records) and then, at my leisure, could inspect the contents. Here are the most interesting discs:
Arnheim’s band always had a rich sound — with or without its prize vocalist, Mr. Crosby.
I don’t know which of these two potentially despairing pop songs should be played first.
Erotic-romantic triumph . . . much better than moony longing!
Alas . . . back to lamenting and longing. But Nipper looks hopeful.
Sam Lanin,like Fred Rich, usually had interesting New York players hiding in those grooves:
And for the audio reward for those who might wonder what that last 78 side actually sounds like — here, courtesy of YouTube:
That’s Tommy Dorsey, bursting out of the ensemble in the last minute. TD’s solo and attack owe a great deal to one Bix Beiderbecke: consider his solo transposed upwards for cornet and see if you agree.
I am always delighted by the way that recording executives hid the hot solos, the jazz improvisation, for the last choruses of a hot dance record — perhaps thinking that the more dance-oriented buyers would already have made up their minds to buy the record and be immune to fright by that time. Who’s in the vocal trio? The YouTube disc is an OKeh, so perhaps a different take? Do any of my readers know the complete personnel? Is the drummer Stan King?
Too many questions, I know. But more records, I am sure, to come!