For the moment, it has stopped raining where I am, but skies worldwide still need to be brightened. Music is one of the best ways I know. Hot music.
You can read more about how these videos came to me (thanks to Kriss) and hear a wonderful WOLVERINE BLUES here.
For these performances, the Birds are Bent Persson, trumpet / cornet; Goran Stachewsky, banjo; Goran Lind, string bass; Ulf Johansson Werre, piano; Tomas Ornberg, reeds; Jens “Jesse” Lindgren, trombone.
Today, a quartet of songs / performances associated with Louis in his late Twenties cosmology. And please listen closely to Bent, who has spent years in study and performance of the Louis Hot Choruses / Hot Breaks book from 1927: an ascending break can be heard late in NEW ORLEANS STOMP, and a whole chorus in JIMTOWN BLUES, a song Louis never recorded. And the Weatherbirds romp . . . if birds can be said to romp! (Perhaps another verb for jubilation? No matter.)
NEW ORLEANS STOMP:
SAVE IT, PRETTY MAMA, with a Hines-chorus from Ulf and an evocative vocal by Jesse, while Tomas imagines Bechet joining Louis in the OKeh studios:
WILLIE THE WEEPER — so much swing in under three minutes:
Kriss has promised me more, as these wonderful Birds fly over . . .
May your happiness increase!