How about some free, accessible, wonderful music featuring Don Byas, Rex Stewart, Billy Kyle, Walter Page, Jo Jones, Teddy Wilson, Flip Phillips, Slam Stewart, Tyree Glenn, Charlie Shavers, Erroll Garner, Eddie Bert, Shorty Rogers, Red Norvo, Specs Powell, Harry Carney, Jimmy Jones . . . some in the studio, some live, between 1938 and 1945?
The connecting thread is that all the music was produced — in various ways, by the Danish jazz enthusiast Timme Rosenkrantz. he’s the fellow on the right in the picture.
And the music is on the delightful and informative website — created by Mike Matloff — devoted to his book HARLEM JAZZ ADVENTURES, edited by Fradley Garner. The book is a fascinating gossipy treasure, full of stories none of us would ever read anywhere else. I devoured it.
But first, how about the music? Listen here.
My favorite moment — among many — is the closing chorus of A WEE BIT OF SWING where the music seems to be going faster and faster, although you can hear that the Gods, Page and Jo, are holding tempo brilliantly. Also that record allows us to hear Tyree Glenn on both trombone and vibes and that indefatigable jammer, Rudy Williams, on alto, before Don Byas leaps in and Rex comes on. What master musicians they were! Eternal pleasures, I think. Thank you, Baron! You had such good taste.
May your happiness increase.