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21 March 2012

Stomp It Off

Stomp it off, indeed. This orchestra could get syncopate. I'm getting lazier on writing my own notes, so here's from Wiki. "Comedy and vaudeville played a distinct part in Lunceford's presentation. Songs such as "Rhythm Is Our Business", "I'm Nuts about Screwy Music", "I Want the Waiter (With the Water)", and "Four or Five Times" displayed a playful sense of swing, often through clever arrangements by trumpeter Sy Oliver and bizarre lyrics. Lunceford's stage shows often included costumes, skits, and obvious jabs at mainstream white jazz bands, such as Paul Whiteman's and Guy Lombardo's. Despite the band's comic veneer, Lunceford always maintained professionalism in the music befitting a former teacher; this professionalism paid off and during the apex of swing in the 1930s, the Orchestra was considered the equal of Duke Ellington's, Earl Hines' or Count Basie's. This precision can be heard in such pieces as "Wham (Re-Bop-Boom-Bam)", "Lunceford Special", "For Dancers Only", "Uptown Blues", and "Stratosphere". The band's noted saxophone section was led by alto sax player Willie Smith. Lunceford often used a conducting baton to lead his band."

And from Allmusic.com, "The first in Classics' "complete" Jimmie Lunceford series has two titles apiece from 1930 (when the band was based in Tennessee) and 1933 along with its first six sessions for Decca in 1934. Lunceford's band had an immediately recognizable sound by 1934 and, despite the presence of such top soloists as altoist Willie Smith, tenor-saxophonist Joe Thomas and high-note trumpeter Tommy Stevenson, it was its arranged ensembles (particularly those of Sy Oliver) that gave the orchestra its musical identity. Among the better selections on this CD are "Flaming Reeds And Screaming Brass," "White Heat," "Swinging' Uptown," "Rose Room," "Miss Otis Regrets" and the band's fresh interpretations of Duke Ellington's "Black And Tan Fantasy" and "Mood Indigo." Tracks 1 and 2 are by Jimmie Lunceford and His Chickasaw Syncopators. Enjoy. +


01. In Dat Mornin'
02. Sweet Rhythm
03. Flaming Reeds And Screaming Brass
04. While Love Lasts
05. White Heat
06. Jazznocracy
07. Chillun Get Up
08. Leavin' Me
09. Swingin' Uptown
10. Breakfast Ball
11. Here Goes (A Fool)
12. Remember When
13. Sophisticated Lady
14. Mood Indigo
15. Rose Room
16. Black And Tan Fantasy
17. Stratosphere
18. Nana
19. Miss Otis Regrets
20. Unsophisticated Sue
21. Stardust
22. Dream Of You
23. Stomp It Off
24. Call It Anything (It Wasn't Love)
25. Because You're You

1 comment:

Campbie™ said...

Chester- What a sweet delight to cool the sweating brow here in MOntreal which is sweltering with July Temperatures in March
as ever
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