Wednesday, April 8, 2015



Viking 2015

"When John Hammond first heard the Count Basie band, it was a revelation.
The Basie players were very different from Eastern jazz bands. Much of
their music was based on the blues, and they had a remarkable
singer in Jimmy Rushing, though Hammond thought the
vocals were secondary to the remarkable dance music they brought
with them from the Midwest. Their rhythm section had a lighter,
more even, and propulsion feel that was the envy of every band
that heard them (Benny Goodman, especially, favored the wing
they generated); the ensemble was strong and brassy;
they had the ability to create spontaneous arrangements based
on collective experience; and their use of riffs and call-and-response
was state of the art. It was music of urban sophistication that
still retained a feel for the blues."

John Szwed, Billie Holiday
The Musician and the Myth


Luster said...

Dear Bob,

Nice to see this. John Szwed was my favorite and most important teacher at the University of Pensylvania. He's having quite a third act with his Miles, Sun Ra, and Lomax biographies.

Stay close,

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Right-o, Mike,

Solid books 1, 2, 3 (now 4).

all's well, Bob