N OW that jazz is no longer the music of the young, the pend ulum seems to have swung the other way. Ironically, although the Duke was honored on Bourree - The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields 70th birthday both here with a dinner at the.
White House and abroad, no record com pany saw fit to issue even a single new disk by his unique orchestra during a year which, to other people, seemed to have a rather spe cial significance. But if the recording indus try was neglecting Ellington, at least one company finally got around to doing some thing about Eubie Blake.
He demonstrates the styles and tunes of some Breaking Me Down - Dante Fox - Under The Seven Skies the Uvwie Federal Love Club - Oromukeye ragtime pian ists he knew in Baltimore and Atlantic City between andperformances that are given added dimension by his vivid descriptions of these men and the places they worked, some of which are spoken on the recording, oth ers, quoted in Robert E.
Kim ball's excellent sleeve notes. These ragtime memories are full of the excitement and the raw life that flourished around them. This is a unique, definitive collection of the work of an important contributor to mu sical Americana.
It is prob ably no coincidence that the Ruby Braff who finally got it re corded was John Hammond who has been influencing the course of jazi for the past 40 years by the persistent manner in which he has pushed forward such stars as Billie Holiday, Benny Good man, Count Basie and Charlie Christian. Joe Venuti, in his day which was the twenties and thirtieswas more widely re corded than Eubie Blake.
That was when he teamed With the guitarist, Eddie Lang, to form a unique hot string duo. Until Lang's death inthey made records on their own, with the orches tras of Paul Whiteman, Jean Goldkette and Roger Wolfe Kahn, with innumerable small studio groups, and backing singers such as Bing Crosby and the Boswell Sisters.
But for the past 30 years Venuti has rarely been heard on rec ords. He has spent most of those years Mousey Alexander - On Sunnies Side Of the West Coast, although he recently made one of his infrequent appearances in the East at the Roosevelt Grill.
A year ago he was one of 22 assorted jazz musicians who played at a jazz party sponsored by the Blue Angel Jazz Club at the University Club in Pasadena, Calif. An hour and 20 minutes of the music played that night has been recorded on two LPs, Jazz at Pasadena 68, Vol. It is a per formance that could be the high point of most jazz LPs.
And this is not all that these disks offer because this was evidently Mousey Alexander - On Sunnies Side Of a party. George Van Eps plays exqui site guitar solos on both disks.
He is not only in good voice and aptly ac Mousey Alexander - On Sunnies Side Of by such invigorat ing spirits as Cary, Jackie Coons on mellophone Ruby Braff trombonist Abe Lincoln, but is in a relaxed, casual frame of mind that is not always evident on his studio record ings.
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