EARLY ROOTS OF JAZZ: “ROCK AND GRAVEL”

Syl Valentine was a trumpeter extraordinaire. He formed a 3-piece group, The Patent Leather Kids. This combo is taken to musical heights by their collective music intelligence. I chose this song from publicdomain4u.com to demonstrate how human music intelligence can go a long way. This three-piece really produces a full sound – I don’t miss the drummer at all. Continue reading “EARLY ROOTS OF JAZZ: “ROCK AND GRAVEL””

EARLY ROOTS OF JAZZ: “EVERYBODY’S CHARLESTON CRAZY”

The Georgia Melodians recorded this song based on the world-wide dance craze, “The Charleston.”  The Edison Diamond Disc used back then was designed for the latest technology, their newly manufactured 78 rpm player. The Melodians from Savannah, Georgia (mostly known for their studio work) really got the “instrument blending” correct in this fun recording. You can hear the musicians playing off each other. Continue reading “EARLY ROOTS OF JAZZ: “EVERYBODY’S CHARLESTON CRAZY””