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.




This is a one-microphone recording, so all the blending was done on the spot. I think the solos are special because of the supporting arrangements of the Patent Leather Kids. This track has some killer trumpet playing. Fortunately for us, Syl was way ahead of his time.

Author: Matthew King Kaufman

Husband, Father, I founded and was the chief record producer of Beserkley Records. We had international hits and established the careers of Jonathan Richman, Greg Kihn, The Rubinoos, and Earth Quake. "In the 80's I witnessed the new digital technologies that would change music forever, and then I hoped to enable music lovers worldwide to enjoy more music with these new technologies. I founded Fun Fun Fun Recordings to make more “out of the box” recordings I’ve come to enjoy.