- 6 years ago
Playing tracks by
King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, Red Nichol's Stompers, George Gershwin, Fred Astaire, Paul Whiteman, George Gershwin, Adele Astaire, Fred Astaire and more.
Jazz music from the 20s, when it swung wildly as the post-war blew away the lingering cobwebs of the 19th Century, which has its echoes in Some of These Days, reckoned one of the first 20th century-style songs - tho' with one foot in the minstrel songs of the 19th Century - here in its first recording from 1926. Also, the final track is a reminiscence from the 40s of one of the songs that turned 19th Century music towards jazz, performed by a pair that could write down the notes that were being played in Storyville at the turn of the century - hence their being 'high society.'
Heebie Jeebies is reckoned the first record to feature scat singing - some say Louis dropped the words and had to scat it, and they put it out. Who knows? On Dippermouth Blues, you hear him with his mentor, King Joe Oliver. There's a few heavyweight songs from Brecht & Weill, and George Gershwin who plays while Fred sings & taps, with a bunch more songs that soundtracked the jazz life described by Cole Porter.