“Blues for Greasy,” performed by an amazing lineup of talent from 1950: Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison: trumpet; Lester Young: Tenor Sax; Flip Phillips: Tenor Sax; Bill Harris: Trombone; Hank Jones: Piano; Ray Brown: Bass; Buddy Rich: Drums; Ella Fitzgerald: Vocals.
Sorry to switch gears so quick. Here’s Stevie Wonder’s classic “Higher Ground” live in 1973. Always take it.
For many years I thought King Oliver formed the band. Here’s Kid Ory’s band in 1959, playing “Muskrat Ramble,” a song he wrote in the 1920’s. [Bonus: Interview with Kid Ory.]
Satchmo got his start playing 2nd trumpet in King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, later married the piano player Lil Hardin. Here’s Louis Armstrong’s version of “Muskrat Ramble.”
Country Joe MacDonald blatantly and unashamedly ripped off Kid Ory’s tune (probably without paying royalties) and warped it into a sarcastic war protest song. Here he is in his blissfully ignorant glory (apparently without the Fish) at Woodstock 1969.
Here’s a kinda related video: Small Faces’ “Tin Soldier.” There’s a reason they had few TV appearances and I don’t think Spinal Tap could’ve topped that spastic performance. [Found via Mogadonia.]
Just sealed it. I’m going to hell for connecting Kid Ory with Spinal Tap Lego animation. I am very sorry and I promise that it won’t happen again as far as you know.
As I arrived at TR HQ today, I found a CD sitting all alone. Turns out the lovely Mrs. Strutts scored a copy of Slim Gaillard’s “Slim’s Jam.” Better yet, the missus got it for nothing. WOW. “Flat Foot Floogie” for free. Good God, I’ve heard this guy’s stuff. He played lead guitar when guitar was looked down upon as a mere rhythm instrument. Gaillard was WAY ahead of his time. (Listen for his pre-Chuck Berry licks on the second video.)
You ever wonder where Little Richard came up with “Tutti Frutti?” It was from Gaillard’s advanced musical tublications. FACT.
“R-A-G-G-M-O-P-P RAG MOP”
[Just a few years later, it looked like this, from Uncertain Times.]