Posts Tagged ‘swing’

Palm Rotation

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

I like both. Original image found here.

The .Gif Friday Post No. 672 – Tossing Rice, Pendulum Boy & A Pitbull Ups the Ante

Friday, 19 March 2021

[Found here, here and here. The top one is Alyssa of
Fried Rice Art. Cool video here.]

Saturday Matinee – El Twanguero, Hot Club du Nax, John Prine & Grandpa Elliot Small

Saturday, 16 January 2021

Spanish guitarist Diego Garcia, aka El Twanguero, plays his original composition Minor Rag / Spanish Rag. Stay with this one; it starts out slow then jumps to amazing.

Austria’s Hot Club du Nax features talent from Innsbruck, Prague, London and Bologna, and do a damn fine job playing 1930s gypsy swing.

John Prine had the perfect voice for his style of songwriting and was “among the English language’s premier phrase-turners with music relevant to any age.”

Grandpa Eliott Small & his PFC Band pulled off a great version of Buster Brown‘s Fannie Mae (complete with some whoopin’ and eefin’). A New Orleans street performer, Small once said he doesn’t know what beer tastes like, he’s never touched drugs and the only thing he smokes is the exhaust from the cars that pass Royal and Toulouse.

As I was looking for some music videos for this post, I began searching my memory for loud, angry, pissed-off frustration songs to reflect the recent abhorrent events that have fallen upon our Republic, knowing that things are about to get worse.

Then I decided that I didn’t want to go there. Venting is wasted energy, at least for me, so I wandered off in a different direction. Hope you like it.

Have a great weekend, folks, and we’ll be back tomorrow.

Saturday Matinee – Andrea Motis & friends, Stéphane Grappelli w/ Bill Coleman, Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks

Saturday, 3 October 2020

Spanish singer and Jazz trumpeter Andrea Motis.does Dizzy.

On the Saturday afternoon of the 6th Jazzing Festival, September 2019, there was a concert at the Bar Colombia in Sant Andreu town centre (a district of Barcelona, Spain) with Joan Chamorro, Andrea Motis, Carla Motis and Josep Traver plus some of the Sant Andreu Jazz Band including Joan Marti, Alba Armengou, Elia Bastida, Alba Esteban, Pablo Ruiz and Anastasia Ivanova (their guest from Moscow) here performing ‘On the Sunny Side of the Street.’

Bill Coleman (1904-1981) & Stephane Grappelli (1908-1997) ca. 1976. Great stuff for early morning forty miles to East Jesus road trips, or just sitting on the back porch watching the world go by.

Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks (with the Acoustic Warriors) 1989 reunion concert on Austin City Limits. Hicks had a solid fan base, but he got into alcohol and drugs, pissed off a lot of people. Years passed before he cleaned up his act and started over. DH&HHL came onto my radar in 1978 with (what my ears heard as) “Crazy Cuzzie Iz.” Thought he was singing about a family member.

Let’s do something tomorrow. See you then.

The .Gif Friday Post No. 651 – Feral Hairball, Puddle Princess, Basketball Jonie & Ice Buckethead

Friday, 25 September 2020

[Bottom three found here, here and here. I misplaced the source for the hairball.]

The .Gif Friday Post No. 603 – Mood Swings, Balloon Boy & It’s Your Move

Friday, 20 September 2019

[Found here, here and here.]

The .Gif Friday Post No.601 – Lil’ Mr. Not Amused, Ewe Fly Don’t Bother Me & School Taunt Fail

Friday, 6 September 2019

[Found here, here and here.]
3rd one seems to have originated from here.

Saturday Matinee – Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks had an unusual sound for a band based in San Francisco at the peak of the psychedelic music era. From an obit in the New York Times 7 February 2016:

“He came to call his music “folk swing,” but that only hinted at the range of influences he synthesized. He drew from the American folk tradition but also from the Gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt, the Western swing of Bob Wills, the harmony vocals of the Andrews Sisters, the raucous humor of Fats Waller and numerous other sources.”

Hicks was still performing up until his demise at the age of 74.

THAT is the prettiest (and only) cover of Tom Waits‘ classic “The Piano Has Been Drinking” I’ve ever heard. The backup vocals are sultry, and note the subtle hat-tip at about 03:00.

Have a great weekend folks, and a long one if you’re taking advantage of a mid-week Independence Day.

Saturday Matinee – Vinyl Throw, Blackboard Jungle, Groovie Movie, & Hellzapoppin’

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Even though it looks like a hoax, it makes me sad – no respect.

Yeah Daddio, Blackboard Jungle, 1955. Not much has changed since then, and they busted 78s in that movie, too. On the other hand, it introduced Bill Haley & The Comets, redefined them from rockabilly into rock and roll.

“Groovie Movie” short from 1944 – How to Jitterbug. Pay attention – there’s some hot stuff there, but nothing beats the Slim Slam Allstars.

Slim Galliard (piano, guitar) and Slam Stewart (bass) from the 1941 movie Hellzapoppin’. Killer stuff, that. Yeah, we posted it before, but so what. It’s great, especially because the clip begins with a tribute to jazz that was still popular just a few years prior.

Have a great weekend, folks, and tell your mom Bunk said Happy Mothers Day.

Saturday Matinee – Slim Gaillard & Slam Stewart

Saturday, 13 December 2008

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.]


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