Another dozen sizzling platters to warm up your roost on these increasingly cold evenings of Octo- brrr!
This month I'm featuring one of the most unusual collaborations of the Jazz Age, the very unlikely one between "society" bandleader Leo Reisman and Duke Ellington's low-down, growling trumpet star Bubber Miley (who was heard on last month's playlist, wailing with the Duke's band on their early Victor side "Flaming Youth").
Miley, along with trombonist "Tricky…
Yes, friends, summer is winding down, but I'm still winding up the old Victrola. Notable in this month's "grab bag," a great example of Duke Ellington's early "jungle sound," featuring the growling, snarling, low-down plunger-muted trumpet of the great Bubber Miley. Also, the aptly-named British theater organist Sidney Torch burns up the keyboard of a Mighty Wurlitzer, and don't miss the pure, driving New Orleans collective improvisation sound of Sam Morgan's Jazz Band. This kind of music is…Continue
Hot music, plus a little vaudevillian hokum from Billy Murray and some good old-fashioned song-belting from Sophie Tucker. Also of interest are the two equally great but very different renditions of "China Boy" made twelve years apart, which really show how much the style of jazz had changed (or evolved) over that time. By the way, it's just as well that they're both instrumentals, because the lyrics of that tune would definitely fail any modern "political correctness"…Continue
I never really thought that this fantastic site would go away, but I was a bit worried about it... weren't you, friends? But an "angel" (in the showbiz sense of the word) appeared at the last moment, and now all is well once again.
I got a couple of messages asking me where the Picks could be found if Dieselpunks vanished into the digital Great Beyond. Well, you can always find it with your favorite search engine, just by typing in "Pilsner's Picks." However, now you won't…