Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Musical interlude (mp3 blog goodness)

It's a while since I last did this.

I've fallen behind with Locust Street. 1917 features Erik Satie's homage to/theft from Irving Berlin's "That Mysterious Rag", and Harry Kandel:
Harry Kandel, born in Galicia in 1885, studied music in Odessa, played in the Czar's army band, and left for the United States around the time of the 1905 Revolution. He played vaudeville, worked in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show and in John Philip Sousa's orchestra. In his spare time, he helped invent modern klezmer.

In the recordings Kandel made as a bandleader, Kandel's clarinet often supplants the violin, the traditional leading instrument in klezmer, making the records something like second cousins to jazz (a link formalized when Benny Goodman remade Kandel's "Der Shtiler Bulgar" as "And the Angels Sing.")

Recorded in New York on 14 November 1917; on Victor 72475B (listed as "A freilachs von der chuppe") c/w "Oddessar Bulgarish"; on Klezmer 1910-1942.

(You can hear a possible (inadvertent?) klezmer influence in Ted Lewis' clarinet, on Earl Fuller's Jazz Band's "Coon Band Contest," recorded September of the same year--Victor 18394-B; in this archive.)
Jim has been blogging about Benny Goodman, and will love this: the complex journey of jazz standard "After You've Gone", featuring Sophie Tucker, Goodman, Fats Waller and many more. 1919 is also superb, linking the global revolutionary wave that included the Bolsheviks and Wobblies with the rise of jazz. And a post on the death of the American car industry, covering Springsteen, Fats Domino and The Wire, is genuis.


Ctel at The Vinyl Villain:
Carter USM – Twenty Four Minutes to Tulse Hill (1991): This is loud and overwhelming. The lyrics were local to where I lived. But the key to the track is the recording of the pre-recorded railway announcement of stations to which the West Sutton train will call. It is everyman. They are me and I am they. Anyone can be a pop star. There is no exclusivity here. Everyone is welcome if they are prepared to participate. I can see the yellow bricks of South London’s Victorian houses. I can see the way the late afternoon sun hits the yellow bricks turning them gold as we pull out of Forest Hill station. It is beautiful. More beautiful than almost anything I have seen before or since.

On of my favourite songs: Susan Tedeschi singing the Rolling Stones' "You Got The Silver". At Star Maker Machine.

At Aurgasm: the Ramirez Brothers, funk from Tel Aviv; Sonar Kollectiv Orchester, global cinematic electronic minimalism; and Gaida, pan-Levantine sultriness.

1 comment:

phil said...

Thanks for the mp3 links - I'll definitely check them out.